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22 October 2009 @ 11:39 pm
Tales From The Gym...  
I mentioned a great Sports Illustrated article I read at the gym a few weeks ago, and I've found the online link for it: High-Jumper Dick Fosbury, and the accidental revolution of a sport.

Here are a few others that've caught my attention lately (same magazine):
- Just Go For It!, in which a high school football coach crunches the numbers and decides that punting and kicking have no place in his game.
- The Rehabilitation of Marc Buoniconti, a man paralyzed during a college football game who now spends his time fundraising for medical research that is finding new ways to help others survive heart-attacks, strokes, and spinal-cord injuries with less damage than ever.
- The Power Of One, or how a small-town Texas girl won the state track team championships by herself. Twice.

All of these were surprisingly compelling reads from a magazine I usually leaf through only in hopes of random mention of the U of O Ducks, or basketball articles.

 
 
 
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 23rd, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
That coach and maths story was interesting
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Wasn't it though? Given that he coaches at the high school level (and lower-division at that), his reasoning made sense. It's almost revolutionary thinking, to trust the numbers instead of tradition.

I photocopied the article for HSH to enjoy, but I'm almost afraid to let Christopher read it. He'd glom onto the idea immediately (math and football, his two favorite things) and then be trying it out in Madden '09.

And I'm fairly certain the game would punish him for it. Which would mean a lot of frustrated yelling. :0
bebeascarpetta on October 23rd, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you sooo much for bringing these articles to everyone's attention.&hearts
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
I hope someone besides me enjoys them! The only one that's more "American-specific" is the football one, but it's short.

I found them all fascinating, in totally different ways, and also brought the last one home to share with HSH before I discovered the online link to it.