Frank Schwab at Fourth-Place Medal 14 days ago
In 2010, Jahvid Best was the fastest running back in the NFL draft.
His 4.35-second 40-yard dash time was tops at the scouting combine among running backs and was a reason he was picked in the first round of the draft. He’s not the fastest player in combine history — officially it’s Chris Johnson at 4.24 seconds and there have long been urban legends about Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders running the 40 even faster there — but Best’s speed was elite among NFL players. Lions receiver Marvin Jones, Best’s teammate in college at Cal, told ESPN.com he has “never seen anybody faster on the field.”
And Best still was far behind Bolt, who finished the heat in 10.07 seconds. Bolt would win the gold medal with a 9.81-second final. Take that, NFL speed.
“I don’t think there’s anybody like him,” Best told ESPN.
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Frank Schwab at Fourth-Place Medal 20 days ago
Ray Lewis can get excited and is passionate about seemingly everything, which was probably a big reason why he’s going to to the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday. It can also lead him to say some unintentionally funny stuff.
Lewis was a Baltimore Ravens icon, and while Michael Phelps and his 21 gold medals is an American icon, he is originally from the Baltimore area. He and Lewis are good friends. Phelps even credited Lewis for his Rio Olympics comeback.
The relationship makes sense, between the Baltimore connection and great athletes usually respecting each other, even across sports. Phelps is a big Ravens fan and it didn’t seem out of place when the Ravens’ official Twitter feed threw him some congratulations on Tuesday night.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 10, 2016
People get mad when you insist if the United States sent their best athletes — typically meaning the guys who play football on Sundays in the fall or play above the rim in the NBA — then the U.S. could dominate any sport.
Fans of those “other” sports take it as an insult to their athletes, and understandably so. It is too simple to say that if Stephen Curry and Adrian Peterson grew up playing soccer then the U.S would be competing for a World Cup.
But give U.S. national handball team coach Javier Garcia-Cuesta credit for honesty. He was asked how long it would take Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to become the greatest handball player in the world.
“Maybe six months,” Garcia-Cuesta told the Washington Post. “This is just a hypothetical. He has everything. When you see him playing, your mouth drops.”
That’s pretty amazing to think about, especially considering the source.
Look good, feel good. Feel good, play good.
The New York Times reported that the leotards worn by the U.S. women’s gymnastics team have 5,000 Swarovski crystals each. That’s more than four times as many crystals as the 2012 leotards (those had 1,188, The Times said), and more than 27 times as many as the leotards in 2008 (a paltry 184).
“It’s difficult for me to imagine how we could get more crystals on,” Kelly McKeown, executive vice president for design and corporate relations at GK Elite, the official outfitter of the American national gymnastics team, told The Times.
All those crystals aren’t cheap.
Lucky Stars of Rio: Iron Lady wins in an upset | King wins battle of USA vs. Russia | Murphy sets Olympic record | Safety gives Patriots quote ever | Ledecky does it again in 200 freestyle | Phelps takes two more golds in epic night | Hosszu turns in record-setting 200 IM
Let’s put Phillip Dutton’s bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in some perspective: He’s four years older than Mary Lou Retton.
Dutton, who at 52 years old is the oldest American competing at the Rio Olympics, won a bronze medal in equestrian individual eventing. Dutton had previously won gold in 1996 and 2000 in team event, but this was his first individual medal.
This was also Dutton’s first medal competing for the United States. Dutton, competing in his sixth Olympics, won those golds with his native Australia.
— USEF (@USEquestrian) August 9, 2016
American swimmer Katie Ledecky is already one of the undeniable stars of the Rio Olympics. When she shattered a world record in the 400-meter freestyle, all of thepublicity and positive vibes started rolling in.
That must have looked familiar to Missy Franklin, who’s simply trying to find some answers in Rio.
In 2012 Franklin was one of the biggest stories of the London Olympics. At age 17, she won five medals, including four golds. Franklin became a star.
Rio hasn’t had the same storybook feel for Franklin, at least so far.
Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final on Monday, continuing her struggles that were also apparent through the Olympic trials. And it’s clearly not easy for her.
So heartbroken by my results from last night. Doing everything I can to keep my head up and keep fighting with all I have????????
Johnny Manziel's entire off-field life, from Texas A&M until now — when he has virtually no chance at getting back in the NFL — has played out in an intensely public manner.
In a normal world, an athlete's father sharing his pessimistic and dark feelings about his son's future through the media would be very odd, but Manziel hasn't lived a normal life since he burst on the scene as a redshirt freshman in college and won a Heisman Trophy.
So on the heels of a story that Manziel's lawyeraccidentally texted the Associated Press with his concerns that Manziel could stay clean as an apparent part of a plea bargain in his domestic violence assault case, Manziel's father again had some startling words about his son.
There have been numerous public messages from soon-to-be former agents, ex-teammates, friends and family begging Manziel to make changes in his life. It's pretty clear nothing is working yet.
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Tarvaris Jackson, a longtime NFL quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks who is currently a free agent, was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife, according to Chris Hush of WESH in Orlando.
Hesh reported the news in a series of tweets, citing the police report that he also tweeted. Hesh said an intoxicated Jackson allegedly loaded a gun, pointed it at his wife and said "I'll kill you."
According to Hesh's tweets, Jackson's wife said, "You better be accurate (because) you ain't accurate on the field."
Jackson, who was in Kissimmee, Fla. visiting family, was grabbed by a witness to stop him from shooting, Hesh reported. The police report, which was cited by Hesh, said the victim grabbed a kitchen knife and a clothing iron for protection. The Osceola County County Corrections website said Jackson was booked Friday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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Even by the standards of Johnny Manziel's 2016, the story the Associated Press reported on Friday is unbelievable.
The AP reportedthat Manziel's lawyer Bob Hinton mistakenly sent the AP a long text message, which he said later was meant for another attorney, presumably discussing a plea bargain in Manziel's domestic violence assault case and apparently suggesting he believes Manziel might have trouble staying clean if that is part of any deal.
"Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," Hinton accidentally wrote to the AP, the news organization says.
Hinton also wrote, the AP said, that he was emailed a "heads up" receipt "which purports to reflect" that Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store this week, 15 hours after an incident in which his car was hit and the other car that hit his drove off.
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