- Jeff Eisenberg at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
This is the fifth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
When the Phoenix Coyotes hired Canada native J.J. Straker as their ice maker last summer, the new job inspired more than just the usual congratulatory hugs and handshakes from his friends and family.
"There was a lot of excitement because people knew hockey's my passion, but they would ask, 'How are you going to do that there?'" Straker recalled with a chuckle. "Making ice in Arizona? It doesn't seem like that will work."
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew1 day ago
This is the fourth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
Ask folks in the sports business industry which once-popular athlete's reputation would be toughest for a public relations specialist to repair, and one fallen star's name comes up more often than any other.
Not Michael Vick despite his damaging felony dog-fighting conviction. Not Tiger Woods despite the scandal that exposed him as a serial adulterer. Not even Luis Suarez despite the Uruguayan soccer star's alarming habit of biting opposing players.
Disgraced New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was the choice of more than half of the eight sports business and crisis communications experts surveyed by Yahoo Sports. They believe Rodriguez's brand may never recover from being busted twice for steroids after insisting for years he was clean. Defiantly fighting his punishment instead of showing contrition or remorse also surely hasn't helped matters.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew2 days ago
This is the third of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
They were all warned pitching a mile above sea level would be tough on their arms and egos, but none of the Colorado Rockies pitchers was ready for the punishing reality that awaited during the franchise's debut season.
Their No. 1 starter spent most of the 1993 season on the disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. A 12-year veteran hit the waiver wire in early June with an ERA nearly triple his career average. And promising young closer Darren Holmes accepted a demotion to Triple A after completing the first month of the season with an ERA of nearly 18 and nagging doubts that his off-speed pitches would ever have the same bite at altitude as they did at sea level.Fri, Jul 255:40 PM PDTPittsburgh at ColoradoPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Dirty Tackle3 days ago
This is the second of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
Panic surged through Horacio Elizondo late in the 2006 World Cup final as players from both teams encircled him and awaited his decision.
An Italian defender lay on the ground writhing in pain, clutching his chest and pointing at French star Zinedine Zidane, but Elizondo had been watching the ball and had no idea what happened.
The Argentinian referee asked his assistant closest to the play if he'd seen the incident. No luck. Elizondo asked his assistant on the far side of the pitch. Again nothing. Then, just as Elizondo feared he was about to make a mess of the most high-profile match of his career as a referee, the voice of a fourth official typically in charge of administrative duties crackled in his headset.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 days ago
Not even one week after elite point guard Emmanuel Mudiay opted to turn pro instead of enrolling at SMU, another promising recruit has parted ways with the Mustangs without ever playing in a game.
Matt McQuaid, one of the class of 2015's best shooters, has backed out of his May commitment to SMU and reopened his recruitment, Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Duncanville, Texas is rated Rivals.com's No. 87 recruit and holds offers from Creighton, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas and Baylor, among others.
If the departure of Mudiay was a blow to SMU's chances of ascending to college basketball's upper echelon this season, the loss of McQuaid could hurt the Mustangs just as much in the longterm. Recruiting analysts have raved about McQuaid's catch-and-shoot prowess this spring and summer and have noted that he is making progress adding a dribble-drive dimension to his repertoire.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Boxing3 days ago
VENTURA, Calif. — Moments after going five rounds with a sparring partner who outweighed him by nearly 25 pounds last month, David Rodela climbed out of the ring, walked directly to the closest mirror and assessed the damage.
"You got me good," he told Abraham Lopez, pointing to a welt near his Adam's apple. "I don't know if that was a jab or a hook, but I'm going to feel that one later."
Bruises like that hardly faze Rodela anymore because he has endured far worse pursuing a line of work in which he gets beaten up for a living. The 31-year-old boxer is a professional sparring partner, one of the least glamorous and most punishing jobs in sports.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Turnstile4 days ago
For the past two months, I've asked the same question to everyone from friends to colleagues to athletes to executives: "What are the toughest jobs in sports?"
Their nominees have helped spawn a series of stories spotlighting eight dauntingly difficult jobs and the people who find them rewarding.
Some of the jobs are glamorous; others thankless. Some of the jobs are lucrative; others barely profitable. Some of the jobs are physically strenuous; others don't even require breaking a sweat. The only thing they all have in common is none is an easy way to earn a living.
Schedule for the series:
July 21: Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner — From black eyes to bloody noses to broken bones, David Rodela has suffered a litany of injuries trading blows with some of the world's best boxers. He explains why he loves his job anyway.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger7 days ago
It apparently wasn't enough for one Syracuse fan to merely buy tickets or merchandise to show his support for the Orange.
He wanted something a bit more permanent.
Rich Miner, a 28-year-old Syracuse native and lifelong Orange basketball fan, got a detailed black-and-white portrait of coach Jim Boeheim tattooed on his left calf Wednesday. The portrait of Boeheim is the work of Kyle Proia, a tattoo artist based in Baldwinsville, N.Y.
"I've always been a diehard Syracuse basketball fan for as long as I can remember. I've had season tickets for years, but recently I decided I really wanted to do something special," Miner said. I'm absolutely blown away with the result. I've never seen a tattoo look that photo-realistic with that much detail. I showed a couple of co-workers last night, and they said, 'It just looks like they put a sticker on you.'"
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger8 days ago
When Memphis coach Josh Pastner announced the hiring of a new assistant on Wednesday afternoon, he explained his choice by praising Keelon Lawson as a "great fit" for the job.
Of course, absent from the press release was why Lawson is such a "great fit."
Yes, Lawson is a former player at UAB and LeMoyne-Owen. Yes, he coached Hamilton High to a trio of Tennessee state playoff appearances in the past decade and to the 2006 state title. But the biggest reason Lawson is an appealing candidate for Memphis is because he is the father of four promising basketball prospects.
K.J. Lawson, a 6-foot-6 wing who has already committed to Memphis, is RIvals.com's No. 57 prospect in the class of 2015. Dedric Lawson, an uncommitted 6-foot-8 forward, is Rivals.com's No. 8 prospect in the class of 2016. And Chandler Lawson (Class of 2019) and Jonathan Lawson (2021) are both considered exceptional prospects for their age groups.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger8 days ago
Here's a little tip for Iowa forward Peter Jok: Give your moped to a friend. Sell it. Leave it on the curb with the key in the ignition until a thief comes along and swipes it.
As long as that moped remains in Jok's possession, he remains in jeopardy of becoming the first college basketball player ever to jeopardize his career because of his love for a low-powered motorbike.
Iowa suspended Jok indefinitely on Tuesday evening after his second moped-related arrest this offseason. Less than three months after getting pulled over on his moped with a blood-alcohol level of .087 and charged with an OWI, Jok was arrested again Monday for driving his moped with a suspended license.
Worse yet, Jok also reportedly hadn't bothered to replace the missing safety flag or improper lights on his moped that police dinged him for in April either.
Said Iowa athletic director Gary Barta in a statement, "I’m very disappointed to learn about this, especially in light of the fact that Peter had a previous incident earlier this summer."