Tess Quinlan

  • Pele, New York Cosmos greats encourage new Cosmos to continue club's history of success

    Tess Quinlan at Yahoo Sports 1 yr ago

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – When asked if he had spoken with any of the legendary New York Cosmos from the 1970s, defender Chris Rodd said, "Well, we went to lunch with Pelé."

    He shrugged, almost as if to ask, "Does that count?"

    Any sports fan in the world knows Pelé, so yes, it counts. The Brazilian superstar, who sparked a Cosmos championship run in 1977 in the old North American Soccer League, returned with his teammate Carlos Alberto to see the club's first match in 29 years – a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.

    In early June, the Cosmos' players and coaches attended a lunch with Pelé in New York, and he offered them advice on life – on and off the pitch. According to Peri Marošević, one of just 14 signed players at the time, Pelé talked about his passion for the club, declaring that it was the new Cosmos' turn to be successful and to not worry about the greats that came before them.

    "It was really an honor to be able to sit down with a legend like that," Marošević said.

    Meanwhile, the Cosmos embrace the greats of their past.

  • Minor league team puts 6,000 fan Twitter names on its Social Media Night jerseys

    Tess Quinlan at Big League Stew 1 yr ago

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia can barely fit his last name on the back of his jersey. At 14 letters, it’s the longest in the majors. While the Boston Red Sox player has just one last name to fit, the Fort Wayne TinCaps had a slightly bigger number to fit: 6,000.

    The San Diego Padres Single-A affiliate is hosting a Social Media Night on Thursday, where their jerseys will contain more than 6,000 Twitter handles. The TinCaps creative director, Tony DesPlaines, laid out each of the 6,000 Twitter handles and was able to fit them all on the jerseys. Good thing there's no 140-character limit on jerseys like there is on Twitter.

    Broadcasting and media relations assistant John Nolan explains how the idea was created:

    “The TinCaps' marketing department came up with the concept of the jerseys in the offseason and used the handles of those following @TinCaps as of March 11 for the jerseys, which were produced by Wilson Sporting Goods. The jerseys are white, with "@TinCaps" printed in red across the chest, and the green-printed Twitter handles adorned throughout."

  • Boston Marathon bombing leads to unlikely reunion, bond between college classmates

    Tess Quinlan at The Turnstile 1 yr ago

    As students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell more than 20 years ago, Roseann Sdoia and Paul Martin traveled the same social circles.

    Martin dated one of Sdoia’s sorority friends, but they lost touch after school.

    Earlier this year, the two college friends reconnected through tragedy.

    Sdoia lost her right leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. She and Martin told their story to Yahoo! Sports before a gala fundraiser dinner for the Challenged Athletes Foundation in New York on Wednesday night.

    After attending the Boston Red Sox game April 15, Sdoia and a friend went to watch friends finish the marathon. The two walked to Boylston St. and received a text that a friend was nearing the finish line. They headed that direction and heard the first explosion 15 minutes later. Sdoia knew enough to realize the explosion wasn’t any sort of way to celebrate the finish, especially since the elite runners had long finished.

    “I turned to run, and I ran right into the bag [carrying the second bomb],” said Sdoia Wednesday night. “I saw it puff up at my feet.”

    They talked for more than half an hour.