Stop me if you've heard this before: this is going to be the year when Christine Michael breaks out! No, seriously. I know that Michael has been a disappointment so far in his career for the most part, but I really do believe that he is finally poised to become a major contributor for the Seattle Seahawks' offense. That isn't to say that I think Michael will be the starter once the regular season rolls around. If Thomas Rawls is fully healthy by Week 1, then he's likely going to be the bell cow this season. But Michael showed me a lot in his second stint with Seattle at the end of last season. He ran with a lot of power and determination and ended up running for 70 yards or more in three out
Kevin Durant, then of the Thunder, smiles next to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr during the first half of a March 3, 2016 game. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. Jonah Keri talks with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about why they’ve made fun such central parts of their leadership philosophies, and how driving their players to enjoy themselves has helped create some of the most successful teams in their respective sports.
In the middle of upstate New York, north of the Finger Lakes in Geneva and west of the always-hovering snow squalls above Syracuse, stood three unlikely men slinging footballs one morning, dug into a pitch of dirt at a bite-size college you probably have never heard of. It’s the eighth day of Buffalo Bills training camp in mid-August and the three are united by more than just their jerseys. All three are fighting for playing time at quarterback for the Bills and all three are unmistakably black. Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones are the light-hearted bunch launching warmup passes to each other as practice starts, seemingly unaware of the importance of their convergence on this field.