| Feb 12, 2011
| 11:53 AM
Chris Hanburger had never played organized football before enrolling at Hampton High in the summer of 1957. After four days of practice with the Crabbers, he wanted to quit.
"I was done," he says. "I was so sore I could hardly move."
| Jan 22, 2011
| 11:08 AM
It's so rare for the Bears and Packers to be playing for more than bragging rights that a magnifying glass is needed to find games approaching Sunday's importance.
Although even little games can seem big amid the lore and legend, the truth is these...
| Jun 13, 2010
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success"...
| Oct 16, 2010
| 5:42 PM
When I looked up "winning" on the computer, the individual most often quoted was Vince Lombardi. We are all aware of the legendary NFL coach's passion for winning. Who was it who said "show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser"?
I grew up in the...
| Nov 8, 2010
One of the most enjoyable experiences for many sports fans is to spend time with a former player or coach and listen to war stories — particularly if the tales involve some of the lesser-publicized shenanigans that occurred off the court or...
| Aug 26, 2009
Let's take a walk through George Smith's neighborhood. Here's his desk with the nameplate that reads, "They say Lombardi was tough"— though, he says, many of his players don't know who Vince Lombardi is.
Here's a reception area with a window-wall...
| Sep 10, 2009
If stability does not morph into stagnancy, Mike Tomlin has a puncher's chance of joining Vince Lombardi, Don Shula and Bill Belichick as coaches to win consecutive Super Bowls.
Seven-plus months ago, Tomlin's Pittsburgh Steelers were on the brink of...
| Oct 9, 2009
Having the skill to bring authentic stories to forceful and persuasive dramatic life is a gift not all writers have, but no one has it more than Britain's Peter Morgan. Best known for having written "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon," Morgan does it again in...
| Nov 27, 2009
| 3:09 PM
His CD collection includes The Cowboy Junkies, Sade and Van Halen. his vocabulary is liberally sprinkled with "cool,'' and he's crazy enough to wear a sweatshirt during practice on a 95-degree day. He's as polished as Bill Clinton -- minus the baggage,...
| Dec 27, 2009
What do we call this decade? The Ohs? If you say that out loud it sounds like a certain baseball team. The Aughts? What's an aught? In a practical but infinitely more gloomy choice, Time magazine settled on "The Decade from Hell."
And maybe it was. A new...
| Jan 23, 2011
| 6:51 PM
Two years ago, Mike Tomlin became the youngest man to coach a team to a Super Bowl championship. Sunday he joined more exclusive company when his Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Jets 24-19 in the AFC championship game.
Seven-plus weeks shy of...