TOM IZZO IS RIGHT: DITCHING HANDSHAKE LINE A BAD IDEA

YAHOO SPORTS (February 22, 2022) – If you’ve witnessed Tom Izzo work a sideline during his nearly three decades as Michigan State’s men’s basketball coach, you know this is a man who exudes a near-crazed level of passion and intensity.

U.S. FORWARD ABBY ROQUE IS A FIRST-TIME OLYMPIAN — AND A PIONEER FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

THE WASHINGTON POST (February 1, 2022)- The players skated around Tuesday afternoon at Wukesong Sports Center without their helmets and — briefly, mercifully — without their masks, stopping and smiling for the camera that would capture the official team portrait of the 2022 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, not to mention their own camera phones that were tucked under pads on their hips or their shoulders. After the large group photo came the subsets: first-time Olympians in one shot, the goalies in another; University of Minnesota

‘IT WAS A CLASSLESS MOVE,’ MORNINGSIDE COACH SAYS OF INGLEWOOD SCORING 106 POINTS

Los Angeles Times (Oct. 30, 2021)- Inglewood Morningside football coach Brian Collins did not have kind words for the Inglewood High coaching staff on Saturday morning when discussing his team’s 106-0 loss to the Sentinels in a game that saw Inglewood quarterback Justyn Martin throw 13 touchdowns passes, including a two-point conversion pass with a 104-0 lead.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN A PANDEMIC—AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR THE ELECTION

THE BULWARK – In 1950, longtime University of Oklahoma president George Lynn Cross testified before the state legislature about why the school needed more money. When one state senator asked him to be more specific about how the funding would improve the school, Cross wryly replied that “I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud.”

FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD, WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE WRONG VALUES

The Washington Post (Jun. 11, 2020) – There are a half-dozen statues of Stonewall Jackson peering from pedestals, so tall he can see over three states. For a representation of Pen Hallowell, you can find only an archival photograph of a mildly handsome bearded young man in plain tunic, one hand holding a forage cap, the other resting lightly on a sword. Even in that, though, you can see his easy athleticism and his backbone.