...out there and did what we had to do. It's about confidence and being aggressive and nailing it." Reach Andy Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATLANTA - There's just no other way to put it. Jon Carman is big. No, wait a minute. He's just downright huge. Real huge. So large in fact that he was cast as an extra in The Lost World. You might have recognized him. He was the T-Rex who pushed Jeff Goldblum's RV over the cliff. Sorry, just kidding about that, but not about the first part. Carman, Georgia Tech's newest freak show, er, offensive tackle is a walking, talking eclipse. When he's near, it's instantly dark, the sun reappearing only when he lumbers away.
Ron Jirsa already has his spiel down pat. Georgia's new basketball coach has been on the job two months and it's like he's been playing the Las Vegas strip for 15 years. He just needs his own little drum and cymbal. "People always ask me about filling Tubby's shoes," Jirsa said, referring to his former boss Tubby Smith, who led the Bulldogs to NCAA tournament appearances both of his seasons in Athens. "Well, that shouldn't be any problem for me. We both wear size 13 shoes, so I know his won't be too big for me." Or, how about this one.
It's not uncommon to wander into Richmond Academy's dilapidated gym and find a group of guys shooting hoops on a steamy summer night. Usually it's the same assortment of high school starters and wannabees and has-beens, but on this night, the names and faces are different, the game a little quicker and tougher.
Growing up, movies were not a big part of my life. Most of the ones I saw were with Dad and of the John Wayne variety and are the reason I still use a saddle as a pillow. (Just kidding about that). As I grew older and sports began to dominate my way of thinking, so did sports movies. So, having now seen a good portion of what the world has to offer and currently sloshing through a summer that has been conducive to indoor activities, I decided to rank the best sports movies of all time.
Whitey Richardson is used to this. It's just the way things go when you're a baseball lifer. The phone rings. The voice on the other end gives you the news. Sometimes it's good. Other times, well, it's bad. You pack your car. You hit the road. It's just that simple. "I think it only took me 11/2 hours to get everything together this time," he said.
ATLANTA -- Tony Tarasco figures he'll always be asked about that day. No matter how long he plays, or where he lives, or even if he enters the federal witness protection program, it'll always be there. Like a bad song you can't get out of your head. It was last Oct. 9, and the Baltimore Orioles were in hallowed Yankee Stadium for the first game of the American League Divisional Series. Everything was running smoother than a new car for the Orioles until New York's Derek Jeter stepped to the plate.
It's hard to believe it's been almost two years. Nearly 24 whole months have passed - 721 days to be exact - since that epic battle between Thomson and Westside. Close to 5,500 rockin' fans packed Augusta College's steamy cinderblock hilltop gym that dry cold February night to witness one of the most memorable games ever played in this area. Those folks openly scoffed the fire marshal, like he was a little boy with a plastic badge.
There is no reason Ray Guy should be forced to go through this. He insists the wait gets less stressful each time, but it is obviously tough on him. The nervousness is present in his voice, almost, but not quite hidden by his quick laugh and easy-going nature. "I try not to get my hopes up too high," he says. "It's like getting the rug pulled out from under ya."
NORTH AUGUSTA - Pat Summitt has a problem. It's not a huge one yet, but it could be soon. See, Tennessee's astronomically successful women's basketball coach, fresh off her fifth NCAA title, is collaborating on a book. The problem, you ask? Well, it doesn't have a title. It hits bookstores in March, which makes for incredibly nice timing, but only if we know what to call it.