Archive For February 27, 2014
It must be very hard for a millennial to understand the fuss around the Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding figure skating scandal in the run-up to the 1994 Olympics.
If you’re of a certain age, though – whether you’re a figure skating fan or not, and I am decidedly no fan of figure skating – the Shakespearean story of Harding and Kerrigan still engages, and still grabs peoples’ attention, twenty years later.
Why, though? Why, twenty years later, in a sport I care little, does the story still grab me? Why did I spend time out of my life watching dueling NBC and ESPN documentaries on the subject, and Google multiple stories about Jeff Gilooly, idiot “bodyguards”, and the whole sordid affair?
I think it’s because the story, even twenty years later, is like opium.
The addictive story, even now, has everything. Everything. The woman that fought for everything, perhaps crossing over to the dark side to get her chance at Olypic Gold, vs. the woman who, despite her pleas to the contrary, had a well-financed team behind her, especially in the run-up to the Olympics.
A mysterious crime that still isn’t completely solved. Idiot criminals. Shakespearean tragedy. Icy rivalry. Flawed heroes. Heroic feats of athleticism. Recovery from tragedy – and a triumph against all odds. There’s even a twist of an ending to the story, mired in the weird politics of figure skating judges.
The real tragedy, though, is in the two women – still trapped in the narrative, twenty years later, perhaps never to fully emerge from it.
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Stop what you’re doing and watch. So how awesome is this?
On this icy Wednesday, Division I athletes across the country were signing their National Letters of intent.
Below the flip, find a montage of different National Signing Day pictures from WR Sasha Kelsey, OL Tim O’Hara, LB Cal Coffman, DE Justin Gille, WR Troy Pelletier, OL Kadeem Smith, DL Harrison Johnson, DB Quentin Jones, and – my favorite snapshot of all, to my left – strutting LB Hobson McCain.
(I’ll keep adding more signing day pictures to the post as I find them!)
The forecast in Eastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley tonight may call for snow and ice, but that’s unlikely to keep a lot of happy families heading to high school libraries and gyms in this area.
That’s because tomorrow is National Signing Day, the college football equivalent of Christmas.
Across the country, in some of those high school libraries and gyms, some of those students will be posing with a Lehigh hat next to them, or on their heads, to indicate that they’ve chosen Lehigh as the place they will be attending college. (Like rising junior WR Derek Knott, above, a few years ago at his signing day.)
Anticipating an announcement tomorrow, we look back. What do we know? How are we doing? Is the next LB Nigel Muhammad, RB Keith Sherman, FS Tyler Ward or WR Lee Kurfis in this class?
Everything we know thus far will be revealed below the flip.
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