Tuesday night, Knicks president Phil Jackson reclined in his customary seat at Madison Square Garden near center court, approximately 25 feet behind the scorer’s table.
It was a few days past mid-September, and the 2016 NFL season had merely reached the conclusion of week 2.
The Giants were positioned to deposit Washington into a deep and perhaps lasting hole this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Hope springs eternal! For the Knicks this statement could indeed be one of their mantras as they commenced training camp Tuesday at the team’s training center in Greenburgh, N.Y., before continuing their preparation Tuesday at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where they will remain until Saturday.
It was only one game, but in the NFL, unlike the NBA’s 82-game schedule and Major League Baseball’s 162-game marathon, every game is crucial, especially those against division opponents. So the Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on the road this past Sunday in the 2016 regular season opener for both teams was significant.
At 86-years-young, Jim Robinson remains a passionate storyteller, vividly sharing narratives and anecdotes from many decades past.
It was Aug. 26, two weeks ago, that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick carried out what on the surface was an innocuous, silent protest against what he perceives to be widespread social injustices directed at Black men and women in this country.
Somewhere in the United States, Canada and countries thousands of miles from North America, a young girl watched Jennifer Abel, the sensational 24-year-old diver from Montreal, seemingly defy long-held laws of physics, powerfully, yet with the grace of a ballerina, tightly contort her body, rapidly twisting head over feet before causing barely a ripple as she entered the water at the Maria Lenks Aquatic Center in Rio.
For NFL rookies, the regimen, expectations, competition and requisite professionalism can be overwhelming.
It was July 9, 2006, a day that altered the lives of an entire family, both immediate and extended.