George Vescey of the New York Times was there.
One NBA Star and 150 Bridges to Sichuan (NY Times, January 26)
That’s two Vescey columns in three CSB posts that have caught my attention for their excellence. This is a great snapshot of Yao’s relationship with his homeland and his generosity – and a great piece of sports writing as well.
Bill Dwyre at the Los Angeles Times has written a great piece on one of the coaches who made Beijing memorable: U.S. men’s indoor volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon. He led the U.S. men to the gold medal – one of four medals and three golds that USA Volleyball took home from China – in the worst of circumstances: an apparently random attack at the Drum Tower (Gulou) tourist site in Beijing the day after the opening ceremony took the life of his father-in-law, Todd Bachman, and critically injured his mother-in-law, Barbara. McCutcheon has now taken the helm of the U.S. national women’s program for the London Olympics, following in the footsteps of Chinese legend “Jenny” Lang Ping, who led the U.S. indoor women’s team to the silver in Beijing. McCutcheon is by all accounts a class act, and it’s great to see the U.S. national women’s team in good hands for the next quadrennium.
Hugh McCutcheon of U.S. volleyball moves beyond Beijing – LA Times
It’s been quieter at the CSB than I had planned, but George Vescey of the New York Times wrote a column today that pretty much summed up the reason. It’s hard to think about sports being important when so much of what’s going on in the rest of the world is going wrong. Of course it was a great day for Pennsylvania, my home state, in the NFL playoffs today. But after the game, when the crowds go home from their expensive seats and the players go home to their expensive mansions, in a world that feels like it’s crumbling, it feels like sport should be put in a different place rather than front-and-center in our world views. Kudos to Vescey for expressing that sentiment today, and hopes for a much, much better 2009.
Mad at Sports, and Mad at the World – George Vescey column in the NY Times, 01/11/2009