January 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My husband, an avid soccer player, injured himself twice last year, which left him unable to work for months at a time. He refuses to hang up his cleats because he says it's his "one true passion. " I think he's being selfish because his soccer injuries have caused a financial, emotional and physical strain on our family. I can't be the only wife and mom who doesn't want the additional risk. Any advice on how to get through to him? - Sports Wife in Cleveland DEAR SPORTS WIFE: I don't know how old your husband is, but two serious injuries in one year may be a hint from Father Time that his reflexes aren't as acute as they once were, and he should channel his passion in another direction.
October 23, 2014 |
MIKE MURPHY is an old-school coach with an old-school crew cut. Murphy coaches football at Haverford School, an old-school old school on a picture postcard campus, banners everywhere proclaiming its mission, "Preparing Boys for Life. " It's college prep. All boys. The kids must wear ties and jackets to class. Every day. They grumble about that. "We wear black cleats, and they're not happy about that," Murphy confessed. "I'm old-school. I'm a huge Notre Dame fan, and they've gone to those flashy blue-and-gold cleats, and I'm not thrilled about that.
October 9, 2013 |
The cleated football shoe hit the ground with 237 pounds of force and pivoted abruptly in a counter-clockwise direction, as one might do while running a tight pass route. But there was no human foot in the shoe, just Pennfoot. It's a device invented by Pennsylvania State University researchers to measure traction between shoe and surface, to help groundskeepers and sports teams minimize injury. Athletes like a lot of linear traction so they can start and stop quickly. But Pennfoot measures its unwanted cousin: rotational traction - the amount of torque exerted on the shoe when it tries to pivot.
December 20, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For much of his hourlong visit with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz talked about football, life and young Jack, the child who idolized him. Tears were shed. Feelings were shared. Cleats and gloves worn by Cruz to honor Jack Pinto at Sunday's game were given to his family. On Wednesday, Cruz somberly recounted his meeting with Pinto's parents and brother in Newtown, Conn.
October 26, 2012 |
REST AND REHAB weren't enough to get Greg Jennings back on the field. The Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. He would not put a timetable on his return, but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending. "Honestly, I'm over being bummed about it. That took place 3, 4 weeks ago," Jennings said Thursday. "It is what it is. I need to take care of it to 100 percent, and that's the process I'm taking.
May 2, 2012 |
Anthony Valucci, Roman Catholic's second-year baseball coach, said "a little bit of everything" played a part in his team's disappointing 2-10 start. "We always had that one bad inning, we were inconsistent on the mound, and we didn't have timely hitting," he said. Valucci is hoping a combined 32 runs in recent wins over Catholic League Red Division rival Archbishop Ryan (18-15) and Lansdale Catholic (14-4) point toward a strong turnaround and league playoff berth. Since six of seven Red Division teams qualify for the playoffs, the last-place Cahillites (4-10 overall, 2-6 league)
February 1, 2012 |
PURPLE SHOES. It's how I'll remember Sebastien Le Toux. Not necessarily the shoes, but the story that accompanied them. Le Toux, who announced, via Twitter, before the Union did yesterday morning that he was headed to Vancouver - later to be learned for allocation money - told me the following story once about his trademark purple cleats. Just before a match during the club's inaugural season, Le Toux was in the locker room lacing up his boots, a fresh pair of purple Nike Mercurial Vapors, when Union manager Peter Nowak looked at his choice of footwear, bewildered.
December 16, 2011
LAST SATURDAY night, I went to see "The Nutcracker. " It was exactly 40 years after the first time I sat in those red velvet seats at the Academy of Music, but this 50-year-old woman saw the same magic (and felt the same butterflies) as the fourth-grader inside her. Life is made up of many things, but the best ones conjure memories of places and times that no longer exist. "The Nutcracker" does that for me, sending me back decades to my first official date with my first (and best) love: Dad. That thought triggered another: There were an awful lot of men in the audience.
October 8, 2010
As it gears up to restart arena football play in the spring, the Soul will hold an open tryout on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Eagles practice facility in South Philadelphia. Soul coach Mike Hohensee and his staff will run potential players through a series of individual and position-specific drills, so appropriate workout gear is required. The testing will take place on field turf and metal cleats are not permitted. Kickers will not be evaluated at this session. Registration is $60 if done before Oct. 27, or $80 if done afterward or at the door, which opens at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 30. The NovaCare Complex is located on Pattison Avenue, between Broad and 20th Streets in the shadows of the Sports Complex.
August 26, 2010 |
Tony Barchuk can't wait. Understand, the Kingsway football coach isn't going through the anticipation a child experiences on Christmas Eve. If anything, that's reserved for junior lineman Connor Duffy, whose large feet have generated a ton of interest over the past several weeks. No, Barchuk's emotions are more like the feeling that comes at end of a school year or finally arriving at a destination after a 4-week drive. "Absolutely," Barchuk confessed. "From what I understand they should be here any day. " "They" are a pair of size 22 Nike cleats for Duffy, who has had a rough time finding shoes to fit his feet.