Happy birthday, Bo Jackson

Today is Bo Jackson’s 49th birthday, so I thought I’d watch a Bo Jackson video and then I watched about 10. The first video shocked me because I’m never ready for how big he is or how fast. And he was both.

Here are some videos and articles including football Bo, baseball Bo, Letterman Bo, Sesame St Bo, ect. The articles are interspersed with the videos. Make sure to watch the Tecmo Bo.

First mention of Bo in SI from 1982

The tackle that ended his career

Ralph Wiley suggesting Bo will have to choose

Bo on the go

On homering in first game back after injury

A hip injury

All Bo’s SI covers

Maybe the first profile

Gammons

Bo Jackson, the Heisman winner

Where is he now, from 2003

Bo must choose

If Bo Jackson doesn’t return

Happy birthday, Bo Jackson

New Boston Globe website

I’d meant to call this out earlier, when everyone was talking about the new Boston Globe website.

The newspaper’s existing site, Boston.com, will remain free and will offer breaking news, blogs, photo galleries, sports coverage, and a limited selection of stories from the paper.

Emphasis mine. I think this might be one of the reasons there wasn’t a huge uproar in Boston about the Globe starting to charge for online content. The new site has been live for over a month now, and today was the first time I tried to get to a page that was blocked.

New Boston Globe website

Coaching a Surgeon

This article, by Atul Gawande, looks at why certain professions have coaches, and more importantly, why some don’t. I liked this bit:

Good coaches know how to break down performance into its critical individual components. In sports, coaches focus on mechanics, conditioning, and strategy, and have ways to break each of those down, in turn. The U.C.L.A. basketball coach John Wooden, at the first squad meeting each season, even had his players practice putting their socks on. He demonstrated just how to do it: he carefully rolled each sock over his toes, up his foot, around the heel, and pulled it up snug, then went back to his toes and smoothed out the material along the sock’s length, making sure there were no wrinkles or creases. He had two purposes in doing this. First, wrinkles cause blisters. Blisters cost games. Second, he wanted his players to learn how crucial seemingly trivial details could be. “Details create success” was the creed of a coach who won ten N.C.A.A. men’s basketball championships.

The other interesting part was Gawande talking about being coached as a surgeon. He asked a former mentor to observe his surgeries and take notes. Almost immediately, Gawande discovers things he could do to make his surgeries more successful. The way Gawande talks about being coached makes clear doctor coaching is something that should be explored further.

Coaching a Surgeon

A collection of Red Sox related Tweets I liked on the occasion of their season being over

The Red Sox have had a pretty up and down season. I’m still not sure what to say about it, but there’s humor in pain. Especially other people are making fun of my pain. Anyway, I thought these Tweets were good.

@fivethirtyeight

@jazayerli

@joekinsella

@mickshaffer

@petersagal

Via Stellar

A collection of Red Sox related Tweets I liked on the occasion of their season being over

Ferran Adria’s other new job: Sports Nutritionist

Ferran Adria has another new job. Sports nutritionist for FC Barcelona’s youth team. (The other one is at Pepsi).

The Spanish club recruited famed chef Ferran Adria on Thursday to revamp its youth academy menu. The European champions say the former El Bulli chef will redesign the club’s La Masia meals to ‘foster healthy eating and exercise’ by providing the Catalan club’s future stars with the best possible diet.

Via Esquire

Ferran Adria’s other new job: Sports Nutritionist

Fan catches foul ball while holding kid

Fans catching foul balls are awesome. Fans catching foul balls while holding children are even more awesome. It happens more often than you think, even if MLB doesn’t want you to see any unauthorized video showing this.
Here are a few I found in a quick Google search:
With the baby strapped to chest.
On a bounce back.
Moms can do it, too.
With a few bobbles.
One handed.
Another one handed.
This guy didn’t drop the kid, and the kid didn’t drop the drink!

This post was inspired by a Mike Davidson Tweet that pointed to a guy at a recent Dodger’s game who dropped his kid to catch a foul and then muffed the catch.

Fan catches foul ball while holding kid