Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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2010 Super Bowl Redux
by Tony Medley
In 1955 the Brooklyn
Dodgers finally won a World Series, defeating the Yankees (who had
beaten them in 1941, 47, 49, 52, and 53) in seven games. The seventh
game, won by Johnny Podres 2-0, is still lionized as the greatest game
in Dodgers’ history. What nobody remembers is that the Yankees played
almost the entire series without their best player, Mickey Mantle, who
was injured and only had 7 at bats in 7 games. Had Mantle been healthy
would the Dodgers have prevailed? Unlikely. But nobody remembers that.
New Orleans beat
Indianapolis in the Super Bowl Sunday. Nobody will remember that the
Colts best defensive player, Dwight Freeney, was seriously injured and
but a shadow of himself in the second half. In the first quarter the
Saints were using two and three men to block him and he still put
pressure on Drew Brees. But as his ankle tightened up, his skill level
decreased enormously, resulting in Brees completing something like every
pass he threw but two. The ONLY defense against a good passer is a big
rush, as Manning showed later in the game.
Actually, there were three
main reasons why Indianapolis lost:
- Freeney’s injury.
- Miserable, gutless play-calling by
Indianapolis (and the blame for that has to go to Peyton Manning who
runs the offense). After an heroic goal-line stand where the Colts
stopped the Saints on the one yard line, Manning ran three running
plays, didn’t get the first down, was forced to kick and New Orleans
got its field goal anyway. The onside kick to start the second half
was terrific, but Manning’s play-calling at the end of the first
half turned the game around. Against the Jets in a similar situation
he drove the length of the field with passes, scored, and turned
that game around. Three runs by the guy against whom nobody can
defend by a team with one of the worst running offenses in the
- Metaphysics. When Indianapolis gave up
against the Jets in the fourth quarter of a 15-10 game, pulled their
players and tanked the game even though they were undefeated at the
time, they not only thumbed their nose at their fans and the game of
football, they challenged the gods and got what they deserved, to
wit, Freeney getting injured in practice and Manning calling idiotic
As a postscript, Johnny
Unitas, John Elway, and Joe Montana can stop worrying about Manning
being considered the greatest quarterback of all time. The greats step
up in big games. Manning is 9-9 in playoffs. This was a game he had to
win. And he lost it, nobody else, by his play-calling at the end of the
first half and his less than accurate passing in the rest of the game on
big plays. He dotted the “I” and crossed the “T” on the issue of his
greatness when he charged off the field after the game without
congratulating Brees or anyone on the Saints’ team. Last year, in a much
more heartbreaking, last second, loss to Pittsburgh, Arizona quarterback
Kurt Warner (just as big a star as Manning) graciously stayed on the
field to shake hands with the Pittsburgh players who had just beaten
him. That’s the way a great player acts.
February 9, 2010