In 17 years of coaching cross country at University High School, Jim Tracy had won seven state championships, the most in California history.
As his team started its quest for an eighth title, Tracy was diagnosed with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease — an incurable and fatal condition that causes muscles to gradually shut down. The girls on the team were devastated, but motivated by their coach, who chose to stay on and lead them through the season. Read More
In 17 years of coaching cross country at University High School, Jim Tracy had won seven state championships, the most in California history. As his team started its quest for an eighth title, Tracy was diagnosed with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease — an incurable and fatal condition that causes muscles to gradually shut down. The girls on the team were devastated, but motivated by their coach, who chose to stay on and lead them through the season. Read More
In a little-noticed portion of the National Public Radio undercover video, now-departed NPR executive Ron Schiller discussed the taxpayer-subsidized network's efforts to limit the damage from the firing of commentator Juan Williams.
At the time, October 2010, some Republicans were expressing outrage over NPR's decision to dump Williams for comments about Muslims made on Fox News. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that ...
- David Stern should be ashamed of himself. For days, the NBA commissioner stood by silently as his league took center stage of the sports world — in its offseason — thanks to LeBron James’ self-glorification ceremony on ESPN. Then, two days after the special, he declares it to be “ill-conceived” and in poor taste? Read More
Running around the airwaves:
- ESPN personality Chris Berman, or “Boomer” as his close friends call him, will become a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. It is amazing the face time this guy gets, not saying he doesn’t deserve it, because he does. He is bigger than life. Congratulations Boomer! Read More
A little bit from all over the airwaves ...
- I got an e-mail from Sacramento’s finest, Doug Kelly, last week, informing me and the world of a smart move by the San Francisco Bowl Game Association. Kelly, the communications director of the bowl game, announced that executive director Gary Cavalli has signed a three-year deal with Kraft Foods as the title sponsor of the game for the next three years. Read More
The 49ers have had a good offseason, capped by the trade for kick returner-wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Now, the next test is here, the NFL draft, spread over two nights and a day this year the latest example of wretched excess by the NFL.
This draft presents a special challenge to the Niners — and to Trent Baalke, who will run the draft with Scot McCloughan gone. Read More
Call it what you want: great TV, great theater, a soap opera, true confessions, a great golf tournament, whatever! The return of Tiger Woods at the Masters will be huge news and it will be heavily watched. Sean McManus, the head man at CBS, ordered Champagne for everyone in the building when he was informed Tiger will come out of hibernation on CBS. Read More
The National Hockey League needs to wake up, and wake up real fast. This past week was one the league did not take advantage of. We are all aware of the great game Sunday when Team USA played its guts out only to lose in overtime to the Canadians in the gold medal round of the Olympics. Read More
Some changes in the air this week at the sports leader, the giant flamethrower: KNBR (680 AM). Boss man Lee Hammer announced this week that talented radio host Damon Bruce is moving from his evening perch to daytime radio. In the move, Bruce will now be heard on sister station 1050 AM from noon to 4 p.m. F.P. Santangelo, who we praised earlier this month on these pages, will take over the “Sportsphone 680” slot in the evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Read More