Aydin Irmak knows his goal—to carry his beloved single speed to the summit—is highly improbable. Everyone at Base Camp has already told him as much. But the 46-year-old Turkish New Yorker refuses to call it quits.
“There aint never been a gam I wasn’t high… From… Little league… Until the Boston Red Sox…”
“How much longer can this go? What’s your tolerance for this? How much stamina do you have for the men you cheer today dying tragic and premature deaths in the coming years? (Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star)
NFL players — “if you don’t look at the news from California and shudder, you are blind.” (Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY)
I sure hope football didn’t do this to Junior Seau (Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated)
American Ghouls - Our Appetite For Sanctioned Violence (Charles P. Pierce, Grantland)
Ultrarunner Micah True set off on a 12-mile run in the Gila National Forest and didn’t return. Days later, writer Christopher McDougall took off on a not-so-unfamiliar quest, joining a crew of ultrarunners to search for the ever-wandering man nicknamed Caballo Blanco.
So was SI writer Frank Deford, who cut his teeth on a league then so inconsequential that reporters got floor seats. In this exclusive excerpt from Deford’s memoirs, the author recalls encounters with Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and others who starred on his expense account as well as in the league’s arenas
Imagine that person was a doctor, who also said if he was wrong – although he was more than 98-per-cent certain he was right – that you could go on living, only he’d have to cut off both your legs, remove both kidneys, your spleen and leave you deaf in one ear.
Now imagine spending the next 2 1/2 months in and out of consciousness fighting for your life, spending $30,000 on new legs, filming a music video with Madonna, and becoming the one of the highest ranked para-snowboarders in the world.
NIKE money being but to good use at Oregon. A look inside the Ducks football locker room.