When my father took me to a soccer stadium for the first time in Lima, I was just two or three years old. Although I did not become a soccer player, my very first childhood memories are associated with a green pitch, 22 guys kicking a white and black ball and a referee. My father never imagined the way the beautiful game would shape my life.
When venture capitalist and majority owner of the Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob touted his team as “light-years ahead” in a profile for New York Times Magazine March 30, owners around the NBA had mixed reactions.
It’s that time of year again—baseball season. Yes, college basketball is entering the stretch run of conference play and a top-10 team loses seemingly every day to create an interesting continuum of parity as March Madness approaches.
Last week, someone upstairs decided it’d be fun to delete all the words between “Duke” and “underdog” except “is the”, and for the first time in this columnist’s memory, the Blue Devils played the role of the punchy, undermanned upstart as though they’d completely forgotten about last year’s success.
Chaotic. Unpredictable. Carnage. These words are not being used to recount the end result of gladiators strapping on armor and ripping one another to shreds for the amusement of the Roman populus—they are descriptions of the 2015-16 college basketball season. But let me add another word to the mix: beautiful.
In a season in which no dominant team has emerged, the top 25 teams in the country combined for 16 losses last week. But the team that has yet to suffer a defeat will not have the chance to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976.
A look at how far players from both teams have traveled to get to New York for Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl.