GREAT NEWS: Doctors say Chuck Pagano’s cancer is in remission.
“And my vision
That I’m living
Is to see two more daughters
Dance at their wedding
hoist that Lombardi
— Coach Chuck Pagano in a very emotional locker room speech.
Get well soon, Coach.
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"You don’t take a Hall of Fame player like Ray Lewis out of the heart of the defense and say, ‘Okay we’re going to be fine,’" former Ravens head coach Brian Billick said Monday.
A 13-time Pro Bowler and a former Super Bowl MVP, Lewis is leading the Ravens with 57 tackles through six games. He’s been the face of the franchise since it relocated from Cleveland in 1996, the year he was drafted out of Miami. Lewis and the defense led to Ravens to a Super Bowl championship in the 2000 season.
— Robert Klemko, in Owings Mills, Md.
Read the rest: Ray Lewis lost for the season.
Joe Torre, Derek Jeter’s manager for 12 years with the New York Yankees, stood in the club’s training room late Saturday night, engulfed by a feeling of helplessness.
"It was pretty sad for me,” said Torre, who managed the Yankees to four World Series titles. "It wasn’t devastating, just sad. He wasn’t talking last night. Guys were coming in after the game was over, but there really was nothing to say. He just sat there."
— Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports
Read the rest: Joe Torre ‘s somber encounter with Derek Jeter
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Oklahoma 63, Texas 21 | Oct. 13, 2012
Twenty yards downfield, Trey Millard hurdled a Texas safety. While still in midair, he crushed the other safety. And then he kept going, rumbling 73 yards to set up another Oklahoma touchdown.
As much as anything, the play summed up the Sooners’ complete – and stunning – domination of their Red River rivals.
— George Schroeder
Read the rest: Oklahoma mauls Texas in highlight-reel show
(GIF via our friends at The Big Lead)