When I saw this feature on the BBC website celebrating their favourite images of the year I just had to share my favourites with you. 2021 has been tough but I hope you all have a wonderful 2022. All photographs from Getty Images and subject to copyright
It means everything to hold this trophy and I don’t want to let go right now.
Newly crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu. The 18-year-old Kent-based teenager broke numerous records including being the first qualifier to win a major (male or female) and winning a major in fewest attempts. She is also the first British woman to win the US Open since Virginia Wade in 1968.
“Nike’s expectation when we signed the deal was, at the end of year four, they hoped to sell $3 million worth of Air Jordans,” says David Falk, Michael Jordan’s agent. “In year one, we sold $126 million.”
Just one of the revelations from The Last Dance (2020), the Neflix documentary focused on Michael Jordan’s hugely eventful, and highly successful, time at the Chicago Bulls. I just had to quote this show again, even after my recent post.
Winning has a price. And leadership has a price. So I pulled people along when they didn’t want to be pulled. I challenged people when they didn’t want to be challenged. And I earned that right as my teammates came after me. They didn’t endure all the things I had to endure.
The extraordinary sporting icon that is Michael Jordan (1963 – ) on being asked whether his intensity came at the being at the expense of being a nice guy. Jordan’s ferocious will-to-win and extraordinary succeess are highlighted in the enthralling Netflix sporting documentary The Last Dance (2020). You can find another of his great insights here.
If I die with a body that wasn’t completely wrecked, I’d feel I’d completely wasted it.
American BMX rider extraordinaire Matt Hoffman, who was able to break his previous world records and jump over 26 feet. On the way to achieving that goal, he was in two comas, had 21 broken bones, 23 surgeries and over 100 concussions. You’ll find even more detail in the ESPN 30 for 30 series: The Birth of Big Air.
“I’ve been through a lot and I realise the future can’t be controlled. I’m not worried. You can always learn to overcome difficulties.”
“You appreciate that it is very easy to die and you have to arrange your life to cope with that reality.”
It was with great sadness I read that Formula 1 great Niki Lauda had passed away at the age of 70. Courage comes in many forms and he had it throughout his life. The courage to go against his family’s wishes and follow his dream, the courage to drive a car at the fastest of speeds on all kinds of tracks and the courage to race (and win) again after a horrific accident that had lasting physical and mental damage. Farewell Niki Lauda, who was always far more than a 3 time Formula 1 World Champion.
My high school coach George Fox used to tell me to never take my talent for granted.
“You’re special, Earvin,” Fox used to say. “But you can’t stop working hard. Just remember there’s someone out there who is just as talented as you, and he’s working just as hard. maybe even harder.
When Coach Fox told me those things I’d nod my head, but in my mind i was thinking, “I’d like to meet this guy because i haven’t seen him.” Truthfully? I wasn’t sure anyone like that existed.
That changed the day in 1978 when I walked into a gym in Lexington, Kentucky, and met Larry Bird for the first time.
As said by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in the brilliant biography When the Game was Ours. Written by Johnson, Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan, it is filled with insight and anecdotes of the engrossing rivalry between the two stars of the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics that peaked in the 1980s.
The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics finishes today, after 16 drama-fuelled days. As with any major sporting event, there have been all stories. Records have been obliterated, heroes have appeared, legends created and dreams fulfilled. But there’s also been all kinds of disappointment on display too as years of hard work fall away in an instant. Inspired by a blog post on Vinnie H, below are 12 films on the Summer and Winter Olympics. Some are based on a true story, others entirely fictional. Can you work them out?
Film 1 (1980s)
Film 2 (1980s)
Film 3 (1990s)
Film 4 (1990s)
Film 5 (1990s)
Film 6 (2000s)
Film 7 (2000s)
Film 8 (2000s)
Film 9 (2010+)
Film 10 (2010+)
Film 11 (2010+)
Film 12 (2010+)
I’ll get back to regular posts soon, but just wanted to share with you my two articles for a new tennis website, Tennis365.com. One is a look at the achievements of Andy Murray so far while the other is Michael Stich’s run to the Wimbledon crown in 1991. Feel free to click on them and have a read.
I’m a light eater. As soon as it’s light, I start to eat.
American football Hall of Famer and broadcaster Art Donovan (1924 – 2013). Nicknamed The Bulldog, the Donovan was a self-deprecating character and popular figure who titled his autobiography Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men.