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Special Edition: Front & Center Podcast
with JEREMY SCHAAP
Listen to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap discuss his interview with NBA Commissioner David Stern and next Sunday’s Outside the Lines piece on the Kansas City Chiefs’ Allen Bailey. The multiple Emmy Award-winning reporter also gives updates on his E:60 “Beitar, Jerusalem” piece from the Fall and the happy ending for Olympic marathoner, Guor Marial, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan.
Michael Jordan hasn’t played basketball in a decade, but he still feels the pull of the game and the competitive urges that propelled him to greatness. As he approaches his 50th birthday, and is moving from Chicago to Florida, he considers his future, and his past, and tries to figure how best to live with both. Senior writer Wright Thompson chronicles this journey for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.
Capping the Risk
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; 10 a.m. ESPN2)
ESPN.com (Cap designs fail to satisfy MLB)
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In September, Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive, suffering a fractured skull, epidural hemorrhage and brain contusion. During the World Series, Detroit pitcher Doug Fister was hit in the head, but was able to stay in the game. As Spring training begins, those incidents heightened the sense of urgency for Major League Baseball to consider offering pitchers some form of head protection. McCarthy joins host Bob Ley as OTL examines baseball’s search for answers to a danger that’s been around for as long as the game itself. Steve Delsohn reports.
“I never saw the ball – – I just felt the impact of it. The first time I saw it was when I looked down, and I think it was five or 10 feet away from me, and I just saw the blood pouring out.” – Chris Young, on being struck in face in 2008 by a line drive off Albert Pujols’ bat, suffering a fractured skull and broken nose
“I didn’t really see it until the last, last second and by the time I tried to get my glove up, it hit me in the head. I knew I had gotten hit, I just didn’t really know as bad as it was.” — Joe Martinez, in Indians’ camp on a minor league contract, was with the Giants in 2009 when struck in the head by a Mike Cameron liner, suffering a fractured skull, concussion and internal bleeding
“I would probably decide to wear it – – you can never be too safe, especially with the way guys are hitting balls these days.” — C.C. Sabathia, Yankees pitcher, on wearing a padded cap, if introduced by MLB
“Track was the only thing that was good in my life. I think everything that I was going through, all my anger showed out on the track. It’s Detroit. I looked around there, and I finally figured out I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to be a stereotype. I didn’t want to be a statistic.” – Latipha Cross
“I’m staying completely committed to a girl that was homeless, had cancer twice, who most people would have been like, ‘What baggage are you bringing in?’ I knew that if a girl can get through that, what else can she achieve? The sky is the limit.” – Zach Glavash, Eastern Michigan assistant track coach
“When I first got to Eastern Michigan I’m like, ‘I made a big mistake, this is crazy, this is way out of my league.’ But, I thought about it, and I looked at myself in the mirror one day and I was like, ‘I deserve this.’” - Cross
Andrea Hudy is a rarity in college sports: a woman who is the head strength and conditioning coach for a men’s basketball team. She is responsible for adding muscle to the Kansas Jayhawks’ hustle. Getting her start at Connecticut with Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma before moving to Kansas and working with Bill Self, Hudy’s been a part of nine national basketball championship teams and earned the respect of players and coaches with her intense-yet-instructive style. Holly Rowe reports on how Hudy’s excelled in a male-dominated profession.
“I’ve been in a man’s world for my life — I probably relate better to guys, than women. That’s probably the hardest question to answer: how to train guys and how do the guys respond to you.” --Andrea Hudy on being asked what it is like to train men
“I was just expecting this tough guy, strong guy, intense guy, and it’s Hudy. I was like, ‘Is this really the strength coach.’” – Jeff Withey, Kansas center, on meeting Hudy
“She convinced me, ‘Hey I worked with (Geno) Auriemma, and I worked with (Jim) Calhoun, so I don’t think really you’re going to throw too much at me that I haven’t already seen.’ I realized then, after talking to her, she’ll have the guys respect without question. — Bill Self, Kansas coach, on contemplating hiring a female strength and conditioning coach.