Thursday, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Clayton Kershaw as the winner of National League Cy Young award. Kershaw was voted the league's best pitcher, receiving 27 of the 32 first place votes with a total of 207 points. Roy Halladay finished second, followed by Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels.Kershaw led the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts (21-5, 2.28 ERA, 248 Strikeouts) and also won a gold glove earlier this month.Kershaw told MLB.com: "The only thing I will say is I'm really humbled to be here," Kershaw said, after leading his comments by saying that he didn't have a lot to say. "I always dreamed about playing baseball as a kid, maybe one day making it to the big leagues, but I never dreamed about anything like this, so it's really special."In the spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, we featured Kershaw and he and his wife, Ellen talked about their mission trip to Africa over the offseason...
Georgia head coach Mark Richt has led his team to eight straight victories after opening the season with back-to-back losses against Boise State and South Carolina. No. 15 Georgia crushed No. 20 Auburn 45-7 on Saturday. Mark's story was featured in Sports Spectrum's 25-year anniversary book. To order the book, click here.
Before taking the reigns at the University of Georgia, Mark Richt (born Feb. 18, 1960) was a graduate assistant at Florida State (1985-1989), offensive coordinator at East Carolina (1989) and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State (1990-2000).
He was married to Katharyn Francis and they have four children: Jonathan (born March 11, 1990), David (born December 1, 1994), and two adopted from Ukraine, Zach (born May 15, 1996), and Anya (born February 13, 1997)...
Michael Redd already had the best preparation an NBA player could get for the upcoming season.
Now it seemed appropriate to carry out the proper celebration for the gold medal Team USA won in the FIBA Americas tournament.
Redd, an All-Star guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, was certainly in the perfect place--Las Vegas--to indulge in the party as well.
Casinos were to his left, nightclubs bouncing into the wee hours were on his right, and everything else was in between.
So what was the dead-eye left-hander doing to celebrate the moment?
"I'm up in my room playing some dominoes, beating up on my man Rick Davis," Redd said with a chuckle.
So much for the juicy nightlife. Then again, Redd has always been more about storing his treasures elsewhere...
Growing up a Colts fan, I loved punter Hunter Smith. I even listened to his old band “Connersvine” throughout college. And now—even though he’s retired—I love him even more, especially now that I know him. The dude is hilarious.
Last Thursday and Friday, I met with him and All Pro Dad’s Darrin Gray to work on a new project in conjunction with Sports Spectrum called “The Jersey Effect.” (We’ll give you more details later.)
“Ya know,” Hunter said Thursday morning as we sat in his basement. “If my voice is going to be the main one in this book, it needs to be humorous. I’m a funny guy.”
Little did I know…
High jumper Jesse Williams was honored on Tuesday as a recipient of the Jesse Owens Award. This season, Williams became the first American to win a world high jump crown since Charles Austin in 1991. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt's story on Williams was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum.
U.S. Olympian. Three-time U.S. champion. Four-time NCAA champion. NCAA field athlete of the year.
Those are Jesse Williams’ accomplishments.
But it’s not what defines him...
Tonight, two of the top running backs in the league in Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy and Chicago's Matt Forte will go up against one another. Forte is averaging 155.9 yards per game and is averaging 171.3 yards in his last four contests. He also has 38 receptions for 419 yards this season as the Bears' primary receiver. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Sean Jensen wrote this story about Forte for Sports Spectrum's Fall 2010 issue.
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte highlighted the positive amid all the negativity last season.
After breaking the team’s single-season rushing record for a rookie (1,238 yards), Forte appeared to experience a sophomore slump and finished with nearly 300 fewer yards.
Or so everyone believed...