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Monthly Archives: August 2013

A decade ago, we featured David Carr, the No. 1 draft pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, on the cover of our magazine. This week, we released our August 2013 DigiMag, which features David's younger brother, Fresno State University quarterback Derek Carr, on the cover. It's the first time two brothers have graced the cover of Sports Spectrum in its 30-year history. Here is a look back at the January/February 2003 cover story on David Carr... You look at David Carr and you see a star in the making. You see a 23-year-old man with chiseled good looks that have put him in a GQ pictorial. You see a blossoming Houston Texans quarterback with a 7-year contract worth $46.2 million...

Some are calling it the best story in sports this year. And why not? For 20 straight seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been losers. The Pirates aren’t merely a franchise that hasn’t won their division, or hasn’t made the playoffs, or hasn’t won a playoff series or hasn’t reached the World Series...

Tim Tebow may have only said three words, but it still made national news. It’s no surprise, really. It’s Tim Tebow. After struggling in his first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, going 4 for 12 for 55 yards, Washington Post reporter Kent Babb tweeted from the Patriots locker room after the game...

Hugh Freeze is in for the long hall. Freeze, named head coach of Ole Miss in December of 2011, said in his press conference that the University of Mississippi is where he wants to retire. Judging from his first year on the job, Ole Miss fans probably hope his talk is true...

Mariano Rivera is a reflection. And the night of the MLB All-Star game was no different. Rivera, considered the greatest relief pitcher of all time, was named the 2013 MLB All-Star Game MVP a month ago in his 19th season. It was his first All-Star MVP award in 13 appearances...

Doug Flutie was someone who didn’t fit the prototypical quarterback. He only stood 5-feet, 9 inches tall, but he had a strong arm, a huge heart and a belief that his team could win. On Nov. 23, 1984, with six seconds left on the clock, and Flutie’s Boston College team trailing the defending national champion Miami Hurricanes, fans saw all of Flutie’s qualities and more...

We are happy to introduce to you our August 2013 DigiMag featuring Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. This issue includes in-depth features on college football stars around the NCAA to prepare you for the upcoming season. Read about how University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson went from performing to living, Toledo defensive end Ben Pike chose the love of his life over football, and Derek Carr is continuing what his brother started at Fresno State. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about Mike Vick, Riley Cooper and forgiveness in his column "Airing It Out;" staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about the recent passing of his grandfather and his interview with Toby Mac in his column "Another Angle;" and Bryce Johnson talks with Washington Redskins backup quarterback and former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins in his his column "Unpackin' It." Log in here to view the August DigiMag and our past digital issues from 2013 included in your subscription...

If the statement below came from anyone else other than Michael Vick, we would glance over it, miss the potential lesson that we could learn (or be reminded of) and not think about how impactful it could be if we all did what Vick did. When asked about his teammate Riley Cooper, who used a racial slur while at a concert, Vick told reporters this: “As a team we understood because we all make mistakes in life and we all do and say things that maybe we do mean and maybe we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him...

In a controversial season for Alex Rodriguez because of his involvement in the Biogenesis case and his appeal to Major League Baseball, we dug up this story from our Summer 2009 issue about A-Rod's teammate Andy Pettitte. Pettitte admitted in 2008 to using performance enhancing drugs; and his road to confession, forgiveness and redemption is chronicled in today's archived story. Read more here.

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