He changed a franchise. He changed a community. The New York Islanders were building a great franchise but when Mike Bossy came along, something clicked. The Islanders had a goal scoring machine. Two years later, #22 was hoisting the Stanley Cup, the first of four straight for the Long Island NHL franchise.
It has long been the stereotypical view that academia and athleticism don't mix. Like oil and water or Kanye and Techno (see "Yeezus"), scholars and jocks have rarely blended well. And yesterday night, this was on full display once more.
I don't want to spoil the video for you, so I won't tell you the priceless answer that this Jeopardy contestant gave to the question “100 plus assists i
LeBron James (now), Sidney Crosby, Albert Pujols (while with the Cardinals), baseball's Giants as a team, Derek Jeter through the years, Mariano Rivera, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Henrik Lundqvist and plenty more. You get the picture. When these guys step-up, their teams win and advance.
Since 1996, the face of the most famous American sports team has been one man. The shortstop. The eventual captain. #2. The future Hall of Famer. Derek Sanderson Jeter. 2013 seems like such a strange year without him.