Been a while since I’ve linked to a real tear-jerker that doubles as a fantastic piece of writing, but this story is well worth your time.
Remember Rae Carruth? He was the NFL football player who, when his girlfriend Cherica Adams refused to have an abortion in 1999, hired a hitman to beat her up and kill her.
Well, the hitman didn’t quite do his job well enough, because Cherica survived the shooting long enough for little Chancellor Lee Adams to be born.
Carruth and his accomplices are in prison, rotting as they should be. And as you might expect, life has not been easy for Chancellor, now 13. Thanks to the shooting, he was born with a severe case of cerebral palsy.
But Chancellor has an angel for a grandmother, and Sports Illustrated’s Thomas Lake has written a beautiful tale of a boy being raised by a woman whose own daughter was taken from her far too young.
I don’t know if Saundra Evans is a saint or an angel, but her love and spirit have made one boy’s life so much better. Lake’s writing is fabulous; he paints such vivid word pictures that take your breath away.
Readthe story here, and grab the tissues.
There are a few, not many, but a few, cable television anchors who actually do their jobs as journalists. That is, they actually ask follow-up questions and challenge their guests on the bull-spit they constantly spew, and don’t let them get away with just, well, lying on the air.
Soledad O’Brien of CNN is one of those rare birds who actually stops these runaway bloviators in their tracks when they’re just making stuff up. I loved this clip of her calling out GOP Rep. Peter King the other day when he continued to insist Barack Obama is always “apologizing” for America.
**Finally, a few words on the late, great Steve Sabol, the genius behind NFL Films, who died Tuesday of a brain tumor. Millions of football fans like me grew up watching the incredible NFL Films highlights through the years; there was just nothing like their combination of rousing music, slow-motion highlights, and best of all, miked-up players (see above).
Before any other major sport did, the NFL presented their product as if it were a movie, as if it were art. And I was completely hooked. Between John Facenda’s deep voice (“the Green Bay Packers and the immortal Bart Starr”) and the behind-the-scenes access, NFL Films, led by Sabol, revolutionized how we watched sports.
From all accounts, Steve Sabol was a great man, and he will be deeply missed. Peter King of SI has a beautiful tribute here.