Brandon Bostick will live in Packer lore as the guy who gave away the 2014 NFC title game. He screwed the pooch. He fumbled the ball. He’s the guy who misplayed the onside kick with the Packers leading 19-14 with two minutes and seven seconds left. He’s Fred Merkle and Bill Buckner, an athlete who will always be remembered for his transformative failure, rather than his success on the field-John Pesky slow to the plate to nab Enos Slaughter in ’46, Ralph Branca’s meatball to Bobby Thompson.
Bostick was cut early in the offseason by Green Bay. He shares his recurring memories of his moments, the death threats, the numbness he feels when recounting the play in a great piece on SI.MMQB. It is well worth a read if for no other reason than to remember that those we often hate so much when they fail are simply people who desperately want to succeed, to support their teammates and win fan approval. And when they fail, it is simply devastating. Bostick has since hooked on with Packers arch-rival, the Minnesota Vikings, so perhaps there will be some poetic justice with his new team.
Alex Rodriguez is one of my least favorite players in baseball. From the moment he signed with the Mariners in ’93, I’ve found him too cute, too disingenuous, too contrived, and utterly dishonest. Leave aside for a moment the statistics, the incredible millions, the ridiculous contracts given him by the Rangers and the Yankees, and yes the World Series rings, I find him the walking embodiment of the worst that baseball spawned during the steroids era. Combined with Rodriguez’s own efforts to control how the public sees him, it makes him my least favorite ballplayer ever. Worse than Pete Rose, worse than Denny McClain, worse than Bonds, worse than anybody else
ESPN the Magazine is featuring a lengthy look inside A-Rod and what he has done in the wake of last year’s suspension. It’s all about his efforts to shake up his own view of himself. as he prepares for his return to the Yankees. J.R. Moehringer has done remarkable work to get inside the slugger’s life and paint a balanced, somewhat sympathetic portrait of A-Rod’s recent struggles. I almost began to feel sorry for him. Then I went and washed my brain out with soap.
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