Don't loosen that grip.
I never met Ed Thomas, the Iowa high school football coach who was shot and killed last week. I never had the chance to go through one of his practices. I never had the privilege of being chewed out because I goofed up. I never suited up for him or rode the bus with him to a football game or enjoyed victory with him.
There's a thing sports fans like to do when it seems like everyone else is doing it. It's a thing that annoys us, but all of us have done it at least once in our lives.
It was not the homecoming Manteca native Scott Speed had hoped for when he returned to Northern California for last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway near Sonoma.
Last season, after incurring a flat tire, Escalon's Eric Holmes was somehow able to claw his way back through the field to earn a hard fought, come-from-behind victory on the tight confines of the .375-mile bullring at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore. This year the defending NASCAR Camping World Series West champion followed a much easier path by jumping out in front and staying there for all 150 laps to win the June 6 Toyota/Bi-Mart 150 presented by NAPA.
I have only physically been to one hockey game.
The start of last Saturday's Western Late Model 50-lap feature at Stockton's 99 Speedway was not pretty.
LeBron James was a poor sport last weekend, failing to shake hands with the Orlando Magic after his Cleveland Cavaliers were shunned the chance for an NBA Championship after losing in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He decided to walk through the tunnel of Amway Arena - the Magic's home court - with his head down, avoiding any kind of human contact, and on to the locker room.
The 2014 World Cup has come down to a final match between two soccer powerhouses-Germany and Argentina.
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