Undrafted Free Agent

Bill Simmons recently interviewed Chargers rookie kicker Younghoe Koo on his podcast. His story is amazing. Koo came here at the age of 12 and did not speak a word of English. He gets a full scholarship to be a kicker at Georgia Southern. He gets picked up by the LA Chargers as an undrafted free agent and ends up winning the starting job. It’s an amazing story and a great interview.

This week, donald trump ended DACA which allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

Stories like Koo’s is amazing. His story is truly the American dream. The odds were against him, but now he’s playing in the National Football League. Now that trump repealed DACA, stories like Koo’s can no longer happen. Fuck donald trump. Honestly and truly. As a first generation Asian American, I would have loved to see someone who is Asian in a professional sports league. I truly believe if I had someone who looked like me to look up to, I might have taken sports more seriously. I truly doubted myself because I never gave myself a chance. By taking away DACA, people like Koo won’t have a chance here in America.

trump is a shallow, petty, racist old man. It is my hope that he goes away and any changes he made which were rooted in ignorance and racism (which are almost all of them) are reversed.

Go Chargers.

Kobe Bryant Interviewed In GQ

Kobe Bryant on Shaquille O’Neal’s work ethic:

He had years where he was lazy. But during those three championships we won? To say he was a beast would be an understatement. To say I didn’t learn things from him that I still use to this day would be a disservice. To be fair, I think what happened is that, as you get older, your body starts breaking down, and you have to really love the process in order to get through that. Like, right now, I hurt. My ankle joints, my knee joints. My back. My thighs are sore. But for him, with his big toe and his knee, it became very hard for him to get up in the morning and push through those things. He might not have been as willing to do those things at the time, and I wasn’t thrilled about that.

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Kobe Bryant on passing Michael Jordan as the third all time leading scorer in the NBA:

Here’s where my respect and admiration for MJ was forged. I learned that he had been cut from his high school team as a freshman; I learned he knew what it felt like to be embarrassed, to feel like a failure. But he used those emotions to fuel him, make him stronger, he didn’t quit. So I decided to take on my challenge the same way he did. I would channel my failure as fuel to keep my competitive fire burning. I became obsessed with proving to my family — and more importantly to myself — that I CAN DO THIS.

Michael Jordan on who he’d like to play one-on-one:

When asked last year about whom he’d like to play one-on-one in their primes, Jordan mentioned Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony before saying, “I don’t think I’d lose…other than Kobe Bryant, because he steals all my moves.”

Fields of Fear

[Update]: Took down the video because it autoplayed (boo ESPN). Here’s a link to watch the video.

Mackey Sasser was an exceptional catcher for the New York Mets in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He could hit. He could manage a pitching staff. He could nail you trying to steal second base. But one day, there was something Sasser couldn’t do. He couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. Suddenly the most basic act for a catcher was next to impossible for Sasser. What happened? This film explores the mental side of the game and shows how a childhood trauma can come back to overwhelm a professional athlete, and how confronting it can lead to recovery.

Colin Kaepernick Fined $10,000 for Wearing Beats Headphones

The NFL has a deal with Bose for coaches to use their headphones during games. The problem is, most players use Beats headphones. The NFL had a problem with this and “under terms of its agreement with the league…Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

To me, the NFL and Bose come off as sore losers who are whining because they couldn’t get what they want. Beats are what’s popular these days and banning players from wearing them might make them wear them even more.

How Philip Rivers Raised His Game

As a Charger fan, I’ve seen Rivers play his entire career. I’ve always known he was great. Now that he’s bounced back from 2011-2012, and that the Chargers are in the Super Bowl conversation, it’s great to see some national recognition.

Rivers’ leadership qualities in light of his body language have been argued for as long as he’s been in the league. Here’s one thing you can’t argue: He’s always there. In nine seasons Rivers has not missed a start. It begins with weight training, and this offseason a new emphasis on endurance, teammates say. When he takes a big hit, he peels himself off the ground, hunches over in the huddle and grunts, “Guys, just gimme a second and I’ll get you the ball.”

Says Hardwick: “Guys love that.”

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant turned 36 over the weekend. In honor of his birthday, here are two great reads on the Laker legend.

Kobe Bryant goes one-on-one with Father Time

Bryant’s age might not be the most worrisome number as he approaches his 19th professional season. He has also logged 54,208 minutes of NBA action, including the playoffs, over 1,465 games. Tack on his appearances with Team USA in international competitions and Bryant’s basketball odometer may be about to roll over.

Bryant recently told Sports Illustrated he was “70 in basketball years.”

Kobe Bryant Reveals Competitive Fire, Unique Kindness in Untold Stories

“What did you do when you were little and kids would make fun of you?” Darius asks, going off script.

Bryant answers: “I wouldn’t listen to them. I would just focus on getting good grades—and show them on the basketball court.”

 

 

Meet Levi’s Stadium, the Most High-Tech Sports Venue Yet

According to Dan Williams, the VP of technology for Levi’s Stadium, they laid out 400 miles of cabling, 70 miles of which are just dedicated to connecting the 1,200 distributed antenna systems that serve the Wi-Fi routers that are placed to serve every 100 seats throughout the stadium. Levi’s Stadium features a backbone of 40 gigabits per second of available bandwidth, easily scalable to accomodate event attendance, which is 40 times more Internet bandwidth capacity than any known U.S. stadium, and four times greater than the standard for NFL stadiums that’s been mandated by the league to be in place by 2015.

Now if they could only do something about the parking situation.