This week makes it 20 years for me at this joint, and that's more fun than anybody should be allowed to have with his fingers. That's 20 years of stories on colossal events and megastars. So how come everybody wants to know what happened to the little guys?
Do you remember ...
... the climber who sliced off his lower arm to get free of an 800-pound boulder? Aron Ralston says, "I'm climbing as well, if not better, than ever." His prosthetic arm is a kind of Ronco five-in-one miracle tool, which he uses to climb grade-five ice pitches and rappel down rock walls.
... the Polish swimmer who won gold in Athens in the 200-meter butterfly and wanted to sell the medal for charity? Otylia Jedrzejczak wound up getting $82,750 for kids with leukemia. Then Poland's state mint made her a solid gold replica.
... the Navy F-14 pilot Chip King, who relished making me throw up during a demonstration flight? He was the first American pilot to fly a mission over Afghanistan and now is a test pilot for Gulfstream.
... Jim Eubank, the 87-year-old swimmer who set five age-group world records and whipped me in a race? He died suddenly from a stroke last year in Oceanside, Calif.
... the poor Savanna (Ill.) High football team that lost 60 straight? It never did end its losing streak--reaching 63--before merging with two other schools' teams to form the West Carroll Thunder. Not that it helped much. The Thunder was 1--8 last season.
... the kid who gave up his senior season of high school football to donate a kidney to his dying grandmother? Showtime made a TV movie about Daniel Huffman's life. I'm sad to say he died in December from a shotgun blast at home in Rossville, Ill. Family members are struggling with the possibility that he took his own life.
... the hairball who conned NFL Hall of Famer Pete Pihos, an Alzheimer's sufferer, out of $30,000 worth of memorabilia? Shawn Stevens is serving one year in a prison in Ayer, Mass., thanks to SI's reporting and tips from memorabilia dealers. Pihos's ex-wife, Donna, got back not only most of his stuff but also almost $13,000 in donations for Pete's care.
... 1,072-pound Nebraska fan Patrick Deuel? He's a sliver of himself, down to 610. He took his first walk in seven years on Valentine's Day, a 30-footer with his wife, Edith.