Your mother always
said, "Nothing good happens after midnight," but in sports the breadth
of human experience happens while you sleep: births, deaths, punch-outs,
break-ins, triumphs and tragedies. Pack the past few weeks into a night, and
you'll see: As with icebergs or Indy-car drivers, most of sports is hidden from
Midnight At a
Kentucky Derby party in Louisville, Archie Manning gets up on stage to stand
with his sons Eli and Peyton while they sing You Never Even Called Me by My
Name, which works every country music theme into a single song:
I was drunk the
day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick
her up in the rain
But before I could
get to the station in my pickup truck
She got runned
over by a damned old train.
12:06 a.m. After
Cam Keith scores to give the Alaska Aces a triple-overtime win to advance to
the semifinals of the East Coast Hockey League championship, he skates and
slides the length of the ice in celebration.
1:50 a.m. Chargers
linebacker Steve Foley is arrested following a traffic violation in San Diego
on charges of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and being drunk in
public. (In a final indignity, his Range Rover is impounded for having expired
2:00 a.m. To his
great surprise a University of Delaware football player wakes to find a former
University of Delaware football player burglarizing his apartment.
2:15 a.m. While
driving his BMW on I-76 after a visit to a Denver club, Nuggets rookie Julius
Hodge is shot four times by someone in a passing vehicle.