A Teachable Moment About Planning Ahead
Pittsburgh won the BBVA Compass Bowl in January, beating Kentucky 27--10. A few weeks earlier its coach Dave Wannstedt was forced out. New coach Mike Haywood spent New Year's Eve in jail on domestic violence charges, leading to his firing. And assistant Phil Bennett was acting head coach in the Bowl win—one day after he accepted an offer to coach Baylor.
Oh, Just Hittin' Some Balls.Wassup?
When a ringing phone interrupted match point of Caroline Wozniacki's Swedish Open meeting with Alizé Cornet in July, action stopped as fans scanned the stands for the guilty party. They didn't have to look far; the cell was ringing inside Cornet's bag.
Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away ...
Red Sox owner John Henry, in February, commenting on the $142 million, seven-year signing of leftfielder Carl Crawford: "We have a commitment to winning. He was the right player for us." Eight months later, after Crawford hit .255 with a .289 OBP, Henry again: "I was never in favor of signing him."
... Now It Looks As Though They're Here to Stay
U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, in June: "Bob [Bradley] is our national team coach." Gulati, six weeks later: "We wish him the best in his future endeavors"—endeavors Bradley would be undertaking due to having been fired by Gulati.
In the Event of Ground Attacks, the Javelin Guys Would Be Ready
British defense secretary Philip Hammond suggested that surface-to-air missiles might be put in place to guard against potential terrorist air strikes during next year's London Olympics.