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SEVENTIES - God Save McQueen


di Christian Giordano © - Rainbow Sports Books ©
Per tanti ragazzini cresciuti fra gli anni Cinquanta-Sessanta nell’Ayrshire, era il pallone a riempire la giornata. Gordon McQueen (Kilbirnie, 26 giugno 1952) non faceva eccezione: «La mia scuola calcio erano le strade, il cortile dietro casa, il campetto al parco. Si giocava ogni giorno ed è un peccato che oggi non sia più così».

Tom McQueen, il padre di Gordon, vinse col Kilbirnie Ladeside davanti ai 70 mila di Wembley la finale di Scottish Junior Cup del 1952 contro i Camelon Juniors del futuro padre di Alan Hansen, stopperone della nazionale scozzese e poi storico pundit di Match of the Day della BBC.

E a scuola, il piccolo Gordon segue le orme di papà Tom, portiere professionista di Hibernian, Berwick Rangers, East Fife e Accrington Stanley. A 16 anni lascia i pali e si sposta all’ala sinistra e poi arretra al centro della difesa. Lì statura (191 cm) e strapotere nel gioco …

Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant
NOV 30 2015

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can…

Remembering Kobe Bryant: Relentless, curious and infinitely complicated

Jackie MacMullan ESPN Senior Writer
We were visiting relatives on a brisk Thanksgiving afternoon on Cape Cod in 2007, and I was balancing a piece of piping-hot apple pie in my hand when my phone pinged to let me know I had a text message.
It was from Kobe Bryant.
"Hey Jackie, wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving," he wrote.
While this was mildly surprising, as Kobe and I weren't exactly regular social correspondents, we had been emailing on and off for years for various professional reasons. This text felt a bit like an olive branch. Bryant had initially emerged from his bruising sexual assault case both angry and defiant, fully embracing his black hat and the Black Mamba mantel; but as time passed, he began repairing his relationships within the basketball community.
It felt as though his Thanksgiving salutation warranted a response, but there …