There Can Only Be 1

QUOTE OF THE DAY Martin Luther King Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Letter Rip! _________________________________________________________________________________________ NFL There Can Only Be One Chiefs, Bills, Packers & Bucs Reach Conference Championships Three old-timers, two concussions and a near Browns upset stole […]

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Under Center: Youth vs. Wisdom

Happy Friday 👋 Winter days got you down? Here’s something to look forward to: Super Bowl LV, the Australian Open, March Madness and The Masters in the next 90 days. Chin up, team. Letter Rip! _________________________________________________________________________________________ Scheduling Note: The Sportsletter is off on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We’ll return to your inbox on Tuesday […]

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Scott Brooks: No Excuses

An Interview With The Underdog Head Coach of the Washington Wizards Scott Brooks took the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. Kevin Durant was 23 years old. James Harden and Russell Westbrook were 22. They went toe-to-toe with the Miami Heat for five games, but LeBron James and his band of hall […]

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Heat Check: Duncan Robinson’s Journey From 3

From Division III to NBA Records, The League’s Next Great Sharpshooter Has Arrived The Miami Heat have stormed through the NBA Playoffs on the backs of a full-team effort like few we’ve seen before. A 12-2 record in the postseason — as a 5-seed — is quickly becoming one of the great stories of the sports restarts. […]

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The Return

Alex Smith’s Road to Recovery May Be NFL’s Best Comeback Story… Ever After 21 months, Washington QB Alex Smith took the practice field once again. His road of rehab and recovery may be one of the most inspiring the NFL has ever produced, and his comeback story isn’t over yet. In November of 2018, Smith […]

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A Dash of Summer

Houston’s NWSL Challenge Cup Run Was Nothing Short of an Underdog Saga It almost didn’t make sense. The way the Houston Dash claimed the NWSL Challenge Cup championship was magical, unexpected, and downright spectacular. The first real underdog saga of the pandemic-laced sports summer emerged on Sunday, and it was one story that didn’t get […]

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The Front-Line Champion

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Went From Super Bowl O-Lineman to A New Front Line Almost 2,000 players suit up in the NFL each season. Only one is a licensed medical professional. Doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif plays right guard for the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs. He raised the Lombardi Trophy in early February, set sail for a Caribbean […]

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The Basketball Psychiatrist

An Interview With Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann & The 2020 NCAA Tournament That Never Was Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann has a story of humble beginnings that would prove vital in the turbulent March of 2020. From NAIA player to Big Ten Coach of the Year, this underdog of college basketball ascended to Final […]

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Undefeated: Dolphin Don

Remembering Don Shula & The Signature That Changed Football Forever He was the winningest coach in NFL history with 347 victories. His 1972 Dolphins had the only undefeated season the NFL has ever witnessed (17-0). After 33 years of coaching greatness, and a lifetime of impact on the game of football, Miami head coach Don […]

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A Home in California

From Homeless Teenager to 1st-Round Draft Pick, Javon Kinlaw’s Journey is a Hollywood Film There were dozens of great underdog stories in this year’s draft, but none rival the tale of Javon Kinlaw. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound defensive lineman from South Carolina was selected by the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. His path to the pros […]

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