Every NFL player fears three big letters: ACL. Years ago, an ACL tear ended a player's career or permanently altered their athletic gifts. Nowadays, sports medicine and technology have advanced to the point where a torn ACL in most cases only ends a season. But for anyone who tears their ACL, like New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley did in Week Two of the 2020 season, it is as powerless a feeling as can be experienced as a professional athlete. Barkley, now well into his rehab as he prepares for the 2021 season, admitted as much. Speaking on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast, Barkley confessed that the days after he tore his ACL in Week Two of last season were highly emotional and spent wallowing in self-pity. "That’s probably the weakest moment of my life, especially in those first few days," said Barkley . "I just couldn’t control myself crying, asking ‘Why me? Why me? Why me?'" Barkley's ACL tear was the ultimate setback for the 2018 NFL Offensive … [Read more...] about Saquon Barkley says ACL tear was “weakest moment of my life”
Getty Images By all appearances, the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have set up shop on the other side of a thick line in the sand, and no one is budging. Unless the two sides reach a compromise (if there was a compromise to be had, it arguably would have already happened), someone will have to blink. Will it be Rodgers? Based on the world-class grudges he has held in the past, that’s highly unlikely. Will it be the Packers? There has been no indication that they’ll give in, which obviously could be aimed at maximizing whatever someone else offers for him. There’s another angle worth considering, and it traces to the fact that the Packers don’t have a traditional owner. If the team had an owner who couldn’t be fired, the owner could/would survive making a mistake in the handling of Rodgers. CEO Mark Murphy is the closest thing the team has to an owner, and he risks eventual accountability based on the manner in which the Rodgers saga unfolds. The options for the … [Read more...] about Do Packers prefer an Aaron Rodgers retirement to a trade?
The NTT IndyCar Series raced last weekend without Jimmie Johnson for the first time in 2021, but the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion still was racing – and with family. Lydia Johnson, 8, climbed aboard a Supercross-style dirt bike and hit a local track for the first time with her dad. “She’s talked about it for a while,” Johnson told NBC Sports, adding Lydia “has a little desire to race and will ride anything until it’s out of gas” and also has a go-kart along with her sister, Genevieve (who is more into horses). “So this is the first time we really kind of took a step in that direction. “We’ve been slow-playing it just wondering if it’s something she’s really interested in. Her and her sister both ride horses quite a bit right now and have other activities that they’re caught up in, but she’s pressed long enough and worked hard to earn her dirt bike.” JIMMIE’S INDYCAR SEASON : How the No. 48 did at Barber l And at St. Pete Was Dad excited? Or nervous? Johnson … [Read more...] about Jimmie Johnson takes a break from IndyCar — but not from racing one of his daughters
The NASCAR Next Gen car, which made its public debut Wednesday , has so many hopes riding on it ahead of its competition debut next season in the Cup Series. Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota? They hope the Next Gen car’s looks – more akin to GT sports cars than traditional boxy stock cars – get fans into the showrooms to buy their street counterparts. Team owners, both current and prospective? They hope, beyond the initial spend, they’ll save money with many of the Next Gen car’s parts coming from single-source suppliers. The sanctioning body itself? They hope the Next Gen car’s ability to incorporate electrification can attract additional manufacturers to the sport. But in the end, the most important hope – the most simple hope – lies with the fans. They hope the Next Gen car gives them great racing, where a driver’s skill with maneuvering a car that’s hard to drive reclaims precedence over restarts, clean air and track position. Three of the sport’s top drivers were at … [Read more...] about Drivers face the unknown with NASCAR’s Next Gen car