“Who invented rock and roll?” is a truly unanswerable question, but Chuck Berry’s claim is as solid as any. Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” the 1951 song most frequently cited as the music’s Big Bang, predates Berry’s emergence by four years, and Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, and even Elvis Presley had all made records before Berry broke through with “Maybellene” in 1955, at the shockingly advanced age of 28. But Berry was the first to harness the new and unruly sounds into a sort of mission statement for a generation, and many generations after. Years before Berry Gordy Jr. festooned his fledgling Motown Records with the slogan “the Sound of Young America,” Chuck Berry had worked to make each word of that perfect phrase intelligible. Berry was rock and roll’s first great auteur, blessed with an effortless ability to render the specific into the universal, and vice versa. He wrote songs infused with play, humor, ennui, pain, rage, swagger, and sex.
In the “ rock” pantheon that emerged out of the 1960s, Berry is too often positioned as a forerunner, rather than at the head of the table where he belongs. The Beatles covered Berry on their second and fourth albums and came back to him at the end of the 1960s, as they were fracturing: “Get Back” is Chuck through and through. Bob Dylan transformed his career by remaking Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business” into “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in 1965. The Rolling Stones’ first single was a (bad) cover of Berry’s “Come On,” while their 1969 opus “Gimme Shelter,” one of the greatest rock and roll records ever made, opens with a decelerated revision of the “Roll Over Beethoven” riff. The lyric to Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” is pure Berry, as is Prince’s rhythm guitar on “When You Were Mine,” and the Purple One’s “Little Red Corvette” is “Maybellene” for the post-disco 1980s. This list could go on forever, which is the whole point.
At a press conference today, Chance the Rapper announced he would be making a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools, stating, “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions.” He held the conference at his old school, Westcott Elementary, just blocks from where he grew up and noted that in addition to his donation, he would be speaking with Common to discuss further funding. The press conference was live-streamed from Chance’s Instagram and Periscope accounts.
This comes after a high-profile meeting Chance had with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week that ended in “frustration and disappointment” for Chance after the two could not come to any fruitful meeting of the minds. This is just the latest and largest step in a long history of Chance supporting and representing his hometown, especially when it comes to the city’s struggling youth, and should set an example for what artists with a platform and resources can do.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was an award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian. Known in Pakistan as "Angel of Mercy" and "Pakistan's Father Teresa" for his social work that also won international acclaim, Edhi established a welfare foundation almost six decades ago that he oversaw together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi. He noticed that many Pakistanis lacked medicine, education, and other essentials, and he made it his life's mission to help others. In 1951, he established the Edhi Foundation, which is funded solely by private donations. By the time of his death on July 8th 2016, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children.
It was announced that the State Bank of Pakistan would issue a commemorative coin of 50 rupee (38p) in memory of Edhi as a small token of appreciation for his selfless services for the country. In 2005 the Foundation donated $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.
The Edhi Foundation's slogan is: "Live and help live".
Leonard Cohen studied; he worked in an uncle’s foundry, W. R. Cuthbert & Company, pouring metal for sinks and piping, and at the clothing factory, where he picked up a useful skill for his career as a touring musician: he learned to fold suits so they didn’t wrinkle. But, as he wrote in a journal, he always imagined himself as a writer, “raincoated, battered hat pulled low above intense eyes, a history of injustice in his heart, a face too noble for revenge, walking the night along some wet boulevard, followed by the sympathy of countless audiences . . . loved by two or three beautiful women who could never have him.”
“What I mean to say is that you hear the Bat Kol.” The divine voice. “You hear this other deep reality singing to you all the time, and much of the time you can’t decipher it. Even when I was healthy, I was sensitive to the process. At this stage of the game, I hear it saying, ‘Leonard, just get on with the things you have to do.’ It’s very compassionate at this stage. More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.”
Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106. He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children - 241. Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century. He organised a total of eight trains from Prague, with some other forms of transport also set up from Vienna.
Sir Nicholas was knighted by the Queen in March 2003. His work has been likened to that of the "saviour" of Jewish prisoners Oskar Schindler, however it was a comparison he was not particularly fond of. Sir Nicholas was awarded the Order of The White Lion by Czech president Milos Zeman.
Mario Salvo and the origins of the Free Speech Movement: “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part; and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
"Captured at the medal ceremony for the men's 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, U.S. sprinter Tommie Smith stands defiantly, head bowed, his black-gloved fist thrust into the thin air. Behind him fellow American John Carlos joins with his own Black Power salute, an act of defiance aimed at highlighting the segregation and racism burning back in their homeland.
Yet few know that the man standing in front of both of them, the Australian sprinter Peter Norman who shocked everyone by powering past Carlos and winning the silver medal, played his own, crucial role in sporting history. Norman's time of 20 seconds flat would have won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
On his left breast he wore a small badge that read: "Olympic Project for Human Rights" -- an organization set up a year previously opposed to racism in sport. But while Smith and Carlos are now feted as human rights pioneers, the badge was enough to effectively end Norman's career. He returned home to Australia a pariah, suffering unofficial sanction and ridicule as the Black Power salute's forgotten man. He never ran in the Olympics again."
Five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time league MVP Tim Duncan, of the San Antonio Spurs, retired after 19 seasons with one team. In his last season, he became the third player with 1,000 victories in the regular season, following Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. Duncan extended his mark as the NBA's career leader in victories with one team. He also reached milestones of over 26,000 career points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks. After winning his fifth title, Duncan joined John Salley as the only players to win a championship in three different decades. The best power forward to ever play the game.
"So why has San Antonio won five NBA titles in the Duncan era, and posed a constant threat to the other teams, even in the tougher Western Conference? The reason is simple. Duncan brought with him a culture, one of unselfishness and humility. He never did victory dances, never sought to embarrass an opponent, never cursed or threw a tantrum. And the Spurs as an organization responded by surrounding him with players of character. Even if San Antonio had few highlight reel moments, they won. Even though they were considered boringly efficient, they won. Even if they had been branded as old for the last decade, they won."
Bill Murray: "When I’m conscious, it is a conscious decision. I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. And that you just have to remind yourself, you have to remember yourself—you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are... And not joyous, but enjoying it. And just seeing that this is my opportunity right now, and it’s such a powerful reminder to realize it’s going to be 14 feet high someday. It’s like an echo to say, 'This is it, Bill. You’ve got to remember now.'"
Gordie Howe, 88, was "Mr. Hockey," one of the greatest players and ambassadors in the history of the game. He was known not just for his incredible accomplishments on the ice, but for how he treated people off the ice, taking the time to talk, snap a picture or sign an autograph. He was the idol of Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," who not only broke his scoring records but became the face of the game and handled off-ice demands with a gracious, humble style.
With finesse and a hefty dose of grit, the Hockey Hall of Famer helped the Detroit Red Wings win four Stanley Cups, and set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Gretzky came along. Howe was also so famously fierce that having a goal, an assist and a fight in one game became known as a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Besides the four Cups, Howe, a right winger, won six Hart Trophies as NHL MVP and six Art Ross Trophies as the league's top scorer. Howe began playing for the Red Wings in 1946, leading them to seven straight first-place finishes in the regular season. He was a part of what was known as the Production Line with fellow future Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel during his 25-year run with the franchise.
The Black Economic Union (BEU) and this 1967 meeting with Muhammad Ali stemmed from Jim Brown's social consciousness. For the meeting with Ali, Brown brought together other socially conscious black athletes of the time. Besides Bill Russell, Lew Alcindor and Willie Davis (Packers), there was Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins), Sid Williams (Browns), Jim Shorter (Redskins), Walter Beach (Browns), John Wooten (Browns), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs) and attorney Carl Stokes.
In an even broader sense, the Ali Summit -- not known by that name at the time -- helped to validate Ali's religious beliefs. But those beliefs and the summit could not prevent the actions of the U.S. government two weeks later when Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed. The Supreme Court would overturn the decision in 1971.
"We knew who we were," said McClinton of the athletes who stood united 45 years ago. "We knew what we had woven into our country, and we stood at the highest level of citizenship as men. You name the value, we took the brush and painted it. You raised the bar, we reached it. You defined excellence, we supersede it. As a matter of fact, we defined it."
"Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
"Leo Ryan was a liberal legislator from northern California who had become famous for what his supporters called fact-finding missions and his detractors called publicity stunts. As a California state assemblyman, Ryan briefly worked as a substitute teacher in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles after the riots there, as a way to check on the state of the local schools. In 1970, while serving on a prison reform committee, he adopted a pseudonym and got himself locked up in Folsom Prison for 10 days. So it was within character when Ryan decided to visit Jonestown in 1978... Thirty-five years later, Ryan remains the only U.S. representative to be killed in the line of duty."
“Jimi Hendrix blew into a version of [Howlin’ Wolf’s] ‘Killing Floor’,” recalls Garland, “and plays it at breakneck tempo, just like that – it stopped you in your tracks.” Altham recalls Chandler going backstage after Eric Clapton left in the middle of the song “which he had yet to master himself”; Clapton was furiously puffing on a cigarette and telling Chas: “You never told me he was that fucking good.”
"Statistically, Peyton Manning leads all-time greats such as Brett Favre, Joe Montana and Tom Brady. His 71,940 yards tops all passers. He ranks second in completions to Favre, first in touchdowns (539), and with Super Bowl 50 earned his 200th win, breaking a tie with Favre. In terms of fourth quarter comebacks, Joe Montana ranks fifth with 31, while Manning, again, stands alone all time with 45 to his credit. Manning leads Brady in all meaningful categories, except Super Bowls, 4-2 vs 2-2. Manning has outperformed all others with far less. That’s why he exits the game as only 5-time NFL MVP, and the greatest of all-time.
It was obvious Manning elevated the play of those around him and would carry that team on his shoulders for many years. “The Sheriff” was the only quarterback calling his own plays since the Bills’ Jim Kelly. Granted, Manning was provided two base plays by the coaching staff to choose from, unlike Kelly who often freelanced. But Manning would decide, audible or manipulate play intricacies before the snap and became famous for shouting “Omaha.”
"Prior to Super Bowl 50, Von Miller was already considered to be one of the best pass rushers in the league. His performance against the Carolina Panthers solidified that notion, and took it a step further. In 72 career regular-season games, Miller has recorded 60 sacks. Including the playoffs, he has 66 1/2 sacks in 79 starts. It took him an average of 2.97 seconds to sack Cam Newton in that game, with his quickest sack coming in just 2.3 seconds. There's a reason why he was named Super Bowl MVP, and it's because he was nothing short of dominant."
"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.... We must move past indecision to action.... Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful struggle for a new world." -Martin Luther King Jr.
"King was a part of a larger movement that turned the terror of Jim Crow on itself through mass civil disobedience. This movement had a wide base, numerous organizations and manifold demands. It rejected the status quo as being acceptable or fixed. It challenged and redistributed power through sit-ins, marches, boycotts and a myriad of confrontational tactics. King himself was arrested 30 times for his role in demonstrations. The movement was grounded in the defense of Black women's dignity and freedom from rape as well as demands to end segregation and disenfranchisement."
"The famous parade of personae that defined his astounding 1970s discography represented not just new sounds and aesthetics; David Bowie was essentially a human Internet, with each album serving as a hyperlink into a vast network of underground music, avant-garde art, art-house film, and left-field literature. Bowie was the nexus through which many rock fans were first introduced to not just the Velvet Underground and the Stooges and Kraftwerk and Neu!, but also William S. Burroughs and Klaus Nomi and Nicolas Roeg and Ryuichi Sakamoto and Nina Simone. By design, most pop music is a closed loop—a rollercoaster that’s expertly designed for maximal thrills, to make you go “wheee!” over and over again. Bowie envisioned pop as Grand Central Station, the train tracks branching off into infinite new directions.
It’s hard to think of another celebrity artist who was so committed to using his elevated stature to bring transgressive ideas into the mainstream, reshaping it many times over."
"You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"
Edgar Mitchell (1930-2016) -- Apollo 14 Astronaut
Heisman Trophy, national title, Super Bowl and AP NFL MVPMarcus Allen: USC Trojans (1978 national title, 1981 Heisman), Los Angeles Raiders (1983 Super Bowl, 1985 MVP)
"Allen was one of the greatest running backs the NFL has ever seen. He was the first player in college football history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, which he did during his Heisman-winning year in 1981 (2,342 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns). Allen's USC team won the national championship in 1978, his freshman year, when he served as a backup to then-All-American running back Charles White. Allen was drafted by the Raiders in 1982 and won the Super Bowl just one season later in 1983, when he was also named Super Bowl MVP. The six-time Pro Bowler then won league MVP in 1985 after rushing for 1,759 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground and catching 67 receptions for 555 yards and three touchdowns."
"Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd NHL player with 500 goals when he scored in the second period Sunday against the Ottawa Senators. When it’s all added up, Ovi scored 501 goals in 801 games, the fifth-fastest in league history to reach that mark. He's the first Russian-born player to reach the milestone. Only Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) have reached the mark in fewer games.
Since entering the NHL in 2005, Alex Ovechkin has the most goals, points, power-play goals and game-winning goals of any player. To further show his dominance, he leads the league in goals since 2001, even though everyone else had a 4-year head start. He’s a video game when it comes to programming the complete package. He plays with power, skill, speed, strength, quickness, enthusiasm, determination and flair. You can also add durability. Indeed, the Russian Machine Never Breaks, missing just 27 games over his career, either due to injury or suspension. In recent years, many hockey critics pointed to Ovechkin as the reason for the Capitals failing to win a championship. But, again — let’s go back to the numbers. He has 36 goals and 34 assists in 72 career playoff games. That’s 70 points in 72 games. So, his highly productive, consistent level carries over into the postseason. The 30-year-old Moscow native continues to get it done, when the main objective of opposing teams is to stop him. He leads the NHL with 26 goals in 41 games this season."
ESPN sat down with 64-year-old retired airline captain Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who is best known for guiding US Airways Flight 1549 into an emergency water landing off of Manhattan after the plane was disabled following a bird strike on January 15, 2009. Sully may have saved 155 lives when he safely landed a plane in the Hudson River nearly seven years ago, but the pilot still maintains that he is not a hero - and instead insists that he and his crew just did their job well.
Details matter to the veteran pilot who managed to glide his powerless plane into a never-before-attempted water landing with the wings almost perfectly level — he still laments the one-and-a-half degree differential between the right wing and the left.
Sully is pals with Al Haynes, the pilot who managed to crash land United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989. He saved 185 of the 296 people on board with almost no control over a plane crippled by the loss of all its hydraulics systems.
His genius as a comedian and social commentator continues to have an impact. Nearly two decades after his death, Bill Hicks is still gathering new fans and influencing comedy. In a 2005 poll to find "the comedian's comedian," fellow comedians and comedy insiders voted Hicks number 13 on their list of "The Top 20 Greatest Comedy Acts Ever." In the 2004 special Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time, Hicks was ranked at number 19. In March 2007, another poll, "The Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time," put Hicks at number six.
"You know all that money we spend on the military ever year--trillions of dollars? Instead, if we use this money to feed and clothe the poor of this world, which it would do many times over, then we can explore space, inner and outer, together, as one race."
"Folks, before I leave, I wanna tell you the only piece of information I have that I'd like to pass on to ya, because I love you people. And I want the world to live happily in Unity forever and ever. Joy, Peace, Love. Deathless fucking ecstasy babe OK?"
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Wilt Chamberlain, at 7'1", may have been the most dominating and amazing basketball player of all time. In his legendary career, Wilt scored 31,419 points, including the unbelievable time he actually scored 100 points in one game. He holds dozens of unbreakable basketball records. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, Wilt also authored four books. None of the others created nearly the stir and controversy as his 1991 book, A View From Above. In it, Wilt claimed to have slept with 20,000 different women in his life. If Wilt started at the age of 15, from then up to the age of 55 (when the book was published) he would have had 40 years to sleep with 20,000 women, or 500 different women a year--easy math.
According to close friends, Wilt loved threesomes. According to legend, he was intimate with 23 different women on one 10-day road trip. Wilt was also a lifelong insomniac, sometimes just not sleeping at all. He probably would take a woman to bed any time he couldn't fall asleep. But the time factor is an interesting point. A close childhood friend, Tom Fitzhugh, said, "I don't remember him having a date. He was probably a virgin when he left high school." So let us assume Wilt really started around the age of 18, which ups the average to 1.5 women per day for 37 years.
"At the age of 26, Rob Gronkowski, a newly minted Super Bowl champion, has already locked in a six-year, $54 million contract—the most lucrative deal for a tight end in NFL history. He’s set several all-time records for his position, cementing a reputation as the best tight end in the league, if not the best tight end to ever play pro football. That’s no small feat, considering he’s suffered (and bounced back from) two major injuries that threatened to ruin his career."
Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75.
In later years, he taught at Harvard, Williams, Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a distinguished scholar in residence at American University in Washington and a professor of history at the University of Virginia, where he was co-director of the oral history project Explorations in Black Leadership.
"From high on their pinnacle of purity, they often miss the muck of the reality in which most of us live and the tough and often less than perfect choices with which we are confronted in the never-ending challenge we face to make life a little bit better -whether in the struggle for human rights, improvements in the quality of life, or the provision of security and justice for those who are most vulnerable."
"It's easy to rhapsodize when faced with the end of an era, so let's review Jon Stewart's track record: 56 Emmy nominations and 20 wins, most of which he garnered for Outstanding Variety Show or Outstanding Writing in a Variety Show. His viewership, according to recent ratings, is well over 2 million an episode, and his "Indecision" campaigns provided a snappy alternative to those put off by dour or puffed up presidential election coverage. In 2010, alongside protégé Stephen Colbert, he brought 200,000 people to the mall in Washington D.C. to "Restore Sanity and/or Fear"; he's kicked off, refreshed and enhanced the careers of an incredible number of comedians. And above all, he created a home for smart, irreverent, left-leaning political coverage on cable and then brought care and consistency to it, night after night."
"I never think about the play or visualize anything," Lionel Messi says. "I do what comes to me at that moment. Instinct. It has always been that way."
By 1997, 10-year-old Lionel looked two years younger than his teammates. Doctors finally diagnosed a growth-hormone deficiency and prescribed a new treatment. For four years, Messi took nightly hormone injections. He became a first-team fixture at age 17, helping the Catalans win La Liga in 2005. During practice, he watched and learned from Ronaldinho, the Brazilian forward who was twice named FIFA World Player of the Year.
"It was a pleasure to train with him and see the things he did during games," Messi says. "Different things, impressive things, dribbling and juggling." Meanwhile, Messi's international play was also gaining attention. He was named best player at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, leading Argentina to the title with six goals. He got his first cap with the senior team that summer, then played in the 2006 World Cup. When Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final, Messi was named Young Player of the Tournament.
As wild as Dock Ellis was, few could have predicted what he’d pull off on June 12, 1970, in a game against the San Diego Padres. According to Ellis, he flew into San Diego on June 11, one day before his next pitching assignment. He took LSD, then went to a friend’s house in LA. He partied, fell asleep and took more LSD when he woke up. Ellis rushed to San Diego for the game [and also took Dexedrine and Benzedrine pills]. He pitched wildly through all nine innings, walking eight and hitting a batter, but managed to pitch a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory. “I didn’t know if I was facing Hank Aaron, Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle,” said Ellis. “I was just out there throwing a baseball and having a great time.”
Later in life, Ellis, who ultimately got straight and became a drug counselor, expressed shame about what he had done... "Dock didn’t remember too much of the game. That was one of his major regrets,” says No No: A Dockumentary director Jeff Radice. “It was the high point of his baseball career, and it’s this black spot on his memory.”
Zach Johnson made a hugely clutch birdie putt at 18 on Monday in the British Open’s final round to get to 15 under. Johnson joins Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead as the only six golfers to win at both the Old Course and Augusta. Jordan Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, came within inches of a shot at the third leg of the Grand Slam.
Joe Cocker (1944-2014): "Over the years, I've worked with just about everybody."
The legendary vocalist began his career in Sheffield in the early 1960s, performing in pubs and clubs before reaching pop stardom. Best known for his 1968 cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” (which reached number one in 1968), Cocker famously performed the song at Woodstock in 1969. Cocker hit number one again and won both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983 for his duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong", from An Officer And A Gentleman.
"This has always been the tricky business of satire: the more completely authentic and damning it is, the more it admits to its target’s victory – maybe even its permanency. In the realm of books and movies, that admission hurts less, if only because of the singular iteration of those works. At 10 seasons and nearly 1,500 episodes of The Colbert Report, the admission feels like acceptance. The show is shutting down because Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman, but it might as well close up shop because nobody wants to face that this nightmare is unending."
“Our first night professionally onstage,” he said, the longtime Second City director Jeff Michalski told them that the most important lesson he could pass on to them was this: “You have to learn to love the bomb.”
“It took me a long time to really understand what that meant,” Colbert said. “It wasn't ‘Don't worry, you'll get it next time.’ It wasn't ‘Laugh it off.’ No, it means what it says. You gotta learn to love when you're failing.… The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer.”
“I just want to do things that scratch an itch for me. That itch is often something that feels wrong. It's wrong because it breaks convention or is unexpected or at times uncomfortable. I like that feeling.”
"Cristiano Ronaldo snapped Lionel Messi’s streak of four consecutive world player of the year awards Monday afternoon, winning the 2013 Ballon d’Or over the Argentinian and fellow finalist Franck Ribery, the Bayern Munich winger. Ronaldo also won the 2008 Ballon d’Or, and despite phenomenal output since his move to Real Madrid in 2009, the Portuguese superstar could not eclipse Messi in the voting until this year. He also set a new mark of nine goals in a UEFA Champions League group stage."
"I didn't know if I'd ever be able to perform again. I had those thoughts. They were real."
It was Sept. 11, 2011, and he was lying in a hotel bed in Marina del Rey, Calif. He had just undergone his fourth neck operation in two years, to remove a herniated disk from his spinal cord that all but killed the nerve running down his fabled right arm. The surgery, a single-level anterior fusion, immediately alleviated the pain but did not regenerate the nerve. Manning flew to Durham, N.C., in November 2011 and moved in with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, his offensive coordinator at Tennessee. Manning stayed at Duke, on and off, for more than three months, and the nerve started firing again.
Boxing Trainer Cus D’Amato to Mike Tyson:
"Fear is the greatest obstacle to learning. But fear is your best friend. Fear is like fire. If you learn to control it, you let it work for you. If you don’t learn to control it, it’ll destroy you and everything around you."
Compared with his contemporaries, the discoverers of the structure of DNA, James Watson and Francis Crick, Frederick Sanger was a relatively unknown figure outside science. He never courted fame (describing himself as "a chap who messed about in his lab") and retired at the age of 65 to devote time to his garden. He even rejected a knighthood because, he told a journalist in 2000, he did not care to be called Sir. He was awarded the Order of Merit by the Queen in 1986.
Satyagraha was a movement started by Gandhiji.(/ˌsætɪəˈɡrɑːhɑː/; Sanskrit: सत्याग्रह satyāgraha) — loosely translated as "insistence on truth" (satya "truth"; agraha "insistence" or "holding firmly to") or holding onto truth or truth force — is a particular form of nonviolent resistance or civil resistance. The term satyagraha was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948). He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement and also during his earlier struggles in South Africa for Indian rights. Satyagraha theory influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.'s and James Bevel's campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (1954–1968), and many other social justice and similar movements. Someone who practices satyagraha is a satyagrahi.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948):
"I have also called it love-force or soul-force. In the application of satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself."
"Bill Gates has become one of the most influential people – not just tech entrepreneurs – of the 21st century. He now sits at the helm of one of the world’s most influential nonprofit institutions and has become a vocal champion for eradicating disease in the developing world. He has put his own money to work and given away the rest."
Charles Woodson: "I’m one of the greatest to ever play this game"
"Eight Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pro honors, a Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl ring and defensive player of the year award are among his many accomplishments, along with his new place atop the list of most defensive touchdowns (13), where he’s tied with Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson."
Of Iron and Oak: "Every Man Should Know: The Wonderful World of Whiskey"
Mark Twain: "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."
Capitol File Magazine: 13 Distinguished D.C. Men
NICKLAS BACKSTROM's words to live by: "You only live once."
The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man
"@GSElevator is a Twitter account that shares overheard Goldman Sachs gossip"
"Floyd Mayweather is 44–0 and one fight into his six-fight, 30-month, potentially $300 million deal with Showtime. If he wins them all, he will be 38 and 49–0, the same record as Rocky Marciano, the mythical champion of champions. A 49–0 record without a contract would leave him free to negotiate an ungodly amount for a 50th fight."
"If Kobe Bryant, who has spent half his life in the NBA, never plays another game, his on-court legacy will include five NBA championships, 17 All-Star Game selections, 15 All-NBA team selections (11 first-team picks), 12 all-defensive teams spots, two NBA Finals MVPs, an NBA MVP award and two Olympic gold medals. He ranks third on both the NBA's all-time regular-season scoring (32,482 points) and postseason scoring (5,640) lists.
It is unquestionably the greatest career resume any Philadelphia-born athlete has ever put together — something that would normally receive universal respect as a testament to the hard-working mentality this city breeds. Normally. The reality is that Bryant is not universally revered. The public perception of him runs the full spectrum of love him, hate him, and everything in between. A few years ago, Comcast SportsNet ranked him as the No.2 Philadelphia sports villain, just behind the Dallas Cowboys of the Jimmy Johnson era."
Grantland Director's Cut: "The Man. Amen." by Charles Pierce, 1997
"An annotated look at the illuminating GQ piece on a 21-year-old Tiger Woods"
It was courage that inspired his 1970 return for the Joe Frazier trilogy, the Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman and, eight years after his comeback, victory over Leon Spinks, which made Muhammad Ali the first boxer ever to win the world heavyweight title three times.
Before the 1974 Rumble In The Jungle in Zaire, he recited a poem whose stunning imagery eclipsed anything they ever taught me at school. “I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale. Handcuffed lightning, and threw thunder in a jail. I can run through a hurricane and not get wet. Only last week, I murdered a rock, I injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”