Rodney Rogers, a Durham native and former ACC Player of the Year who went on to win NBA’s Sixth Man award, is paralyzed from the shoulders down, according to a report in today’s News & Observer. Rogers was involved in an ATV accident in Vance County, the N&O reports.
Barry Saunder's story reveals a man who--despite earning millions over a celebrated 12-year professional career--gave back to the Bull City. Read the full Triangle Offense post here.
...but we're guessing Reggie Love won't be in the stands.
But we will be: Follow the action at Triangle Offense.
In a fortuitous bit of timing, Barack Obama arrived in Florida the day after the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.
In a rally at George Steinbrenner Field, Obama was introduced by the savior of Game 7, rookie pitching phenom David Price.
The Boston Globe has the report—a rueful one, given the fate of their Sox. (That's Perez on the left in the photo, and the player shaking Obama's hand bears a strong resemblance to Gomes.) Reporter Scott Helman notes that the ever-cautious Obama took care not to endorse the Rays in their looming World Series confrontation with the Philadelphia Phillies.
He was careful, though, not to necessarily endorse the Rays in their World Series match-up against the Phillies. It's easy to understand why: The Phillies, too, hail from an important swing state up north, a little battleground called Pennsylvania.
We've got the video and post at Triangle Offense.
St. Augustine College is on three-year probation after racking up a series of NCAA violations. Read the post on Triangle Offense.
Bob Young, founder and CEO of Lulu, the Triangle-based online self-publishing company, has emerged as a white knight for the Carolina RailHawks USL-1 soccer club in Cary.
Tim Candon of WRAL.com has the scoop, by way of Triangle Offense.
If you were a fan of Tar Heels basketball in the 1970s, you remember Phil Ford, Walter Davis and Mitch Kupchak. You also remember 6'10" center Tommy LaGarde.
LaGarde also played in the NBA, for the expansion Dallas Mavericks. In fact, he was an Original Maverick.
It seems that lately LaGarde has been searching his memories, trying to remember if a certain duo also wore the jersey of the Original Mavericks.
We've got the video over at Triangle Offense.
It didn't take long for the Times to catch up with hometown hero Fernando Perez, a season-long highlight for the Durham Bulls who is now on the Tampa Bay post-season roster. Perez, a New Jersey native and Columbia grad, reveals that in his off-hours, he likes to read Annie Dillard, Howard Zinn and... Hermann Hesse.
We've got the story link, and a video, over at Triangle Offense.
The Tampa Bay Rays got off to a fast start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, behind two record-setting home runs by rookie phenom Evan Longoria. The Rays prevailed, 6-4.
Longoria, who began this season in Durham (albeit briefly), became the first rookie to hit two home runs in his first two post-season at-bats. The only other, non-rookie, player to accomplish the feat? Minnesota's Gary Gaetti, who is now the Bulls' batting coach.
We've got more over on our sports blog, Triangle Offense.
Perhaps it's because Dan Johnson (and Fernando Perez, Justin Ruggiano et al.) are in Tampa now, but the Bulls have fallen behind two games to none in the best-of-five International League finals against the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Yankees. In Pennsylvania last night, the Bulls lost 1-0 in a 13-inning pitching duel.
Tonight, the teams take the field at Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7:05 p.m. In a clash of multimillion-dollar pitching prospects, Jeff Niemann starts for the Bulls while the Yankees' dubious $20 million investment, Kei Igawa, starts for the visiting nine.
In news from yesterday, Bulls lefty hurler David Price, the consensus top pitching prospect in the minor leagues, was named by USA Today as the minor league player of the year.