CINCINNATI -- Edinson Volquez wanted to quit. When the Texas Rangers staff pulled him aside that March 2007 day in spring training and told him that he -- the former No. 1 ranked prospect in the organization, possessor of a gilded changeup, a 98-mph fastball, and all of 14 major league starts -- would find himself not just in the minors, but three levels and 1,400 miles away from Arlington in Single A Bakersfield.
The best dog team anyone ever hitched to a sled was the one Susan Butcher stood behind in the 1985 Iditarod, the 1,100-mile race across Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. So says Butcher, who knows a bit about sled dogs. ''Those guys were athletes,'' she recalls with a wistful shake of her head, ''and it all just came together. No one was going to beat them or come close to beating them.''
Maybe it's partly the post-holiday blahs, but my mailbox these days is stuffed with laments from people who don't like what they're doing for a living, but aren't sure what they would rather do instead.
From "Gladiator" to "The Lion King", "Pirates of the Caribbean" to "The Simpsons," film composer Hans Zimmer's versatile and imaginative scores have added aural color, light and shade to the on-screen action.
Dear FSB: I'd love to start a small business in my hometown, but how do I analyze the market? What's an effective strategy for identifying a need in a town of 30,000? --Sidra Louis Miller, Edwardsville, Ill.
For the second time in three days, a strong earthquake rumbled Thursday night off the coast of northern California, about 300 miles northwest of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site.
On January 29, 1981, presidential press secretary Jim Brady called to tell me that on the following Monday, I would have the first one-on-one Oval Office interview granted to any magazine -- Inside Sports -- with the recently inaugurated Ronald Reagan.