If you grew up playing basketball in the Bay Area in the late 1980s, you knew about Hook Mitchell. You might not have known his first name -- it's Demetrius -- or perhaps even his last. But you knew Hook.
Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, who used to play as if he were saving his 6'3", 213-pound body to donate it to science, dropped to one knee and took a Patrik Elias shot in the chest with six minutes to go in Game 3 against the New Jersey Devils last week. Although the shot block was widely reported, the press might as well have said that a pig had been spotted flying over Parliament in Canada's capital. Indeed when Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun asked Senators players if they had actually seen the block, forward Chris Kelly replied, "No. Like the Loch Ness Monster, you hear about it but you never see it."
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite highly descriptive news reports, slow motion video and purported eyewitness accounts from major league hitters -- well, the Florida Marlins' scrubs -- Red Sox pitching sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka does not throw a gyroball, G. Gordon Grinch of the North Pole news bureau of SI has learned. Several sources close to Matsuzaka -- and you can't get much closer to Matsuzaka than Matsuzaka himself -- confirmed to Mr. Grinch that Matsuzaka's gyroball is nothing more than media mythology, a promulgation the pitcher delightfully enjoys.
For decades now, eyes and sky have met to witness the buzzing of our world by Unidentified Flying Objects, termed UFOs or simply flying saucers. Extraterrestrials have come a long way to purportedly share the friendly skies with us.