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Jeff and the Duke Crazies

March 18, 2015

I’m on a train that’s barreling past the broken bottles, old tires, and graffiti-covered buildings between Philly and Newark. U2’s “Bad” is rocking my ear buds, Bono shouting: I’m wide-awake; then whispering: I’m not sleeping. I have to write this blog post before I reach New York’s Penn Station. Here goes.

 

THE HUNTING GROUND

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February 27, 2015

Today I am in New York City for the premier of THE HUNTING GROUND, a frightening new film that shines a bright light on one of our culture’s darkest secrets – the epidemic problem of sexual assaults on college campuses.

 

CREDIBILITY

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The controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ alleged use of under inflated balls may go down as the biggest red herring in the history of pro sports. Days after the Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game, ESPN reported that during the first half of the game,11 of the 12 Patriots’ gameballs “were inflated significantly below the NFL’s requirements.” This information was attributed to unnamed “league sources.”

 

THE GREAT DIVIDE

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January 24, 2015
This post is about a decorated Marine sniper. His name is Brandon Delfiorentino. His friends call him Del. He did three tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was recognized as the most successful sniper in his unit during 37 missions in Ramadi during 2005-06. Today he’s a talented freelance film editor.

 

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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This post is about what happens when a woman who doesn’t like football goes to a football game. 
 
But first, a quick update on last month’s post HANDS OFF MY SISTER.  My sister’s story prompted many readers to ask how they could help.  I’ve established a fund for my sister and her children.  The idea is for a lot of people to give a little bit.  It’s called “crowd funding.”
 
Check it out: dreamfund
 
NOW, ONTO TODAY’S STORY, which is a follow-up to TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS with Steve Young.  Here goes.
 

TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS

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For the past two years I've helped Steve Young research and write his life story for his family. I asked him if I could post an excerpt. This is from a chapter called, "Ten Thousand Spirals."

BY STEVE YOUNG with JEFF BENEDICT

August 18, 1980. I entered the Smith Field House on Brigham Young University’s campus to get my equipment and locker assignment. I was eighteen and fresh out of high school. Close to one hundred players milled around in street clothes. I was the only guy from Connecticut. I didn’t know anybody and nobody knew me. Depth charts for each position were taped on the wall. I ran my finger down the quarterbacks list:

Jim McMahon
Eric Krzmarzick
Royce Bybee
Jym Kimball

I scanned all the way to the eighth and final spot before I found the name I was looking for: Steve Young.

I spun around, leaned back against the wall and dropped my head. I had never been eighth in anything. At Greenwich High I was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams.

What am I doing here?

 
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Hands off my sister.

There will be no pictures in this blog post.

I’m nine years older than my sister Charity. I fed her from a bottle and changed her diapers. I put Band-Aids on her knees and made her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She was nine when I yanked her from her bed in the middle of the night and carried her outside during a house fire. When she was twelve I took her to her first rock concert – U2 at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987.

 
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including  the New York Times bestseller The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.  He is also a frequent public speaker and lecturer.  To book him email: info@jeffbenedict.com

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