The Mitchell Report: Harvey, Manning and Kill
Posted October 6, 2013
Updated October 7, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
I'm really glad I am not Minnesota athletics director Norwood Teague. He has a really tough situation on his hands in Minneapolis. Gopher football coach Jerry Kill missed the game with Michigan because of a seizure. Kill has epilepsy and has had five seizures since the beginning of football season. One of those happened during a game. Kill has Minnesota playing some of its best football in years and even took the team to a bowl game in 2012. But how can you have a situation where you never know if the coach will be on the sidelines for the game? It has to be tough on the players to see what their coach is going through and still strap up to play on a Saturday when he is at home. I'm not sure where to draw the line here. I feel awful for Kill, but at what point do you have to pull the plug and give him a chance to move to position outside of coaching?
I was very sad to see the news on Friday that Matt Harvey will have Tommy John surgery. We see this too often in sports. A guy is on top of the world and then it comes crashing down really quickly. Harvey started the All-Star game, but will not throw a pitch in 2014. That's a really tough break for the kid and for the Mets. It is not, however, surprising. There were times I would watch how hard he was throwing and wonder if that would ultimately cause his arm to break down. Tommy John isn't as bad a deal as it used to be, but I hope we see Harvey back at full strength when he is able to return. He's fun to watch.
I remember watching Peyton Manning when the Colts released him a few years back. I was hoping he would catch on with another team and be healthy and win a Super Bowl. I wouldn't really call myself a "Manning fan". I am a Gator, and I really enjoyed watching him never beat Florida, but there is something special about what this guy is doing now. He had neck surgery and he is back to playing the game at an absurd level. Manning set an NFL record against Dallas with his 17th Touchdown pass without an interception. This almost doesn't seem possible. It's a great story. I hope he takes it all the way.
**Interesting nugget at the end of this column talking about confidence in the Canes in Vegas. Some people jumping on the bandwagon with some cash!
**Positive review of former Heel Kendall Marshall heading into his second season in the NBA.
**Your chance to buy stuff featuring the tattoo of your favorite athlete. I think I'll pass.