Most players can pinpoint the exact moment they realized Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was special.
“I played against him when he was 12,” Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said. “I remember he was the best kid on the ice — by far.”
For Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, the epiphany came on one of the first plays of a November 2016 game in Edmonton. “[McDavid] was skating so fast up the ice,” Kane recalled. “Our defenseman was going backward. He had to turn around and skate forward — like, directly at our net. McDavid still got a breakaway and got a shot off.”
Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans’ brother filmed Saban doing the Electric Slide, and it went viral. If you scour the internet, you’ll find him doing the Cupid Shuffle and The Wobble. “Hey,” Saban said, “I’ve been able to step through ever since I was in high school.”
After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as “inmates.” Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an “inmate.”
That sparked a back-and-forth with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who said NFL owners are historically responsible for the success of the NFL. However, McNair later pulled Vincent aside to apologize for the comment and then released a statement Friday after his words were made public in ESPN’s report.
It would have made for about 90 seconds of complete bonkers celebration in Houston, and then we would have gone to bed early because the game wouldn’t have been close anymore. Instead, Stripling walked off the mound with a big “thanks, God” smile and we got two more innings of exciting baseball.