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A Matter of Degree

June 04, 2007
June 04, 2007

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June 4, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Pro Football
LACROSSE
NBA PLAYOFFS
Stanley Cup
MOTOR SPORTS
TONY LA RUSSA
  • A DUI arrest. A pitcher's death. A horrendous start to the season. Only seven months after a World Series triumph that sealed his place among the greats, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is calling on all his smarts to cope with crises on and off the field

Departments

A Matter of Degree

Sports stars are giving graduates words to live by

WHO Yogi Berra
SCHOOL Saint Louis
WHY HIM The Hall of Fame catcher is a St. Louis native.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "There will be days when you wish you were back in class at SLU. Life gets tough. So be tougher. Stand up. Take your lumps. And before too long, you'll understand what it takes to be a winner."

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WHO Brian Billick
SCHOOL Johns Hopkins
WHY HIM He coaches the nearby Ravens
WORDS TO THE GRADS "In a bacon-and-egg breakfast the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. Be that pig."

WHO Billie Jean King
SCHOOL New England Institute of Technology
WHY HER The folks at NEIT admire the tennis pioneer.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "Insist your sons and daughters have equal rights and opportunities."

WHO Willie Randolph
SCHOOL Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.)
WHY HIM The Mets manager's daughter Ciara was among the graduates.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "I went on 11 managerial interviews and was rejected on all 11.... No matter how many rejections you get, keep fighting back."

WHO Bill Russell
SCHOOL Suffolk University
WHY HIM The school's in Boston, where his Celtics won 11 titles.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "I have heard people say that I would like for the society to be better.... But I, as an individual—what can I do? What you can do is be kind."

WHO Bernie Williams (above)
SCHOOL Iona
WHY HIM He played 16 seasons in Yankee Stadium, about 15 miles from the college.
WORDS TO THE GRADS: "If you want to reach your goals, you need to have a plan of action. You have to stay focused on the things you can control and don't get discouraged or distracted by the things you cannot control."

The Pop Culture Grid

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How do sports stars fit in?People say I look like ...Best nickname you ever hadMost you've ever paid for a haircutTime you went to bed last nightLast thing you ordered for take outShrek reminds me of ...
PLENETTE PIERSON Shock F/CSanaa LathanScooterTo get my hair done? $5006 p.m.A Chipotle burritoRick Mahorn
RUSSELL MARTIN Dodgers CTurtle from EntourageTurtle$401:30 a.m.PizzaJonathan Broxton
ERIN THORN Liberty GHilary SwankET$15 (my sister is a hairdresser)10:30 p.m.Santa Fe saladDanny DeVito
TYLER CLIPPARDNobody, reallyTaz$253:00 a.m.10 nuggets, a burger and friesShelley Duncan (an old teammate)
PHOTODANIEL SHAPIRO (WILLIAMS)PHOTOAP (BERRA)PHOTOHARRY HARRIS/AP (KING)PHOTOALLEN EINSTEIN/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (PIERSON)PHOTOTONY FIRRIOLO/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (MARTIN)PHOTOTONY FIRRIOLO/MLB PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES (CLIPPARD)PHOTORAY AMATI/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (THORN)PHOTOTAMMIE ARROYO/AP (LATHAN)PHOTOHBO PHOTOFEST (TURTLE)PHOTOFRANKA BRUNS/AP (SWANK)PHOTOGAAS/AP (DEVITO)THREE PHOTOS