Into practice, Titans coach Jeff Fisher (above). Last Thursday several membersof the 101st Airborne Parachute team jumped to Tennessee's practice facilityfrom 12,000 feet; one was paired with Fisher, who used the stunt to teach hisplayers a lesson about overcoming obstacles. "We didn't know what was goingon," linebacker Stephen Tulloch told The Tennessean. "To see him dothat, it made practice that much more fun. We didn't know it was him, and thenwe saw his blue jacket and knew it was."
This is an article from the Dec. 1, 2008 issue
Of cancer at age 65, Carole Caldwell Graebner. Known more for her doublesplay—she and partner Nancy Richey were the top-ranked tandem in the world in1965 and won two Grand Slam titles—Graebner was an upstart finalist in thesingles draw at the 1964 U.S. Open. Playing through a brutal case of sunburnthat forced her to wear white cotton gloves in the final, she lost in straightsets to Maria Bueno. "Nobody was more tenacious than Carole," saidBillie Jean King. Graebner was a U.S. teammate of King's at the first U.S.Federation Cup, in 1963.
Of a heart attack at age 71, Bob Jeter (below). After a stellar career as ahalfback at Iowa—he rushed for 194 yards on only nine carries in the 1959 RoseBowl—Jeter was switched to defense by Vince Lombardi and became one of the topcornerbacks in the NFL. A two-time All-Pro, he won an NFL championship and thefirst two Super Bowls with Green Bay. Later in life Jeter raised several fosterchildren with his wife, Gwendolyn. "This gives us a busy house, and it'sbeen fun," he said. His son Rob is the basketball coach atWisconsin-Milwaukee.
By the Canadiens, Patrick Roy's number 33. The Hall of Fame goaltender won twoStanley Cups with Montreal before a bitter end to his stint with the Habs. In a1995 game he was left on the ice to concede nine goals. When he was finallypulled, he marched to team president Ronald Corey and told him he had playedhis last game for the Canadiens. Three days later he was traded to Colorado,where he won two more Stanley Cups with the Avalanche.
For sending a critical fan a profane e-mail, Browns G.M. Phil Savage. AfterCleveland beat Buffalo on Nov. 17, Savage responded to a 33-year-old fanidentified only as Brett, who had sent him several messages criticizing hiswork. Savage's response contained an obscenity. He apologized to the fan, whoin turn apologized to Savage and gave a TV interview in which he pleaded withthe league not to punish Savage. Said Brett, "I looked right into thecamera and said, 'If Roger Goodell is watching this, you just reinstated PacmanJones, you've got Matt Jones [the Jaguars receiver who was arrested for cocainepossession] still playing. You can't do anything to Phil Savage overthis.'" A league spokesman said no action was planned against Savage.
Outside the arena for UC Santa Barbara's home game against top-ranked NorthCarolina, Jimmy Connors. The winner of eight Grand Slam singles eventsallegedly refused an order to disperse after a confrontation with another fanoutside the Thunderdome and was taken into custody. Connors, 56, is asemiregular at Gauchos games. He was booked and released, and it was not clearon Monday if he would face charges.
By Major League Baseball, a rule that prohibits postseason games from beingshortened because of weather. During Game 5 of the World Series a hard rainbegan to fall with the Phillies leading the Rays 2--1 in the sixth inning. Hadumpires stopped play, the game would have been over because Tampa Bay hadbatted the required five times, and Philadelphia would have won. Instead theumpires called for the tarp after Tampa Bay tied the game, which meant itbecame a suspended game (it was resumed two days later). The new rule will alsoapply to tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game.
They Said It
Former IBF super bantamweight champ, after rival Celestino Caballero called hima "pretty boy": "We know one thing: Caballero's eyesight isbang-on."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Until it was changed last week, the test for Australiancitizenship included questions about cricket.