Mud, Sweat AndTears
This is an article from the Oct. 5, 2009 issue
After a watertruck spilled 6,000 gallons across the trail, high school cross-countryathletes did their best to navigate the "moderate" course at the ThreeCourse Challenge in Seaside, Ore., last Saturday. Ninth-grader Aaron Josi ofTillamook High fell in up to his neck but climbed out to finish 101st in therace. About 2,200 runners from 96 high schools around the West participated inthe event over the weekend at the Rilea Armed Forces Training Center.
Virginia Techlinebacker Cody Grimm got a congratulatory slap on the helmet from teammateEddie Whitley after breaking up a pass during the Hokies' rain-soaked 31--7upset of Miami in Blacksburg, Va., last Saturday. The victory moved VirginiaTech (3--1) up five spots to No. 6 in the AP poll, while Miami (2--1) droppedfrom ninth to 17th.
Rangers catcherPudge Rodriguez chased down a costly wild pitch by Tommy Hunter in the firstinning at the Ballpark in Arlington on Sept. 18. The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero(far right), who had swung and missed on the pitch for what would have been thethird out, beat Rodriguez's throw to first to keep the inning alive. Anaheimscored one run and went on to win the game 2--0. Entering the last week of theregular season, the Angels led Texas by six games in the the AL West with sevento play.
Hear Us Roar
Joyful Lions fanscelebrated on Sunday after their team beat the Redskins 19--14 at Ford Field.It was Detroit's first victory in 644 days, ending a 19-game losing streak thattied for the second longest in NFL history. After the game, coach Jim Schwartzsent players from the locker room back to the field to thank fans who hadsuffered with them. The Lions' radio voice, Dan Miller, shouted on the air,"Nightmare over!"