On my first day at Shichahai Sports School, the elite athletic academy in Beijing, Coach Chang introduces me to his ping-pong class. “We have a new American student,” he says, peering out from behind the prescription sunglasses he wears indoors. As all eyes turn toward me, I feel a rush of nerves. It’s like day one of kindergarten again, only this time I have chest hair. “He claims he’s been playing for more than ten years,” Chang goes on, “but from what I’ve seen, it looks more like ten days.” The class erupts into high-pitched giggles.
That’s way harsh, dude.
Even though my father, brother, uncles and grandfather were in the military, I seldom handled guns growing up. That’s because unlike many of the other people in my family, I’ve...Read More
Associate Professor of Economics, North Carolina State Univ.
No argument from me on the top three:: Cy Young, Gretzky, and Ripken. Cross-posted from Newmark’s Door.
It’s a tough list. Buckner booting the ball is only 12th.
Research done at my university, NC State, confirms what the Wizard of Westwood always taught:: use the glass.