It was Superstar Sunday – day of rare (or not so) feats by a veritable Hall of Fame for our era.
You could start almost anywhere.
Maybe with Alex Rodriquez’s 52st home run of the season in the Yankees’ win over Kansas City It was his fifth straight game with a homer, his ninth during that period.
Or with Roger Federer, who won his fourth straight U.S. Open with a willful 7-6, 7-6 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic, tennis’ champion in the wings. Federer won his 12th grand slam, pitting him now only against Pete Sampras’ 14 as the most of all-time.
How about Tiger Woods? He rendered the inaugural FedEx Cup yet another TW Invitational by shooting 8-under on the final day of the BMW Championship to win the tournament and put himself to win the PGA’s new end-game tournament and its $10 million annuity. Now he can pretty much play the four rounds of the closing Tour Championship with a putter and win the big prize. Only four guys – – Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi. – stand between TW and another phat check.
On the NFL’s Opening Sunday, Randy Moss reminded us, well of Randy Moss (is anyone else itching for the showdown between Moss and Marvin Harrison on November 4), LaDainian Tomlinson efficient spectacular (no big numbers, just two TDs) in San Diego’s win over the Bears; and Brett Favre continued his march towards being the NFL’s all-time, all-time QB by leading the Packers to victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
But they were all overshadowing by a lesser name, a third-year backup tight end who was among pro football’s anonymous. Outside Buffalo, his Port Arthur, Texas hometown and the U of Miami Hurricane clan, the quiet giant wasn’t widely known. Not until Kevin Everett didn’t get up from the kind of pileup that happens a thousand times on weekends in the fall. Everett suffered a several spinal injury that, at best, will prevent him from walking again. At worse, he could die.
On Tuesday, some of Everett’s teammates visited him at the Millard Fillmore Gates hospital in Buffalo. Heavily sedated, Everett could not communicate with his teammates, but doctors said he could possibly hear them So many sat with him and talked, some for as long as 20 minutes.
Hundreds of NFL players hurt for Everett, but as one of his teammates said on Monday: “We have to move on.” That is the gladiatorial nature of the game, of all games. Another potential Superstar Sunday awaits. But as they do, know for certain, particularly in Buffalo, that a small piece of each man remains in Buffalo. A piece that offers solace and knows: There but for the grace of God …