Are We Really Still Watching ‘Friday Night Tykes’?

Are we really doing this again? Seriously trying to hide behind the guise of life lessons? Of people seeing their worst side in order to find their better?

Esquire Network aired the first episode of “Friday Night Tykes” season two this past Tuesday, and… wait is the network really going to do this whole thing again? This is about six- to 11-year olds, right?

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The Trentonian: “From Kenya to the Gridiron”

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Better late than never, right?

Early last month I was able to share Kevin Manyara’s story in the pages of The Trentonian, a daily newspaper that serves the Mercer County, N.J. area. I found Kevin’s journey and story too good to pass up, and was lucky enough to find an outlet to let me look deeper into it.

Just a quick summary since there are a lot of moving parts. Kevin was born in Kenya and came to the United States after high school by way of the Kenya Scholar Athlete Project (KenSAP). KenSAP, which I first learned about while reading David Epstein’s fantastic book The Sports Gene, helps exceptional western Kenyan students earn entry into top U.S. colleges. A combination of grades — mostly grades — and athletics — applicants run the 1,500 meter, most for the first time — help KenSAP narrow down to about a dozen students per year.

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UPDATE: Drexel Football Story

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Sometimes stories can help bring people together.

Back in the winter at the end of January and the beginning of February, The Triangle, Drexel’s student newspaper, published a three-part series I wrote about the history of Drexel’s football program and the future of the sport at the University (Parts I, II, III).

As part of the story, I got to meet a couple of former players, Steve Spagnolo and Barry Cole. While the team had been cut in the early 1970s, the two former players I interviewed had remained friends with some others, despite few formal football reunions.

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