April 15, 2020
By Al Ortiz
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected sports construction projects in different ways across the country - and in different sports. According to the associated press, of the ongoing projects in the NFL, NHL and MLS, work has continued in some places under strict new guidelines while it has stalled elsewhere. Workers are still showing up in Inglewood, California, Las Vegas, Seattle, Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio, and making progress on stadium and arena projects - slowly but surely.
We have some good news out of football! While the XFL suspended play and has all but seemingly closed its doors, former players are now finding opportunities in the NFL based on their play in the first-year spring league this past - and shortened - season. Donald Parham Jr. has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers after leading XFL tight ends in yards and receptions. Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended prematurely due to the ongoing pandemic.
Before Tim Duncan was, well, Tim Duncan, he was a rising star after being named Rookie of the Year after his first season in the NBA. The greatest basketball player ever saw great things for Duncan before the young Spur ever hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Rare footage has surfaced of Michael Jordan praising Number 21 and his potential. During one of his camps in 1998, Jordan was asked who was the most talented player in the NBA. He mentioned Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal and the late Kobe Bryant. Then, he went on to mention the rookie - saying “We got a lot of talented players. Don’t sleep on Tim Duncan. I would think he is probably the most fundamental, all around big man.” Wise words, and an accurate prediction from the Greatest of All Time.