We’ll toggle from the best to the worst of the sports experience in this latest batch of "David’s Appetizers," assorted musings and observations from the sports scene, all from the last few hours:
If you watched the tribute to former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt on the ESPYs last night and didn’t have a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat, you’re pretty callous.
Summitt, one of the best coaches to ever roam the planet, received the Arthur Ashe Award for her courage in coaching the Lady Vols to an SEC title and a Sweet Sixteen appearance last year after being diagnosed with early onset Altzheimer’s.
The tribute was handled gracefully and brilliantly, even to an appearance by Summitt, escorted by her son, Tyler, and receiving the award from Peyton Manning, a Tennessee alumn.
Maybe she’s the face we need to combat this horrific disease.
She’s certainly a fighter and her will to succeed in all aspects of life is unquestioned.
Part of what she said in her acceptance was both true to form and inspiring, "I’m going to keep on keeping on, I promise you that."
You got, Pat.
The story of Eric LeGrand, who received, the Jimmy V. courage award, was a bookend inspirational saga.
LeGrand was the Rutgers player who was paralyzed after a blow in a 2010 game. He led his team on the field in 2011 and now is an icon for athletes who are coping and dealing successfully with great hardships.
"My dream is to get back on my feet and walk again," he told the audience after a standing ovation. "You can best believe that I’ll never give up."
Joe Adams’ punt return against Tennessee should have won Best Play in the online voting.
Indiana’s Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating shot to beat Kentucky was certainly a good play but I’ve seen that type of shot before — at least once a week during the basketball season. It’s a shot and a play almost every team practices regularly for such situations.
You cannot replicate and simulate was Adams did in that TD return, in which he seemed to run past everyone from Tennessee except Davy Crockett.
Creativity, amazing instincts and the incredible surprise of turning what most figured was a lost-yardage play into a touchdown. That play had it all.
The scathing internal report on the Penn State sexual abuse scandal cast permanent tarnish on the image of the late coach Joe Paterno.
According to the report, Penn State’s highest officials, including Paterno, covered up significant details concerning abuse to young boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The report indicates that the officials not only ignored and pushed aside major signs of problems but were shockingly callous to the concerns of the victims. And they covered up the problems for more than a decade.
The 267-page report was the result of an intense private investigation sanctioned by the university’s board of trustees and it was not done by novices. The point man was former FBI director Louis Freeh.
"Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State," said Freeh during Thursday’s news conference. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
The report noted Paterno, university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. ... In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university — Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse. And Paterno "was an integral part of this active decision to conceal," Freeh said at a news conference.
Then, another haunting statement from Freeh, "There’re more red flags here than you could count over a long period of time."
No words. Just no words.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or email@example.com)