Monthly Archives: October 2008

A 73-year-old college hoops player? Believe it

(October 22, 2008) – THE AVERAGE male life expectancy is 75 years. By then, Ken Mink’s college basketball days will barely be over.

Mink, 73, is one of the newest players on Roane State (Tenn.), a junior college about 35 miles west of Knoxville.  The 6-foot, 190-pound Mink is listed as a senior on Roane’s roster. No kidding.

The records aren’t clear, but he’s likely the oldest person to ever play college hoops.

Mink, a semi-retired journalist who lives in Farragut, Ky. Tenn., played for Lees (Ky.) Junior College until 1956 when he was dismissed – wrongly, he says – for allegedly covering the coaches’ office with shaving cream. It didn’t hamper his love for hoops, though. Continue reading

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The people’s sporting star who had ‘the grace’

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger celebrates the life of Sep Prosser, one of Australia’s great swimmers and swimming coaches, whose celebrity was based on an ingredient now missing from so much sport: grace.

(October 9, 2008) – THE GREAT American athlete John Carlos once described “those people of grace who raise sport to something more than a game.” Carlos and Tommie Smith had stood with their black-gloved fists held high on the winners’podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, damning racism and poverty. They were men of grace. Sep was very different, but he had the grace. Continue reading

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