Today has been an unusual day in sports.
It started on a high note with the announcement that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would sign Eric LeGrand to an NFL contract. LeGrand, a standout at Rutgers University under then-coach -- and Rutgers grid savior -- Greg Schiano, was paralyzed in a hit in October of 2010. His story is truly an emotional one, mostly because of LeGrand's seemingly God-given gift to accept his situation with hope and good humor. Schiano, now the coach in Tampa Bay, made the classy move today.
Then, I read that Andy Pettitte may have sunk the government's case against Roger Clemens. Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress about use of performance-enhancing drugs. Pettitte was called to testify because he had said that in 1999 or 2000 Clemens told him he had used HGH (human growth hormone). Pettitte and Clemens were once as tight as two sports buddies and fellow Texan pitchers could be. Their relationship chilled, but perhaps it's back on after today. In testimony this morning, Pettitte said it was “50/50” that he may have misheard Clemens. The final ruling, in many people’s opinion, seemed to rest on Pettitte, who, other than a brief dalliance himself with HGH, is considered to be an athlete and man of the highest principles. The others in the case all have some serious flaws.
Finally, just in the past hour or so, I see that Junior Seau has died from either a self-inflicted gunshot wound or in some sort of gunfight in his California home.