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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Great week in sports

But the biggest story isn't 43 year old Vinny Testaverde coming off the couch (yes, couch, not bench) to lead the Carolina Panther to victory over Arizona. We in Charlotte are grateful, and almost ready to adorn our cereal boxes with Vinny Flakes, but it's not the greatest story in sports.

The biggest story isn't the Colorado Rockies making it to their first World Series (and making a nice 2-game parlay for my imaginary sports betting). Winning 21 out of their last 22 games is a monstrous run, but it's not the biggest story in sports.

Nah, Kevin Everett is the biggest story in sports. Because he walked a few steps. With a walker, yes, but the Buffalo Bills tight end has movement in his legs, something that a few weeks ago people didn't ever think would happen again. Yes, this young man's football career is 99% likely to be over, before it really got going. But he'll walk again. After a life-threatening neck injury, the kind of injury that leaves people needing to kind of care usually reserved for the stars of Jeffrey Deaver novels, this kid is gonna walk and lead at least most of a normal life. And that's the biggest story in sports this week.

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