The edge isn’t going anywhere, he says. That edge has been building since I was four years old. People start getting their edge when they start getting good at football—at an older age—but I got this when I was young. I’ve been doubted since I was four years old playing football.
It only grows. It never weakens.
He wants everyone to know his twin is an athlete like everyone else, that Griffin has no limitations and is without a doubt the best defensive player in the draft.
The only thing he has to do is be Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill says. If he can be Shaquem Griffin when he gets to the league, he has nothing to worry about.
The first will be familiar to everyone already glued to this feel-good story. Griffin was four years old…in the kitchen…holding a knife…ready to slice off his deformed left hand. Every time he bumped it, it hurt. He couldn’t play ball with his brothers. His mother seized the knife and had a doctor amputate the hand the next day.
What most may not know, though, is what happened when the Griffins got home. Mom instructed Griffin not to muddy up that bandage. He ignored her and played football. Needed to play football. And he was the happiest four-year-old on the planet.
No wonder he describes that second crossroads almost as an incarceration. Those first three years at Central Florida—under head coach George O’Leary—Griffin was stuck on the scout team as his twin flourished. Stuck in Unit 412, Room C. He’s not letting O’Leary off the hook yet, no. He says he pleaded his case for playing countless times to coaches, and they’d say whatever they could to get him out of the room.
Under O’Leary, he felt like a charity case.
When I was 7 years old, a kid hit me in the head with a rock at a tennis court requiring five stitches. For two weeks I suffered the physical and emotional pain of that moment. Mr. Met has endured having stitches in his head for over 50 years, and has always been expected to have a smile on his face.
In the College Station super, your new favorite team Davidson tiptoed around the Aggies for five innings before blowing up their hosts’ 6-0 advantage in the sixth and seventh. Down one heading into the ninth, they tied it up in the top of the frame and held on in the bottom to send the game to extras. Starting big arm Durin O’Linger lasted 7 2/3 innings in the no decision.
This game in fact set NCAA baseball tournament history, as the Wildcats and Aggies paired up for the longest Game 1 in super regional history. Fifteen full innings were required to decide a winner on Friday, but in the end A&M prevailed on a well placed, bases-loaded single from George Janca. Saturday’s bout will most hopefully deliver similar theatrics.
In the Long Beach super regional, Long Beach State more or less handled Cal State Fullerton in nine innings, 3-0. The Dirtbags jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished, stymying Fullerton’s bats for the duration. The greatest highlight of Friday’s outing, however, was this amazing umpire who offered up the most emphatic YOU’RE OUT of the tournament thus far.
He turns 39 in October, and while his renaissance has been something various teams have enjoyed for five years now, there’s an excellent chance that he won’t pick up another Cy Young vote or All-Star appearance in his career. When a pitcher this old starts allowing bushels of runs, it’s certainly time to be skeptical.
But I’m still pretty sure Lackey will be fine. Arrieta will be fine. They’ll all be fine. The Cubs are fine. I have no emotional investment in this team, and I’m telling you they’ll be fine.