Michelle Wie: As a teenager she was playing against the best male golfers on the PGA Tour, now one of the LPGA’s leading headliners has finally captured her first major victory this weekend at the U.S. Open. For 11 years Michelle Wie has been at the center of the women’s golf world and her tournament results are beginning to mirror the hype. The young, flamboyant star has had her fair share of critics, but her ability to play through the doubts and maintain a great attitude on and off the course makes her the perfect motivational speaker for the young women that idolize her.
Dante Exum: So the NBA’s newest phenomenon is here folks and his name is Dante Exum. Dante is the son of former UNC and NBA standout Cecil Exum, who won the NCAA title with MJ in 1982 so you could say the kid was built for this. The draft’s international man of mystery grew up in Australia while his father carried out his career as a player and coach in the National Basketball League. Now with the draft only 2 days away, Dante has been thrust into the national spotlight and his newest string of Foot Locker commercials perfectly showcase his charismatic and innocent personality.
Amanda Beard: If you think winning 7 Olympic medals sounds hard, how about spending a week with MTV’s notorious sleaze-ball, Spencer Pratt? 4-time Olympian Amanda Beard took on what could maybe be her greatest challenge to date this week in an episode of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap with Spencer and Heidi Montag. While Amanda continues to train to make a go at the Summer Olympics in 2016, she is now the loving mother to 2 children which begs the question: Is there anything Amanda Beard can’t do?!
Mike Modano: Knock once and you’re in! Mike Modano is the American all-time leading goal scorer and points leader in NHL history and it’s no surprise that the Dallas Stars’ center skated into the Hall of Fame yesterday in his first eligible year for hockey’s greatest honor. His commitment to helping the team even when that meant checking the opposing team’s best player while still being expected to be the leading goal-scorer. His selflessness is what ultimately made him so successful and he is one sports star we can say truly took the meaning of team player to heart.
Rich “Goose” Gossage: Strolling in to Yankee Stadium on Sunday you might’ve thought the visiting team had just taken the field to a very loud chorus of boos. Yet the “boos” were in fact a loud resounding chorus of “Goose,” and the Yankee faithful were paying homage to their beloved “Goose” Gossage who had his likeness added to the star-studded row of plaques in Monument Park. The Hall of Famer led the Bronx Bombers to a World Series title in 1978 and post-retirement has become quite the inspirational sports speaker.
J.J. Watt: J.J. Watt could be the closest thing the NFL has seen to a gladiator since teammate Brian Cushing and his body-sacrificing hits, but his newest string of TV commercials for local grocery chain H-E-B reveals the lighter side of the intense defensive end. The grocery chain has long since employed the help of local Houston sports stars and the newest string of commercials with J.J. have been a huge hit amongst consumers. Even to the point that his Texans Crackle Tackle ice cream was the top selling flavor for 16 weeks after the flavor’s commercial aired; maybe Ben & Jerry’s needs to give this NFL’er a call!
Clayton Kershaw: One of the MLB’s brightest stars took the hill last Wednesday and proceeded to not allow the Colorado Rockies to get a hit, much less simply reach 1st base. Is Clayton Kershaw the second-coming of Sandy Koufax? Clearly it might be too early in his career to tell, but Clayton’s record career ERA is currently the lowest of any starting pitcher in the live ball era and his perfect game, no-hitter with no walks and 15 strikeouts can arguably go down as the best pitching performance ever in baseball.
Carl Edwards: It’s really hard for us to understand how any NASCAR driver couldn’t possibly get tired of going left but this weekend Carl Edwards went right! Carl back flipped his way into the winner’s circle and took home his first road course victory at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday and the big win couldn’t have come at a better time. Many have speculated Carl will leave Roush Racing at the end of the season to link up with Joe Gibbs and his team and this win solidifies him as one of today’s top drivers at any race track.
Kevin Streelman: Wealin’ and dealin’ Kevin Streelman made PGA Tour history on Sunday when he rattled off 7 straight birdies to win the Traveler’s Championship. Known for his consistent, steady play on the course, Kevin couldn’t miss when he hit the back 9 and he didn’t miss a single putt during his last 10 holes to overcome a 7 stroke disadvantage to take the win. Writing your name in the history books? All in a day’s work for Kevin Streelman.
Isaiah Austin: Unbeknownst to most, Isaiah has played a majority of his basketball career with a fake right eye after sustaining a severe injury in middle school and yet his play was spoke for itself. The 7’ center from Baylor was primed for this Thursday’s NBA Draft until news came that he has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, thus officially ending his basketball career. While you may not see him on an NBA court anytime soon, Isaiah is in a great place to use his life experiences and his undying resolve to motivate others and we wish him nothing but the best in transitioning to this new stage in his life.
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