View Full Version : "Spokane: City of Stars" 1992 Sports Illustrated

03-24-2008, 08:51 PM
1992 Steve Rushin Article on Spokane ( Stockton, Rypien, Sandberg ) (http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1004045/index.htm)

Three boys, separated by four years and five miles, were raised to greatness in this city of 177,000 residents near the Idaho border. Three boys put Spokane on the map, metaphorically, late in the 20th century, much as the Northern Pacific Railroad did, for real, late in the 19th. Three boys, their lives intersecting like tracks in a railroad switching yard before parting?one to the East, one to the West, one to the nation's heartland.

The three boys are now three famous athletes. The three famous athletes raced to prominence from a staggered start, so now they find themselves three different distances into their careers, wearing three different shades of fame.

Five miles, four years, three boys. They are three stars shaken loose from the upper lefthand corner of the country. Shaken loose from Spokane , but never really shaken free....

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Once and Future Zag
03-25-2008, 06:23 AM
Great article...

My favorite bit:

Bing Crosby , who also grew up in this neighborhood and also attended Gonzaga , stands in bronze on the college's campus, with a golf bag at his feet and what appears to be a cigarette butt in his mouth. (It is actually the remnant of a pipe, which is snapped off and stolen from Der Bingle's mouth monthly.) But if they ever erect a statue of John Stockton on these grounds, it will be in brass. They can melt down the actual John Stockton for raw material, for brass is what got him from boyhood to Barcelona .