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Putting The Sports Back In Sports Night!

I promised, and now I deliver! The First (Possibly Annual) Putting The Sports Back In Sports Night Fic Challenge.

The deal: behind the cut tag are 30 major sports stories from 2006 (and one from January 1, 2007). There are links to relevant overviews for each story.

What you do: survey the stories behind the cut tag; comment in this post with the number/description of the story you'd like to claim.

What I do: mark that story as claimed.

Then we all: take that story and use it as a starting point for a Sports Night fic. You don't have to know anything about sports to write for this challenge! I promise! The fic you write doesn't have to be about the sports story you've chosen; you can use that story in any way you see fit, as long as there's a tie between your fic and the story you've claimed.

But I don't know anything about sports! That's why we've got "sports betas" lined up -- people who do know and who are willing to help you out. When it gets closer to due date time, I'll post a list of people you can contact for sports help. (And if you don't want to sign up for the challenge but you're willing to answer questions about [basketball, cycling, tennis, etc], send me an email [minervacat at gmail dot com] and I'll add you to the list.)

Due dates? Ack! Stories are due March 15, the opening day of the NCAA tournament. This is a challenge, not an exchange, so I won't be running you down if you don't get something finished, but I might cry a little if we don't get many fics. On the 15th, I will post a Master List of who claimed what sports story, and you can link me to your fic, posted on your own livejournal or webspace.

Other Questions? Yes, I know that this list is U.S.-centric -- because Sports Night is a U.S. sports show. If there's something not on my list that you'd like to write, go for it -- but compiling this list was hair-tearing-out enough as it was, and I didn't even know where to start with things like cricket or European soccer.


    College Basketball:
  1. George Mason goes to the NCAA Final Four -- the first mid-major team to do so since 1979. [link one] [link two]: mosca
  2. The University of Florida wins their first national championship in men's basketball. [link one] [link two]: notpoetry
  3. Bobby Knight breaks Dean Smith's all-time victories record. [link one] [link two]: scrunchy
  4. Adam Morrison cries a lot after Gonzaga wins, loses, and practices. [link one]: onthecontrary
  5. Three ACC teams make the Women's Basketball Final Four, and Brenda Frese and Maryland win their first title. [link one] [link two]: likethesun2

    NBA Basketball
  6. Legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach dies. [link one] [link two]: mazily
  7. Pat Riley and Miami Heat win title. [link one]
  8. Nuggets and Knicks brawl, leading to 10 ejections. [link one] [link two]: musesfool

    College Football:
  9. Ohio State, Michigan and Florida, and the 2006-07 BCS Mess. [link one] [link two] [link three] [link four]: elishavah
  10. Appalachian State wins second I-AA football championship in a row. [link one] [link two]: janet_carter
  11. Vince Young and Texas beat USC in the 2005-06 Rose Bowl. [link one]: furies

    NFL Football:
  12. The Saints return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a year in exile. [link one] [link two]: nestra
  13. Steelers win Super Bowl behind Jerome Bettis. [link one]: estrella30

    NHL Hockey:
  14. The Carolina Hurricanes win their first Stanley Cup. [link one] [link two]: shoshannagold
  15. Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman retires. [link one]: inlovewithnight

    Baseball:
  16. Jonathan Papelbon breaks rookie save record. [link one]: soundslikej
  17. Chicago White Sox thump future World Champion St. Louis Cardinals 20-6. [link one] [link two]: oriolegirl
  18. Justin Verlander is first starting pitcher in 25 years to win the American League Rookie of the Year. [link one]: callmesandy

    Tour de France:
  19. Floyd Landis wins Tour de France and tests positive for high testosterone levels afterwards. [link one]: sangerin
  20. Operation de Puerto disqualifies four of five title contenders before the Tour even starts. [link one] [link two] [link three]: catwalksalone

    The 2006 Winter Olympics:
  21. The first Japanese gold medalist in figure skating is crowned. [link one]: marginalia
  22. U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek donates Olympic winnings to charity. [link one]: hyperfocused

    The 2006 World Cup:
  23. Zinedine Zidane makes headlines during the World Cup final when he headbutts Italy's Marco Materazzi. [link one: VIDEO] [link two] [link three] [link four]: atrata

    Tennis:
  24. Roger Federer wins three Grand Slams and plays in the final of the 4th. [link one]
  25. Andre Agassi retires. [link one] [link two]: laurificus

    PGA/LPGA:
  26. Despite taking a two-month break after the death of his father, Earl, in May, Tiger Woods won eight titles, including two majors, in just 15 events and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year for the eighth time. [link one] [link two]: cosmic
  27. Lorena Ochoa ends Annika Sorenstam's five-year reign as the LPGA's top player. [link one] [link two]: lyricalnights

    Swimming:
  28. Ian Thorpe retires at 24. [link one]: starfishchick

    Horse Racing:
  29. Barbaro, a Triple Crown favorite, pulls up lame in the Preakness. [link one] [link two]: lovelypoet

    Generally WTF:
  30. Emmitt Smith wins Dancing With The Stars. [link one]: darastar


Community membership is open, so feel free to join or watch, but posting is limited to the mods.

ETA: OH! Sign-ups will go on until 12AM EST, Saturday January 13 (ie, midnight Friday) or until all the prompts are gone.

ETA 2: This is why I don't run challenges -- I *forget* things. 750 word minimum, though I'm not going to set Rick Pitino on fire if you don't make the minimum.
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30. Emmitt Smith.


(that icon KILLS ME.)

darastar

10 years ago

this is the best EVER. #13 for me, please! and I will happily answer any uhm, baseball, football or basketball questions people have. (all pro, though, not college because I tend to not watch many college sports.)

YAY MIN!!
the bus is all yours, nan! ♥

estrella30

10 years ago

Oh! How is a girl to choose?

Um, #6, Red Auerbach. Yes.
i am glad someone is going to write that story; i cried when he died.

YAY! \o/

mazily

10 years ago

I'll take #15, Steve Yzerman. Awesome challenge. :)
steve is all yours! :)
despite the fact i have only ever watched ONE episode of 'sports night', and it was with you, i feel i must participate in this! though i know i will not be able to write danny and casey to save my motherfucking life.

note to self: add 'sports night' to netflix queue immediately.

the question remains, though. BASEBALL OF MY HEART, OR BASKETBALL OF MY LOINS?
I PUT ADAM MORRISON ON THERE FOR YOU, LT. COL.

kickthebeat

10 years ago

minervacat

10 years ago

kickthebeat

10 years ago

Is there a minimum word count? Because 1000 words is really kind of pushing it for me, not to mention I should be writing my thesis and I have no business signing up for fic challenges until I'm done. *coughs*

But if you don't mind shortish stories, then I'll take #17 and try not to bash the Sox too much.
i should not be running challenges until my thesis is done either!

uh, i hadn't thought about a minimum word count -- 750? would that be too much? i'd hate to have people who wanted to write excluded because of a word count issue. :)

oriolegirl

10 years ago

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oriolegirl

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oriolegirl

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oriolegirl

10 years ago

Oooh, Tour de France! Count me in for number 20 if that's OK.
all yours! :)
I feel like I wrote 16 as a ficlet, but um, fuck it, I want 18. Maybe I will re-read his Sports Illustrated cover story I carry around in my backpack and .. um, shutting up now. 18!
i thought you might want justin. *grin* he's all yours.

callmesandy

10 years ago

Can I have #12?
all yours! such a great story, too. :)
IAN THORPE OMG!!

Ack.
ARE YOU SIGNING UP, STEPH? :)

starfishchick

10 years ago

minervacat

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starfishchick

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minervacat

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starfishchick

10 years ago

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the general is all yours! if you want more links, i have more of them saved -- as a tarheel fan and a longtime respecter of bobby as a coach if not a human being, i read avidly while he was coming up on the record.

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minervacat

10 years ago

Oh, hit me with 8. It's a sad day I can't wring a story out of a brawl.
i have video of the brawl somewhere, if you want it. :)

musesfool

10 years ago

minervacat

10 years ago

musesfool

10 years ago

21! kat gave me the best idea! *claps*
YAY! *signs you up*
Gah! Someone took the ice skating one!

It's probably healthier for me to do something else, actually. I'll take #1, the George Mason stuff.
sorry about that -- you just missed it. :(

i have put you down for george mason, though, and i'm glad someone's going to write that one!
Oh! #29. Please!
oh, hooray! i had a dan rydell-esque debate with myself about whether barbaro's injury was really a sports story, and i'm so glad someone wanted to write it! :)

darastar

10 years ago

lovelypoet

10 years ago

I swear I was just here to see what you were up to. But no one has taken the headbutting prompt! How can that be?! Gimme gimme. #23.
yay, hooray! i am GLAD that you are writing for this. <333

atrata

10 years ago

minervacat

10 years ago

Awesome challenge! 25 for me, please.
all yours! :)
Could I please have 14?
absolutely! the canes are all yours. :)
May I have 24, please?
mr. federer is all yours! :)

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Yeep! The whole 2006 Tour broke me a little with the huge drug scandal at the beginning then Floyd Landis the Little Engine Who Could and then the positive thing. So glad you claimed 19, I can't wait to read someone else's cycling Sports Night.

minervacat

10 years ago

damn, tiger woods or the rose bowl . . . since i can't write about barbaro (sniffle). the problem with the rose bowl was that i hate usc with a damn passion, but i kind of hate everything from texas too. so it sucked. oh, but THEY were all in texas first, so i could do some serious usc bashing . . . though the daddy issues with tiger . . .

nah. give me #11. i'll figure it out.

however, if no one claims #26, let me know. or 27. women's golf is so underrated.

and i know lots about sports (probably too much). mostly: baseball, college hoops, olympic sports, anything to do with horses, football, golf (anyone who works a baranka into the story totally wins!), and uh, other things. not cycling. not hockey. that's about it.
the rose bowl is yours! i look forward to seeing both the usc AND the texas bashing. :)

i will put you on the sports beta list! more information about this to follow. *grin*
I'm never watched an episode of Sports Night in my life, heck, I'm not even much of a sports fan, and I'm not a fic writer, but I just wanted to tell you that this whole thing is awesome! Maybe it's the residual high off of the game last night...
i am glad you enjoying watching this madness! i cannot wait to read everything that comes out of this challenge.

(and if you ever decide you want to procrastinate by watching sports night, let me know, i'll lend it to you. it was only half-an-hour! you can watch a whole disc in three hours!)

lnboz

10 years ago

When I heard about this, I thought it was a great idea, but when I surfed over to check it out, I didn't expect to sign up.

Then I saw #5. And, um, SIGN ME UP. I am so easy.

(PS, two thumbs way, way up on your "BC SUCKS" icon.)
i KNEW somebody would want to write about brenda. yay. \o/

the bc sucks icon is free to any good homes that hate bc and the acc expansion. credit not even necessary. :)
16, please?
yours! :)

throughadoor

10 years ago

minervacat

10 years ago

#2 for me please, darlin', ONLY BY DEFAULT BECAUSE WTF SYRACUSE BIG EAST CHAMPS?

I kid, I kid. <3 etc. (Why do you deny me the chance to write about Danny talking about my home team? You know Dan had a crush on Gerry McNamara, and Casey mocked him mercilessly for it. He bought him an "OVERRATED?!!" t-shirt and everything. Danny wore it on the air. Casey made him take it off. So Danny wore it to bed.)
mr. dononvan and his champions are all yours, darling. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR IN-JOKES! :)
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