Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 12:28 am
The New England Revolution plays the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday for the Major League Soccer championship. For one player on the field — sporting one leg shorter than the other, metal plates in his face and an ear-to-ear scar — the MLS cup caps an excruciating journey back to the top of his game.
That player, Charlie Davies, barely survived a devastating car accident five years ago.
The soccer coach is giving his team a pep talk: "This is not an ordinary game," he declares as he paces in the locker room. "This is life or death. Ebola has defeated thousands in West Africa. Its key strength is passing."
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:32 pm
By Shannon Sims
It almost seems unpatriotic, not to welcome the Olympics to your hometown, but that's where Chris Dempsey stands.
The lanky 32-year-old with a shock of black hair is nuts about Boston, a prototypically obnoxious Red Sox fan. He wrote his college thesis about the city, worked in its government on transportation, and now is a Bain & Co. consultant by day. But at night he assumes his subversive role: leading a charge against the bringing the 2024 Summer Games to Boston.