The goods news about the NBA’s Washington Wizards comes so infrequently that we paid attention to this column in HoopsWorld, an online fan site, about Mo Evans, “Washington Learning From Wise Wizard.” Evans tells Alex Kennedy: “I’m a blue collar player who always plays hard. Whether it’s in practice or in a game, I’m always going to show up and play hard.”

Blue collar, eh? There’s a lot of that going on

  • ESPN ACC blog, “NC State hands out team awards“: “CAREY BREWBAKER AWARD — Most Valuable Defensive Lineman: Natanu Mageo — Force from his defensive tackle spot who was called a “blue-collar” player by the coaching staff.”
  • The Detroit News, “Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks’ play is getting notice“: “‘He’s a strong guy, but not a big guy,’ Parrish said on Thursday. ‘He’s more of what I call a blue-collar player.‘”
  • Yahoo! Sports, “Fan reaction: Wallace breaks out for Trail Blazers“: “I love this guy’s game. He’s energetic, tough, fearless and scrappy. He’s a blue-collar player who’s a great defender, a great rebounder and does all the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet but are important to a team’s success.”
  • Salem Statesman-Journal, “Ducks forward Joevan Catron makes most of his senior year“: “Catron will be remembered as a blue-collar player who was part of a team that closed down McArthur Court and ushered in a new era of Oregon basketball.”
  • Ventura County Star, “No. 20 Kentucky edges No. 21 Vanderbilt 68-66“: “It was a storybook ending for a blue collar player who has evolved into an unlikely leader as a senior. Harrellson finished with eight points and nine rebounds in his final home game.”

We await the sports writing that reflects the modern world of manufacturing and labor: “He’s a talented, exceedingly well-trained player who really knows his field, and yet he’s also a fierce worker and competitor. I think of him as a skilled manufacturing player.”

P.S. Hurray for Erik Duffy, a coach of a club soccer team, who described his star player from Penn State, Taylor Schramm, thusly: “Part of what makes Schram so good is the way she combines finesse and hard work. Duffy called her ‘a white collar player with a blue-collar mentality’ and said along with her aerial skills, it sets her apart.”

Hire her!

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