By Ed Odeven

Today, I read two articles that in different ways provided a poignant reminder that sports are, above all, about people — not about Xs and Os, advanced metrics or the latest gimmick play. The relationships that develop between teammates, coaches, fans, front-office staff, media, et al with sports as the backdrop for these interactions is often the most compelling part of it all.

Exhibit A: Brendan F. Quinn’s compelling profile of John Beilein’s coaching journey from upstate New York to the University of Michigan, and all the stops in between.

And the other: Glenn Dickey reminisces about his strong ties to sports in recent story posted on his website.