"The 25-year-old Pavlik may be getting this ink not so much because he's from Youngstown but because he is Youngstown.read more here.
But Pavlik is so grounded in Youngstown that it's difficult to sort the city from the son. He not only returns to his hometown after each win, but he also comes back to Civics, for darts and (when he's not training) beer. This is partly because the ambience suits him but mostly because it's four minutes away. That is, four minutes away from everything -- gym, home, parents. His fans find the triangulation quite reassuring."
"Pavlik eats the supper his father has prepared -- chicken and broccoli, usually, with cabbage soup for a late-night snack -- then crashes on the living room couch."
07 February 2008
pavlik and youngstown in SI this week
Richard Hoffer has a piece on Kelly in this week's Sports Illunstrated: