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Latrell Sprewell - Outrageous Quote Former NBA player Latrell Sprewell had a special gift: He could alienate just about everyone with his astonishing lack of responsibility. In 1997, as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Sprewell was suspended for 68 games after he attempted to choke his own coach who, during a practice, had asked him to make sharper passes. As bad as that incident was, Sprewell is probably best known for rejecting a three-year, $21-million contract extension in 2004 offered by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The amount actually was a pay reduction compared to the $14.6 million he was making in 2004-05 as a 34-year-old. Insulted by the offer, Sprewell publicly expressed outrage, declaring, "I have a family to feed... If [Minnesota general manager] Glen Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you're going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials soon." Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly had a field day with Sprewell's assertion that he could not feed his family on such a salary. Reilly pointed out, among other things, that Sprewell could buy 18 McDonald's franchises with his $8.3-million-after-taxes income. After declining the Timberwolves' extension, and, having once more drawn the ire of fans and sports media, Sprewell had the worst season of his career in the final year of his contract. In the summer of 2005, the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets all expressed interest in signing Sprewell, but no agreements were reached. Sprewell later lost custody of his children, had his home and yacht reposessed, and declared personal bankruptcy.
Tags: NBA  Latrell  Sprewell  greed  quote 
Added: 6th May 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton Passes LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70. Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed the death to The Associated Press before handing the phone to his wife, too distraught to talk. Norton, the only heavyweight champion never to win the title in the ring, had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of the fighter said. "He's been fighting the battle for two years," said Gene Kilroy, Ali's former business manager. "I'm sure he's in heaven now with all the great fighters. I'd like to hear that conversation."
Tags: heavyweight  champion  Ken  Norton  Muhammad  Ali 
Added: 18th September 2013
Views: 895
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Posted By: pfc
American express Travelers Checks Remember Karl Malden advocating American Express traveler's checks as a way of safeguarding your vacation money? Here's a sample commercial from 1978.
Tags: American  Express  travelers  checks 
Added: 24th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bewitched - Final Scene Today we are used to favorite sitcoms ending their runs with big finishes. That seldom used to be the case. Here is the last scene of the 252nd and final episode of Bewitched. It was produced in December 1971 and aired in March 1972. The episode's title is "The Truth, and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam." It's ordinary plot revolves around a unicorn pin which, because of a spell that Endora has placed on it, compels any mortal close to it to always tell the truth. There is no farewell scene--just Samantha and Darrin fittingly expressing their love for each other as the episode ends. By 1972, Bewitched had been moved by ABC to a deadly Saturday time slot directly against All in the Family. Neverthless, it still attracted decent enough ratings. There were initial plans for a ninth season. However, Elizabeth Montgomery and her husband Bill Asher (who produced the show) were divorcing, so the continuation of Bewitched would have been awkward.
Tags: Bewitched  sitcom  final  scene  1972 
Added: 28th June 2013
Views: 4631
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jim Joyce - Missed Call Fallout About a year ago I posted a photo of teary-eyed veteran MLB umpire Jim Joyce whose blown call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning cost Detroit Tigers' pitcher Armando Gallaraga a rare perfect game on June 2, 2010. Amazingly, Joyce became something of a folk hero for admitting his mistake and accepting the criticism that followed. Here is an excellent inteview that Joyce conducted with MLB.com six days after the blown call in which Joyce expresses his astonishment about the support he had received.
Tags: umpire  Jim  Joyce  blown  call  MLB 
Added: 4th July 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
9-11 Response - Gander NL The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 showed the dark side of humanity. In contrast, what occurred in Gander, Newfoundland highlighted the finest qualities of humanity. As this NBC clip shows, when the reality of the attacks set in, nearly 40 international and domestic flights scheduled to land in the northeastern U.S. were instead diverted to Gander Airport. For the 10,000 residents of Gander, taking care of "the plane people" suddenly became a collective community project for the next two days. The generosity of the locals left a lasting and overwhelmingly positive impression on the stranded travelers.
Tags: Canada  9/11  Gander  humanity 
Added: 5th July 2013
Views: 1384
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Posted By: Lava1964
ESPN Reveals 1973 King-Riggs Match was Fixed Confirming many people's suspicions that have lingered for 40 years, an expose on ESPN.com this week showed strong evidence that Bobby Riggs deliberately lost his famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match to Billie Jean King as a way to erase his gambling debts with organized crime. The 55-year-old Riggs had throttled Margaret Court, the world's top female tennis player, in a televised match on Mother's Day 1973 6-2, 6-1. Four months later King, the defending Wimbledon champion, beat Riggs in surprisingly easy fashion 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 before a big TV audience and more than 30,000 fans at the Houston Astrodome--despite being a 5-2 underdog at Las Vegas sports books. When one views the Riggs-King match with a critical eye, Riggs played passively and listlessly--not remotely the same way he played against Court in May. Riggs' shots were soft and usually placed directly at King. Riggs, the 1939 men's Wimbledon champion, whose serve was impeccably accurate, also double-faulted at four critical points in the match--including set point in the first set. Several all-time male tennis legends, including Don Budge who achieved the Grand Slam in 1938, expressed doubts about the honesty of the match, but their doubts were dismissed as wounded male pride at the time. According to the ESPN story, Riggs was anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 in debt to the mob. A witness, now 79, who was close to the mob, told ESPN he had overheard the discussions regarding the fix. Riggs came up with a two-part plan: In exchange for having his gambling debts expunged, Riggs would goad Court into a TV match with sexist comments knowing full well he could beat her soundly. He would then purposely lose to King as a way for the mob to make a killing in wagers on King at long odds. Riggs died in 1995 at age 77. King was among the last people to speak to him.
Tags: tennis  Bobby  Riggs  Billie  Jean  King  fix 
Added: 28th August 2013
Views: 1399
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Posted By: Lava1964
Short Life of Patrick Kennedy For two days in August 1963, the attention and concern of many Americans was focused on the newborn son of president John F. Kennedy, Patrick. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born by emergency caesarean section five-and-a-half weeks early at the Otis Air Force Base Hospital in Bourne, Massachusetts. His birth weight of 4 pounds 10-1/2 ounces medically classified him as premature. Immediately after Patrick's birth, he was transferred to Boston Children's Hospital where he died two days later of hyaline membrane disease, following treatment in a hyperbaric chamber. His obituary in The New York Times stated that, at that time, all that could be done for a victim of hyaline membrane disease "is to monitor the infant's blood chemistry and to try to keep it near normal levels." Hyaline membrane disease, now more commonly called respiratory distress syndrome, helped spark new public awareness of the disease and further research. In 2004, the disease had an overall mortality of less than 15%ólower among mildly to moderately premature infants, such as with the Kennedys' infant son. Had he been born 50 years later in August 2013, his odds of survival would have been 95%. Treatment modalities are now widely available in developed countries, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), pulmonary surfactant replacement, and improved respirator technology, that either did not exist or were unavailable in 1963.
Tags: Kennedy  baby  death   
Added: 1st September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bob Hope Introduces 1984 All-Americans Bob Hope introduces the 1984 NCAA All-American football team as chosen by the Associated Press. Many of them went on to have noteworthy NFL careers. (Look for Bruce Smith and Doug Flutie!)
Tags: Bob  Hope  NCAA  football  All-Americans 
Added: 15th September 2013
Views: 1295
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ron Luciano - Umpire Ron Luciano was perhaps the most colorful umpire in Major League Baseball history during his tenure as an American League ump from 1969 to 1980. He was best known for two things: his flamboyant, attention-grabbing way of calling baserunners out by 'shooting' them with his index finger and thumb; and his neverending feud with Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver. Luciano frequently ran afoul of standard practices by applauding great plays and chatting with players during lulls in the action. Despite his showboating ways, Luciano was generally regarding as an excellent arbiter by those who played the game. After his retirement from umpiring, Luciano wrote five successful books on his experiences as an ump and worked for two seasons as Merle Harmon's broadcast partner on NBC's secondary Game of the Week telecasts. It came as a great surprise to many baseball fans when the seemingly happy-go-lucky Luciano, suffering from depression, took his own life in 1995 at the age of 57.
Tags: Ron  Luciano  umpire  baseball 
Added: 6th November 2013
Views: 1320
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Posted By: Lava1964

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