Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

The taunts were vicious, cruel and unjust. Ali called him a gorilla, and an Uncle Tom, and most of us foolishly just laughed, saying nothing in Joe’s defense. Not once calling Ali on the heartlessness of it. And in the meantime, Joe Frazier never really got over it. It’s a pain he surely has taken to his grave.

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For me, sporting events are not always about the athletes on the field, the court or the track. Sports are not always about the great coaches barking commands to their players. Most often , my fondest memories and thrills have come from simply appreciating the pageantry and spectacle that accompanies the games and events, and enjoying the special voices that made those sports come to life. One such person was Tom Carnegie. He is best known as the legendary voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His booming bass over the Speedway public address system, never failed to convey both the majesty and the dangers of seeking speed at the world’s most famous race track.

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After nearly a week of speculation it is now official.   Police have determined that former Tennessee Titans star, Steve McNair, was shot and killed in his sleep by his girlfriend, who then turned the gun on herself.  Murder-suicide.   Why did she kill McNair and herself?  The Nashville police chief said that an investigation into a […]

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Gene Upshaw Remembered

Posted: 23rd August 2008 by David Burnett in Character, Death, NFL, NFL Player's Union, Unions
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The sports world lost a true giant this week with the death of Gene Upshaw. The 63 year old Upshaw died suddenly from pancreatic cancer. He only learned he had one of the most devastating forms of cancer this past Sunday. Gene Upshaw helped shape the current NFL both as a Hall of Fame offensive […]

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