Posts Tagged ‘retires’

Shaquille O’Neal will go down as one of the great immovable forces to ever play in the NBA. Obviously it starts with his sheer size. He was 7’ 1“ and weighed somewhere over 325 pounds. He was a self-made cultural phenomenon: an athlete, entertainer and businessman. He learned early on how to market and present himself.

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Like most premier athletes, Lance Armstrong, wanted to win, and he did so spectacularly. Yes, there are doubts, but honestly, I‘m not as troubled by that as I am with those who choose to selectively persecute and judge some suspected performance enhancing drug users, while giving those they like such as Armstrong a virtual pass.

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John Madden transcended football, the sport he coached and later covered.  There has never been a sports announcer quite like him.   He was an American sports original.  Madden never talked over our heads.  He would hit us at eye level with small, punchy syntax challenged word pictures and  insights.  He said it, we got […]

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