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Title: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 18, 2017, 12:58:39 PM
Not that I want to see a lot of obits, but I thought it may be appropriate for us to have a thread for men and women involved with sports or college football that have met their maker.

The greatest heel the world of wrestling has ever known died yesterday, Bobby the Brain Heenan. 

I'll admit it, as a kid, I actually hated this man.  The master of the insult, my own personal favorite was calling the common man a 'ham and egger'.  Apparently the Brain never made it past 8th grade.  I learned he was introduced into the world of wrestling here in Indy, working with Dick the Bruiser, and others during the early mid 70s.  He hawked whatever merch he could and was dubbed the Brain early on, because he knew all about the wrestling business at a fairly early age.  He was also called the Weasel which was a good game too.  RIP.

Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: nuwildcat on September 18, 2017, 03:38:16 PM
Not that I want to see a lot of obits, but I thought it may be appropriate for us to have a thread for men and women involved with sports or college football that have met their maker.

The greatest heel the world of wrestling has ever known died yesterday, Bobby the Brain Heenan.  

I'll admit it, as a kid, I actually hated this man.  The master of the insult, my own personal favorite was calling the common man a 'ham and egger'.  Apparently the Brain never made it past 8th grade.  I learned he was introduced into the world of wrestling here in Indy, working with Dick the Bruiser, and others during the early mid 70s.  He hawked whatever merch he could and was dubbed the Brain early on, because he knew all about the wrestling business at a fairly early age.  He was also called the Weasel which was a good game too.  RIP.


I loved the PG-era of the WWF (later WWE) and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan made for a great heel during it / R.I.P.

IMO he probably managed the most impressive roster at the time
- Hercules, King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, Paul Orndorff, etc.

In terms of un-likability, perhaps Jimmy 'Mouth of the South' Hart was his only rival

Seriously, though, I was addicted to that stuff back in the day
- when Saturday Night's Main Event bumped SNL every 6 weeks or so, I'd lose my damn mind! :86:
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: iahawk15 on September 30, 2017, 11:50:53 AM
I'm seeing that Joe Tiller has passed away. Condolences Purdue football family.
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 30, 2017, 11:55:20 AM
Tiller passed?Great coach,God Speed
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 30, 2017, 12:55:50 PM
Fitting my Dad (in Wyoming) texted me this.   Joe Tiller died at his home in Buffalo, WY.   Always seemed like a good man.  RIP.
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 30, 2017, 07:46:20 PM
Monty hall has died. 
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Post by: ELA on September 30, 2017, 08:41:17 PM
Here's my Joe Tiller story...

I had a field pass for the UM-Purdue game in 2003ish. It was a big game, I think both were top 15. UM killed them, like 35-3. You exit the field through the tunnel after the players. The visitor locker is right there (oddly Purdue didn't complain about UMs) and Tiller was just giving it to his team. People had stopped and were staring through the open door.

Tiller noticed and just screamed "shut that f***ing door unless you want to get some of this too!
"
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 30, 2017, 09:40:05 PM
That's a great story.   Hilarious.   Miserable visiting locker room stories would be a good thread/story.   In addition to the locker rooms, the makeshift media areas at some of these stadiums for road teams is also quite....strange.

I remember a Missouri fan nosing his way into the TO post game interview in the media area at Mizzou (after the kicked ball in '97) and he's standing on this 'box' and screaming and cussing at Osborne from about 8 feet above him.  For some reason this open space had fans passing nearby.   Osborne just stared at him with his head tilted, lips pursed.   A&M post game media room was basically the lobby area of a class building.   KSU hoops visiting media room is a auxiliary equipment/broom closet, seriously.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: betarhoalphadelta on October 01, 2017, 08:12:16 PM
I might not have become a college football fan without Joe Tiller. I wasn't a college football fan coming to Purdue, which you might expect since I was a freshman in 1996 and we sucked. I came for an engineering degree.

I didn't attend a game in 1996. I went to a fraternity rush event where we watched while Purdue was destroyed 35-0 by Notre Dame. I heard about Purdue beating Michigan at home 9-6 and the fans pulling the uprights and throwing them in the Wabash River, but wasn't there.

But in 1997 I joined a [different] fraternity. We had tickets. I was in the stands for the win over Notre Dame. I rushed the field after that game. We didn't get the goalposts down (the AD learned their lesson and reinforced them), but Joe Tiller had made Purdue football exciting. 

There were some issues as Tiller got to the later stages of his Purdue career, especially after Jim Cheney moved on and the offense got stale [against better competition]. But Joe Tiller revived a program that was in desperate need of excitement, and he provided that. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on October 01, 2017, 08:20:33 PM
Tiller brought his CFL offense to Purdue, with roaring success. 

He was able to somehow convince a lot of TX recruits to play in W Lafayette, where his gimmicky offenses ran roughshod over the Big Ten for years.  
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: betarhoalphadelta on October 01, 2017, 08:25:59 PM
Tiller brought his CFL offense to Purdue, with roaring success.

He was able to somehow convince a lot of TX recruits to play in W Lafayette, where his gimmicky offenses ran roughshod over the Big Ten for years.  
Gimmicky offense? Yeah, just because the B1G had never seen the spread, it's a gimmick. Okay then...
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on October 01, 2017, 08:33:16 PM
Good point. 

Amend to: 

*Gimmicky by Big Ten standards. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: BMF on October 01, 2017, 10:50:06 PM
R.I.P. Joe Tiller.  You revolutionized the B1G passing game, made Purdue relevant again, took us to our second Rose Bowl, gave us a shot to win every game, kept us entertained with your dry wit, and had one heluva c@ckbroom on your upper lip.  You are missed.  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 02, 2017, 03:52:03 PM
Just saw this on another board,hope he been resuscitated


Rocker Tom Petty has been pulled off life support after being rushed to the hospital Sunday in cardiac arrest, TMZ reports (http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/02/tom-petty-found-unconscious-full-cardiac-arrest/).
The “Free Fallin’” singer, 66, was reportedly found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he "had no brain activity."
His condition is currently unclear, but the outlet reports that Petty has been critical since Sunday night.
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Post by: grillrat on October 02, 2017, 04:13:51 PM
Officially just declared dead.

Gonna have to update my playlist tonight and reminisce.
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Post by: ELA on October 02, 2017, 04:22:10 PM
Reporting he has died.

This one hurts
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Post by: MrNubbz on October 02, 2017, 04:39:19 PM
did some fine work with the Traveling Wibury's & Stevie Nicks amongst others 
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Post by: Drew4UTk on October 02, 2017, 04:41:03 PM
I really liked tom petty.  Damn. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 02, 2017, 04:45:37 PM
Damn the Torpedoes is definitely a top 10 all time album for me
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on October 02, 2017, 05:05:44 PM
Reporting he has died.

This one hurts
Now they are reporting that he is still alive. 
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Post by: 847badgerfan on October 02, 2017, 05:11:17 PM
Now they are reporting that he is still alive.
Lots of conflicting info out there.

I respect what he accomplished. I just never liked his voice.

And then him and Dylan got together.. and neither could sing. :smiley_confused1:
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Post by: MrNubbz on October 02, 2017, 05:19:33 PM
Neither can Geddy Lee  :57:
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 02, 2017, 05:22:33 PM
I've never been a huge concert guy.  My dad was, and said he's a top 5er.  Saw him for the last time (he thought) at the Palace about a decade ago and said he still had it.

A cook I worked with at a summer job said he worked a Tom Petty concert once, doing the food prep for the suites.  He said they got a special order to deliver back stage after the concert was over just for huge trays of crackers, cheese and cold cuts.  Went and delivered it back stage, and it was Tom's room.  Opened the door, and he said the second hand high he got was strong.  Just dropped off the trays and turned around, one of Petty's crew handed each of them two $100 bills on their way back out.
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Post by: FearlessF on October 02, 2017, 05:59:10 PM
so that's why the radio was playing Tom Petty on the way home after work

one of my all-time favorites
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on October 02, 2017, 10:04:44 PM
Gainesville guy.  Never seemed to be considered with the very top musicians, but when you stop and think about it, you know as many of his songs as you do anyone else.  Wrote songs you could sing along with the very first time you heard them.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: DevilFroggy on October 03, 2017, 10:06:33 AM
I’d definitely put Petty in my all time greatest list. Dude has TONS of songs I don’t just like but downright love. Sad to hear he’s gone.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 03, 2017, 10:44:21 AM
I’d definitely put Petty in my all time greatest list. Dude has TONS of songs I don’t just like but downright love. Sad to hear he’s gone.
He's on my "Greatest Hits" list with bands like Queen where his 15 track "Best of" can match up with anyone, but aside from Damn the Torpedoes (which is awesome) I don't think he has an album I listen to start to finish. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: DevilFroggy on October 03, 2017, 11:15:35 AM
He's on my "Greatest Hits" list with bands like Queen where his 15 track "Best of" can match up with anyone, but aside from Damn the Torpedoes (which is awesome) I don't think he has an album I listen to start to finish.
I can listen to Full Moon Fever start to finish 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on November 20, 2017, 11:41:30 AM
Terry Glenn (WR-tOSU) has died in a car accident.  He was 43.  RIP.
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on November 20, 2017, 03:41:42 PM
Yeah, local guy out of Columbus Brookhaven HS that walked on at OSU, and parlayed his opportunity into a Biletnikoff award, and was a top ten draft pick.

Still holds the school record for TD receptions in a season.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPGdDJ1XcAAnxEQ.jpg)
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Post by: MrNubbz on November 20, 2017, 06:01:11 PM
Just heard on PTI Glenn caught the 1st TD pass thrown by Tom Brady in the NFL
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Post by: MarqHusker on November 30, 2017, 01:14:34 PM
RIP Jim Nabors.   Just an overall great character, whether as Gomer Pyle or any of his other roles, and adored here in Indiana for signing 'Back Home Again...' before the Indy 500 for 30+ years.   He's not even from Indiana. 
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Post by: PSUinNC on November 30, 2017, 01:27:15 PM
RIP Jim Nabors.   Just an overall great character, whether as Gomer Pyle or any of his other roles, and adored here in Indiana for signing 'Back Home Again...' before the Indy 500 for 30+ years.   He's not even from Indiana.  
Wow really, he's not from Indiana?  I guess I just assumed he was!
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on November 30, 2017, 01:31:00 PM
Born in Alabama, alum of U of Alabama, lived mostly in SoCal/Hawaii in later life.  I'm guessing his connection with Florence Henderson (a Hooiser) who also sang before the Indy 500 may explain how Nabors started singing in the early 70s.
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Post by: grillrat on November 30, 2017, 02:21:26 PM
Longtime beat writer Jeff Washburn, the man who covered Purdue Sports for the Journal and Courier for many many years, passed away on Wednesday.

A good write up in the Indy Star:

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2017/11/29/jeff-washburn-told-stories-and-made-deadline-end/907892001/

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Post by: MarqHusker on December 22, 2017, 01:23:57 AM
RIP Dick Enberg.   Helluva broadcaster, great range in several sports.   A CMU and IU alum.  I met him at Al McGuire's funeral of all places.  He later did a one man play, about McGuire for several years, his longtime friend and broadcast partner.  I still associate him w Tennis, the Rose Bowl w Merlin Olsen and the Angels, and Padres.  I know he did UCLA hoops pbp during the Wooden era.
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Post by: rolltidefan on December 22, 2017, 09:42:43 AM
former psu ot adam gress passed away after an accident at his job. was a construction site manager and had some kind of fall in which he hit his head. was 27.
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 15, 2018, 05:17:45 PM
Dolores O'Riordan, former lead singer the Cranberries died today at 46.  Rough stretch for 90s rock personalities.  I always thought her voice was much better than the band ahe played in.   One of many females lead vocalists that I've dug over the years.
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on January 15, 2018, 05:25:46 PM
Dolores O'Riordan, former lead singer the Cranberries died today at 46.  Rough stretch for 90s rock personalities.  I always thought her voice was much better than the band ahe played in.   One of many females lead vocalists that I've dug over the years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dctPlixNRdc
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Post by: SFBadger96 on January 17, 2018, 02:00:01 PM
Wow, Brutus. That's some bittersweet irony there. Thanks, truly.
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Post by: Hawkinole on January 18, 2018, 01:35:12 AM
R.I.P. Joe Tiller.  You revolutionized the B1G passing game, made Purdue relevant again, took us to our second Rose Bowl, gave us a shot to win every game, kept us entertained with your dry wit, and had one heluva c@ckbroom on your upper lip.  You are missed.  :'( :'( :'(
Len Dawson revolutionized the Big Ten passing game, and Purdue has been the leader in this department for probably most of the years, since then.

Try:
Len Dawson
Bob Griese
Mike Phipps
Gary Danielson
Mark Herrmann
Jim Everett
Kyle Orton
Drew Brees
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 31, 2018, 02:06:04 PM
One of those baseball players from my youth, the kind you never forget, despite a thoroughly unremarkable career has died.    The man with professional sports' greatest hairdos,  RIP Oscar Gamble.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fb/47/c4/fb47c4c79dba5d38cb0d29ca7224aaa0.jpg)
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Post by: 847badgerfan on January 31, 2018, 03:19:24 PM
One of those baseball players from my youth, the kind you never forget, despite a thoroughly unremarkable career has died.    The man with professional sports' greatest hairdos,  RIP Oscar Gamble.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fb/47/c4/fb47c4c79dba5d38cb0d29ca7224aaa0.jpg)
OG was one of my favorite players from the South Side Hit Men. Do you remember the "Sox Supporters" from the LF bleachers?

After that season they traded Oscar Gamble and Ritchie Zisk and picked up Bobby Bonds.

Anyway, the supporters came up with a sign for 1978 that said:

WE TOOK A GAMBLE TO GET RICH, BUT NOW WE'RE PUTTING OUR MONEY IN BONDS

I'll never forget that (obviously).
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 31, 2018, 03:47:30 PM
Leave Don Money out of this!

Seriously, that was good trade for the Sox when picked him up (and L. Hoyt) for Bucky F'ing Dent.
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Post by: 847badgerfan on January 31, 2018, 04:10:27 PM
Heh. Old man MH rockin' it!!
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 31, 2018, 05:08:57 PM
Heh. Old man MH rockin' it!!
41 YOA, the new 65.
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Post by: 847badgerfan on January 31, 2018, 07:37:19 PM
Shit. I guess that makes me 75.
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Post by: MrNubbz on February 05, 2018, 08:33:29 PM
RIP Jim Stillwagon - In his time with Ohio State, Stillwagon was a three-year starter and helped the Buckeyes go undefeated in their 1968 National Championship-winning season. In addition, the defensive tackle was a consensus All-American selection in both his junior and senior seasons

 .In 1970, Stillwagon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy; he was the first to win both in the same year.
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Post by: Hawkinole on February 05, 2018, 11:21:14 PM
RIP Jim Stillwagon - In his time with Ohio State, Stillwagon was a three-year starter and helped the Buckeyes go undefeated in their 1968 National Championship-winning season. In addition, the defensive tackle was a consensus All-American selection in both his junior and senior seasons

.In 1970, Stillwagon won the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy; he was the first to win both in the same year.
Your post makes me feel like I am getting closer to home. I am just 3-blocks from the cemetery. One of these days I'll have to buy me some new digs.
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 14, 2018, 11:32:23 AM
RIP Art Bell.  I will now have the theme to 'Coast to Coast AM' in my head all day.   He was certainly one of a kind. I like how the headliners are taking liberties with this:  "Art Bell's cause of death is unclear",  or "Art Bell dies on Friday the 13th."     I think the chupacabra got him.
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on April 15, 2018, 11:33:59 AM
RIP Art Bell.  I will now have the theme to 'Coast to Coast AM' in my head all day.   He was certainly one of a kind. I like how the headliners are taking liberties with this:  "Art Bell's cause of death is unclear",  or "Art Bell dies on Friday the 13th."     I think the chupacabra got him.
As a kid one of the backsteps I always had was my radio. On sleep shortened, late enough nights it was Coast To Coast and Bell's voice that kept me company while opening quite an underground world. I still remember peculiar episodes about missing time, traveling to the center of the earth, the Mothman, and Stanley Kubrick's theorized involvement in the moon landings. And his episodes in the post Sept 11th attacks were gold.
Credit him for the mainstream momentum behind X Files, Ancient Aliens, etc.
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 15, 2018, 03:56:57 PM
His show was perfect to discover in the 90s (as a teen).  The bumper music, his tone, the callers and guests.  It was entertaining/enlightening, whether you treated it totally above board, or a total display of paranoia.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 15, 2018, 11:57:52 PM
Because of Art Bell I found out my mom was raised by Yetis',my dad was a reincarnated New Jersey Devil and I found this out during my near death experience
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Post by: Cincydawg on April 16, 2018, 05:43:54 AM
R. Lee Ermey, The Gunny.

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Post by: MarqHusker on April 16, 2018, 09:00:20 PM
Harry Anderson.   Not really sure if Night Court has aged well or not, haven't really seen it in awhile.
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Post by: Cincydawg on April 17, 2018, 07:38:10 AM
I dimly recall an old not very good joke about an older guy's morning routine:

"Each morning, I read the obituaries.  If I'm not in'em, I get up and go about my day.".

Young folks don't pay much attention to such things.

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Post by: ELA on April 17, 2018, 02:39:18 PM
Harry Anderson.   Not really sure if Night Court has aged well or not, haven't really seen it in awhile.
It's odd, it ran for quite a while, but you never see it in syndication.
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Post by: grillrat on April 17, 2018, 03:15:32 PM
While there are certainly plenty of episodes of Night Court that are still just as funny today, there is a lot that has not aged well.  The character Dan Fielding would have been fired twenty times over for sexual harassment, racial stereotypes run abound, and most of the quirky court cases that had to be dealt with that were supposed to be so outlandish as to be unbelievable, just don't seem as far fetched anymore considering the world we live in today.

With that said, I loved Harry Anderson, including his stand up routines and some of his magic acts.  It's kinda a shame that he really disappeared from the limelight about 20 years ago and hasn't done much since.  He was fantastically funny and generally appeared to be very good natured.

RIP Harry.  I'll throw on some Mel Torme tonight in your honor.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 17, 2018, 04:04:17 PM
Night Court was a great show,Dan Larroquette was funny in his role.While looking up harry Anderson I saw that the guy who started Burger king passed away.

David R. Edgerton, who helped start what became the world’s second-largest hamburger chain, Burger King, but then agreed to sell the company for what proved to be a bargain price just as the industry was about to take off, died on April 3 in Miami. He was 90.

Still get the taste for them occasionally 
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Post by: FearlessF on April 17, 2018, 04:18:53 PM
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 17, 2018, 09:30:09 PM
The Silver Fox has passed. One of the greatest First Ladies this country has known.

RIP Barbara.
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 17, 2018, 11:33:09 PM
I have a picture of her, and HW, with my family when I'm about 14 yrs old, in my office.  My Dad spent a lot of time w her while he was a USSS agent.   Wonderful woman.
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 18, 2018, 06:32:19 AM
I never knew you're pappy was a USSS agent. That's pretty cool stuff.
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Post by: medinabuckeye1 on April 18, 2018, 10:11:01 AM
It's odd, it ran for quite a while, but you never see it in syndication.
I'm a cord-cutter and it is on over-the-air on the HD side-channels.  I don't watch it often, but I do watch it once in a while.  
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Post by: ELA on April 18, 2018, 11:18:58 AM
One of the legends of pre-Wrestlemania pro wrestling, Bruno Sammartino, passes away at 82.  I believe he still holds the record for longest (now WWE) title reign at nearly 8 years from 1963-1971.
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 18, 2018, 11:43:34 AM
Wow, I would've bet he was already dead.  82.  wow.
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Post by: ELA on April 18, 2018, 12:23:35 PM
Wow, I would've bet he was already dead.  82.  wow.

He was fairly active here in Pittsburgh, and would pop up in a story every now and then, which was the only reason I knew he wasn't.
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Post by: FearlessF on April 19, 2018, 11:01:46 AM
One of the legends of pre-Wrestlemania pro wrestling, Bruno Sammartino, passes away at 82.  I believe he still holds the record for longest (now WWE) title reign at nearly 8 years from 1963-1971.
In Honor of Bruno's Passing (https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+crusher+and+bruno&view=detail&mid=A60FA688AA2415516475A60FA688AA2415516475&FORM=VIRE)
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Post by: ELA on April 20, 2018, 07:51:40 AM
RIP Earle Bruce
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Post by: MaximumSam on April 20, 2018, 09:06:37 AM
RIP Earle Bruce
A little before my time (I was 8 when he was fired from OSU), but man did he set up OSU for my time, having hired both Tress and Urbs to his coaching staff.  Urban has always been a very vocal Earl Bruce guy.
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on April 20, 2018, 09:16:59 AM
A little before my time (I was 8 when he was fired from OSU), but man did he set up OSU for my time, having hired both Tress and Urbs to his coaching staff.  Urban has always been a very vocal Earl Bruce guy.
You and I are exactly the same age.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbObVYQW4AAc5ny.jpg)
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 20, 2018, 09:19:04 AM
His departure from Colo St. Which a big deal at the time, would be such a bigger story in this era.  His press conference was quite a scene.

Rip.
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on April 20, 2018, 09:56:46 AM

His last game as Buckeye coach was an upset of the Wolverines, after which he was carried off the field by his players. 

(https://www.cfb51.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chroniclet.com%2Fimage%2F2018%2F04%2F20%2Fx600_q65%2FEarle-Bruce.jpg&hash=04f4e103a4541e619aa036b62ac316af)
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Post by: FearlessF on April 20, 2018, 10:01:25 AM
Earle's Cyclones upset the #9 Huskers in 76 & 77

fine coach

(https://cyclonesidebar.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/1978-isu-coaching-staff-photo.jpg)
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 20, 2018, 12:43:05 PM
A little before my time (I was 8 when he was fired from OSU), but man did he set up OSU for my time, having hired both Tress and Urbs to his coaching staff.  Urban has always been a very vocal Earl Bruce guy.
RIP Earle - Pete Carrol was on his staff also,he knew how to pick them
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Post by: MrNubbz on June 05, 2018, 03:08:47 PM
RIP Dwight Clark dies at 61 of A.L.S.
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Post by: Kris61 on June 05, 2018, 03:49:00 PM
Clark’s catch is still one of the most iconic plays in NFL history.  OAM was asking in another thread about earliest bowl memories. One of my earliest sports memories is that Championship Sunday in January of 1982.  The Bengals beat the Chargers in “The Freezer Bowl” in the early game and then the 49ers and Cowboys played their instant classic in the nightcap.  

ALS is a horrible disease but Dwight Clark will forever be the guy making the fingertip catch in the back of the end zone in Candlestick Park to me.
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on June 05, 2018, 05:08:06 PM
Wasn't yet born when that final play happened, but growing up and playing football with the neighbor's kids, Clark's "The Catch" was always the plassing play we tried to emulate in our backyards.
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Post by: medinabuckeye1 on June 05, 2018, 09:36:22 PM
You and I are exactly the same age.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbObVYQW4AAc5ny.jpg)
Damn kids.
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Post by: FearlessF on June 05, 2018, 10:27:11 PM
from the date on the Iowa sideline pass in that pic, I'm the same age as the players standing behind Earle
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Post by: MrNubbz on June 05, 2018, 10:39:58 PM
So you wore a leather helmet and rode in trains and had a grandfather who fought in the Indian Wars.......me too
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Post by: FearlessF on June 05, 2018, 10:56:55 PM
 “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”
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Post by: utee94 on June 08, 2018, 01:32:50 PM
Not sports related, but Anthony Bourdain has passed today, apparently of suicide.  Once again I hope something like this helps shed some light on mental illness in our country.

RIP
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on June 08, 2018, 02:03:23 PM
Not sports related, but Anthony Bourdain has passed today, apparently of suicide.  Once again I hope something like this helps shed some light on mental illness in our country.

RIP
Was not news I wanted to wake up to this morning...
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Post by: MrNubbz on June 08, 2018, 06:38:14 PM
He'd be one of the last people you'd expect to end their lives.I remember a while back he said he was hooked on some heavy stuff back in the day.Wonder if that came into play.R.I.P. Anthony
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Post by: Hawkinole on June 09, 2018, 01:21:28 AM
Anthony Bourdain seemed to be living the life - world travel - drinks - food - meeting people all over the world - friends worldwide. But one's demons can come out late at night when a person is alone, and left to his own devices. When I did occasionally view his show, I thought to myself -- what a great life this guy has -- he is on top of the world -- yet he apparently did not think so, at least not when he was alone last night.

 I caught part of the special programming CNN gave to him tonight, and it was amazing the content both verbal and visual, they put together, with about 12-hours notice. It was clear his compatriots at CNN admired him.

I have a feeling a few people would say kind things about me when I am gone too; very few.
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on June 09, 2018, 10:09:13 AM
I can't imagine living a more notable day to day life than as an iconic fashion designer like Spade or going on a global food tour like Bourdain. Their suicides would be one thing if their fame had waned, because I don't think most realize how addictive fame is, nor how quickly it fades. Their names were strong brands, which goes to show you how, quite often, no matter how much success we achieve there's still the matter of keeping our internal well being afloat.
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Post by: MrNubbz on June 10, 2018, 01:17:54 PM
*https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1999/04/19/dont-eat-before-reading-this*

Here's the article that Bourdain attributed to getting it all started.He had his own unique writing style.Insightful,engaging,clever & truthful
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on June 23, 2018, 11:59:38 AM
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul passed away at 54. 

He was the brother of their guitarist that was gunned down on stage in Columbus about 15 years ago. 
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Post by: ELA on June 23, 2018, 12:47:05 PM
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul passed away at 54.

He was the brother of their guitarist that was gunned down on stage in Columbus about 15 years ago.
Dimebag Darrell is an all time great nickname
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Post by: ELA on July 11, 2018, 05:01:30 PM
Darryl Rogers dies at 83.

Was an ok coach at MSU, peaking with a co-Big Ten title in 1978, finishing #12 in the polls.  After a 1-3 start, MSU won 7 in a row, including a road win at Michigan, who they shared the conference title with.  MSU had a TV/bowl ban due to recruiting violations under previous coach Denny Stolz, so all in all it is one of the forgotten good MSU teams.  They had the conference's best passing attack, with Kirk Gibson at WR.  Instead MSU's Rose Bowl drought extended until 1987, and UM went in 1979 in their place.  That game gave us the Charles White Phantom Touchdown, in USC's 17-10 win.  The Trojans had also beaten MSU earlier in the year, in LA.

After the 1979 season, AD Joe Kearney took the Arizona State AD job, and took his head football coach with him.  Rogers returned to Michigan a few years later to coach the Lions, after taking Arizona State to a Fiesta Bowl, and a #6 national ranking, before giving way to John Cooper, who two years later won Arizona State's lone Rose Bowl with Rogers' players as uperclassmen.
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Post by: Huskerfan_12 on July 11, 2018, 08:25:45 PM
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul passed away at 54.

He was the brother of their guitarist that was gunned down on stage in Columbus about 15 years ago.
I met him at a Mcdonalds in Aurora, NE. I'm not one for getting Autographs or acting like a little girl at a boy band concert but I grab my wife's arm and loudly proclaimed. "That's Vinnie Paul, Vinnie F@$#ing Paul!!!"
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Post by: DevilFroggy on July 12, 2018, 12:48:59 PM
Darryl Rogers dies at 83.

Was an ok coach at MSU, peaking with a co-Big Ten title in 1978, finishing #12 in the polls.  After a 1-3 start, MSU won 7 in a row, including a road win at Michigan, who they shared the conference title with.  MSU had a TV/bowl ban due to recruiting violations under previous coach Denny Stolz, so all in all it is one of the forgotten good MSU teams.  They had the conference's best passing attack, with Kirk Gibson at WR.  Instead MSU's Rose Bowl drought extended until 1987, and UM went in 1979 in their place.  That game gave us the Charles White Phantom Touchdown, in USC's 17-10 win.  The Trojans had also beaten MSU earlier in the year, in LA.

After the 1979 season, AD Joe Kearney took the Arizona State AD job, and took his head football coach with him.  Rogers returned to Michigan a few years later to coach the Lions, after taking Arizona State to a Fiesta Bowl, and a #6 national ranking, before giving way to John Cooper, who two years later won Arizona State's lone Rose Bowl with Rogers' players as uperclassmen.

Rogers recruited some damn solid NFL talent to ASU like Eric Allen and Randal McDaniel, among others.
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 17, 2018, 03:41:38 PM
From Eleven Warriors
Former Ohio State defensive end and All-Big Ten player Mike Kudla passed away unexpectedly Sunday at the age of 34.

Kudla, who played for the Buckeyes from 2002-2005, won a national championship as a freshman with Ohio State and went on to become one of the strongest players ever to play in Columbus. He still holds the OSU football record for max bench press at 610 pounds and at one time, held the NFL Combine record for most reps.


In 2003, Kudla was read his last rites after being diagnosed with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, a rare illness that causes high fever and severe eye damage. Kudla lost nearly 50 pounds before beating the illness and returning to Columbus for his sophomore season.

Kudla was named first-team All-Big Ten and Ohio State's most valuable player on defense in 2005. In his final college game, he set a Fiesta Bowl record with three sacks to help the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame. He finished his college career with 91 tackles and 14.5 sacks.



Too soon,RIP,Mike
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 22, 2018, 01:50:37 PM
Tony Sparano has died. 
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 29, 2018, 03:10:33 PM
Rip Nikolai volkoff .  Great all time heel, commanding silence so he could sing the Soviet anthem .   I guess two other wrestlers died too.  Unrelated . Brian Christopher and Brickhouse Brown.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on July 29, 2018, 05:03:10 PM
As the NFL battles with CTE and all that, at least it's getting a real look as a perceived 'legitimate' sport.  I know in the past 10 years or so, pro wrestlers have dropped like flies.  I'm afraid since it's "staged," it won't get the genuine look it should, in terms of health, damage, and fallout.
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Post by: ELA on July 30, 2018, 08:41:38 AM
Rip Nikolai volkoff .  Great all time heel, commanding silence so he could sing the Soviet anthem .   I guess two other wrestlers died too.  Unrelated . Brian Christopher and Brickhouse Brown.
IIRC he was Jerry Lawler's son
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Post by: MarqHusker on August 13, 2018, 12:33:59 PM
Jim the Anvil died.  Brett is the last surviving wrestler from the Hart Foundation I believe.
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Post by: ELA on August 13, 2018, 01:05:08 PM
Jim the Anvil died.  Brett is the last surviving wrestler from the Hart Foundation I believe.
Yeah, Owen, Pillman and Bulldog are all dead.  I want to say there was a 3rd Hart brother to Owen and Brett that was part of it back in the 80s, but never rose to the same level.  No clue if he's alive or not.
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Post by: fezzador on August 13, 2018, 01:14:51 PM
Yeah, Owen, Pillman and Bulldog are all dead.  I want to say there was a 3rd Hart brother to Owen and Brett that was part of it back in the 80s, but never rose to the same level.  No clue if he's alive or not.
Smith Hart passed away a couple of years ago I believe.
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Post by: DevilFroggy on August 13, 2018, 01:36:54 PM
There was a pretty good 30 for 30 short about a family of professional wrestlers, a father and like 4 of his sons, that where pretty big in one of the regional circuits (Texas I believe, before the WWF/WWE was a massive juggernaut) and how all but one of the brothers committed suicide at some point. 
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Post by: 847badgerfan on August 13, 2018, 02:07:12 PM
RIP Stan Mikita. Truly an all-timer and an even better man.
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Post by: ELA on August 13, 2018, 02:17:08 PM
Smith Hart passed away a couple of years ago I believe.
Jesus, there were apparently 8 brothers?  Yeah, Smith died last year.  Ross was the one I was thinking of.  Appeared on and off through the 80s, not always under the Hart name.  There was also Keith and Bruce.  Bruce had a limited WWF run too.  Keith and the 8th brother didn't.
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Post by: grillrat on August 16, 2018, 11:23:40 AM
Raise your glasses to the Queen of Soul.  Rest in Peace Aretha
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 06, 2018, 09:08:59 PM
Burt Reynolds, prolific actor (175+ movies) and one time college football QB (FSU) and pals of Lee Corso, has died.

Has an actor been so famous and appeared in so many lousy movies?  Carson/SNL really made him   Yes, he has some ringers (Boogie Nights, Deliverance, Smokey..) but phew, a lot of low grade junk.
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 07, 2018, 12:45:19 PM
The Longest Yard
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on September 08, 2018, 09:54:56 AM

Has an actor been so famous and appeared in so many lousy movies?  Carson/SNL really made him   Yes, he has some ringers (Boogie Nights, Deliverance, Smokey..) but phew, a lot of low grade junk.
My first thought was yes, Adam Sandler, but either way, a fantastic question. Even Reynolds’ memorable movies like Deliverance and Boogie nights come with a sort’ve odd embarrassment I wouldn’t want the association of. Smokey is probably his hallmark but even that won’t be appreciated outside the sweet tea drinking South. His last two decades definitely had a famous-for-being-famous quality.
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on September 08, 2018, 02:19:38 PM
My first thought was yes, Adam Sandler, but either way, a fantastic question. Even Reynolds’ memorable movies like Deliverance and Boogie nights come with a sort’ve odd embarrassment I wouldn’t want the association of. Smokey is probably his hallmark but even that won’t be appreciated outside the sweet tea drinking South. His last two decades definitely had a famous-for-being-famous quality.
Yeah, but Adam Sandler is a comedian. And not a "cerebral" comedian. A funny character, crazy voice, physical humor comedian. I'm not sure he ever did stand up, or would survive at it. He was much more suited to sketch comedy and turned some "sketch" characters into actual movies. So stupid campy comedies are exactly what you expect from him.
And here I am thinking back to NUWildcat... Much like myself, a strong fan of stand up. 
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Post by: MaximumSam on September 08, 2018, 03:27:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Kfjw3_JXo
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Post by: FearlessF on September 18, 2018, 11:10:07 AM
A 22-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, the 2018 Big 12 champion and the school's female athlete of the year.

Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found dead Monday at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Ames police on Monday night announced that Collin Daniel Richards has been charged following an investigation by several law enforcement agencies. Bond was set at $5 million.

Officers were called to Coldwater Golf Course on Monday morning after golfers had located a golf bag with no one around it. Officers located Barquin Arozamena's body "some distance away" and determined she had been assaulted. A cause of death has not been determined.

According to a Ames police news release, Richards has no known address.

A native of Spain, Barquin Arozamena finished her eligibility this spring but remained in school to complete her civil engineering degree in the fall semester.

"This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete," Iowa State University president Dr. Wendy Wintersteen said in a prepared statement. "We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her. On behalf of the entire Cyclone family, I extend our deep condolences to Celia's family and her many friends and teammates at Iowa State. We are deeply saddened."

Barquin Arozamena won the Big 12 championship by three strokes in April. She was a three-time all-conference selection, earned first-team All-Big 12 academic honors three times and qualified for NCAA regionals in all four years she competed.

"We are all devastated," Iowa State women's golf coach Christie Martens said in a prepared statement. "Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."
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Post by: Benthere2 on September 20, 2018, 05:45:14 PM
Just sad news 

Recently retired Gophers football player Nick Connelly dies at 22
Connelly retired from the football team last season after suffering a concussion. 
Connelly, who turned 22 on Monday, was diagnosed in June with Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, Heaven needed a right tackle and Nick Connelly got the call," Chuck Connelly's statement read. "… Nick was winning the battle through aggressive chemotherapy until the cancer became resistant to all chemo regimens. Nick was a beautiful big strong young athlete with a very kind heart and a great smile."

Connelly, a 6-7, 300-pound former Red Wing High School standout, started five games for the Gophers last year as a redshirt sophomore but retired from football because of concussions. His last game for the Gophers was Oct. 7 at Purdue during which he suffered the fifth concussion of his career.
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Post by: MarqHusker on October 04, 2018, 01:23:23 AM
CJ Fuller (Clemson RB 2015-17) has died at age 22.   Not a lot of details.    Really sad.
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Post by: MrNubbz on October 04, 2018, 07:32:18 AM
GodSpeed & RIP Celia,Nick & CJ
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Post by: Anonymous Coward on October 04, 2018, 08:11:41 AM
Guh. Sounds like it was during his ACL operation. I've read that a blood clot is implicated. His poor family.
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Post by: MrNubbz on October 04, 2018, 08:26:42 AM
Blood Clots,sheesh Friend of mine nearly passed away when he got them in/on his lungs.Quite painful and scary,he's a pretty good dude and not prone to complain but he said he thought the jig was up.22,too damn young,bless his family
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Post by: MarqHusker on October 04, 2018, 08:34:44 AM
My Dad suffered a stroke due to a clot the day following surgery to remove a kidney.  He was like, I think I had a stroke.   Wiped out his left side motor skills for awhile.
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Post by: Entropy on October 04, 2018, 08:41:56 AM
blood clots are scary... my dad battles them in his leg.  He doesn't complain much either, but he knows when he gets them. 
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Post by: Kris60 on October 04, 2018, 08:56:38 AM
There was a pretty good 30 for 30 short about a family of professional wrestlers, a father and like 4 of his sons, that where pretty big in one of the regional circuits (Texas I believe, before the WWF/WWE was a massive juggernaut) and how all but one of the brothers committed suicide at some point.
The Von Erich family. They were huge stars in Texas in the 80s.  I think there were 5 brothers. Mike, David, Kerry, Kevin, and Chris.  As far as I know Kevin is the only one left.  Hard to imagine one family suffering that much heartache.  
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Post by: Drew4UTk on October 04, 2018, 09:05:28 AM
The Von Erich family. They were huge stars in Texas in the 80s.  I think there were 5 brothers. Mike, David, Kerry, Kevin, and Chris.  As far as I know Kevin is the only one left.  Hard to imagine one family suffering that much heartache.  
depression is hereditary... not inconceivable all suffered... we often say "he died of cancer" or "a heart attack got her", but we rarely say "depression killed them" because they commit suicide.... just something to think about, maybe... i'm dang sure no doctor, but it makes sense to me... 
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Post by: MrNubbz on November 10, 2018, 03:52:03 PM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department is saddened to announce that former standout running back Ron Johnson passed away early this morning (Saturday, Nov. 10) following a long battle with Alzheimer's. Johnson was the first African-American football captain for the Wolverines, being selected by his teammates to lead the team during the 1968 season.
Johnson, an All-America halfback for the Wolverines in 1968, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
He still holds Michigan single-game records with 347 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Wisconsin on Nov. 16, 1968. Johnson rushed for 1,391 yards and 19 touchdowns during his All-America season; the 19 rushing TDs are still a single-season school record at U-M.

RIP RJ he was drafted no1 by the Browns played a season then traded to the Giants
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Post by: MarqHusker on December 05, 2018, 02:25:26 PM
Dynamite Kid is dead. 
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Post by: ELA on December 10, 2018, 11:34:25 AM
Former IU star Eric Anderson died at 48

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/fox59/2018/12/10/eric-anderson-who-played-indiana-university-1992-final-four-has-died-hoosiers/2262565002/

He was kind of an afterthought on that '92 Final 4 team with Cheaney and Bailey and Henderson, but he was really damn good.  In fact that team was really damn good, sort of forgotten in history due to the Laettner/Hurley-Fab 5 Final Four.
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 02, 2019, 04:00:45 PM
Mean Gene Okerlund died today.   What a legend.   One of the most recognizable faces in wrestling history.   He attended UNL for a few years in the journalism school.

RIP Super Dave Osborne as well.
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Post by: ELA on January 02, 2019, 04:04:38 PM
RIP Super Dave Osborne as well.
The scene in Curb when he insists on telling Jerry Seinfeld a joke is one of the best moments of that show
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on January 03, 2019, 01:58:49 PM
It was mentioned in the Bowl Games SOC thread, but probably deserves to be mentioned here. Tyler Trent passed away on NYD. 
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Post by: MarqHusker on February 07, 2019, 10:42:22 PM
Frank Robinson,  an inner circle HOFer died.  Great trivia he was the first black MLB manager and the first black NBA head coach attended the same high school as Robinson. That was Bill Russell and they were teammates.  Incredible numbers in a pitchers era.

I love the time when he managed the Expos and Bonds hit a towering pop up on the IF.  Infield Fly Rule was signaled.  Runner advanced home and to second at their own risk.   Expos players start arguing with umpire and Robinson hustles out waving and barking at his players to get back to their positions as they didn't understand the rule. Umpires were smirking. 
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Post by: MrNubbz on February 08, 2019, 08:37:57 AM
Growing up an Indians fan he gave us something to cheer about.In his 1st game as Player-Manager(1975) in the season opener in Cleveland in front of 74,000 fans he hit a home run vs the Yankees and the Tribe went on to win.Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland have all retired Robinson’s number and elected him to their franchise halls of fame. All three clubs have erected statues honoring Robinson’s legacy at their ballparks.R.I.P. Frank
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Post by: fezzador on February 08, 2019, 09:09:29 AM
In his prime, Frank Robinson was every bit as good as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle, but compared to those three, he seems way underappreciated.  A .290 lifetime average and 575+ career homers isn't the HOF guarantee today like it was a couple of generations ago, but folks tend to forget he played the bulk of his career in a very pitcher-friendly era.
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Post by: MarqHusker on March 05, 2019, 12:42:40 AM
Rip king Kong Bundy.   As well as Luke Perry and Keith Flint.
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Post by: Hawkinole on March 05, 2019, 12:48:28 AM
Damon Bullock, Hawkeyes RB, 2011-14 died March 3, 2018 in a car-pedestrian accident.
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Post by: MrNubbz on March 05, 2019, 10:26:49 AM
R.I.P. the Tornado victims in the South East.Hopefully the count stops at 23
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Post by: FearlessF on March 12, 2019, 10:40:18 AM
Concordia (St. Paul) assistant football coach Russell Gary, who played for Minneapolis Central High School, the University of Nebraska and eight years in the NFL, died Sunday, the school announced.

Gary, who graduated from Central in 1977, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 59.

“Coach Gary has been with CSP football since 2004, the past 15 seasons,” Concordia coach Shannon Currier wrote in an e-mail. “Coach Gary was a special man that brought instant credibility due to his personality, All-Pro status, and the love he shared with the CSP football family. Coach Gary was loved by so many!”

Gary lettered in basketball, football and track at Minneapolis Central. In basketball, he was recruited by several Division I schools, including Indiana. At Nebraska under legendary coach Tom Osborne, he lettered three years in football as a safety and was an All-Big Eight selection in 1980, and he was inducted in the Cornhuskers Hall of Fame in 2013.

In April 1981, Gary was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, the first player taken in the second round (29th overall). In 1983, he was named All-Pro by UPI. After being waived by the Saints in October 1986, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He retired after the 1987 season.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 12:01:23 PM
Forrest Gregg, who earned the nickname “Iron Man” for playing in a then-record 188 consecutive NFL games during his Hall of Fame career, died Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 85.
The former offensive lineman, who was a seven-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler, played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (https://www.cfb51.com/nfl/team/_/name/gb/green-bay-packers) and Dallas Cowboys (https://www.cfb51.com/nfl/team/_/name/dal/dallas-cowboys) from 1956 to 1971.
Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once called Gregg “the best player I ever coached.”

R.I.P. Forrest
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 12, 2019, 01:02:28 PM
I would've thought he was already dead.  He was SMU's post death penalty HC as well.
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 12, 2019, 01:26:26 PM
I wonder what Ditka's thinking.
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Post by: FearlessF on April 12, 2019, 01:43:29 PM
probably that Forrest wasn't as good as Larry Allen
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 02:06:28 PM
I wonder what Ditka's thinking.
Did Iron Mike and Forrest not see I2I?
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 02:09:21 PM
probably that Forrest wasn't as good as Larry Allen
Of course Forrest only got 5 Titles with the Pack and 1 in Dallas
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 12, 2019, 02:18:48 PM
Did Iron Mike and Forrest not see I2I?
Pure hatred. 
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 02:49:26 PM
Bears - Packers should have figured
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 12, 2019, 03:01:17 PM
It's more than that...



Mike Ditka: ‘To this day, I don’t respect’ Forrest Gregg
By Brad Biggs (https://nationalfootballpost.com/author/brad-biggs/)



Mike Ditka is at the heart of much of what makes the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers rivalry what it is.
As a player and coach for the Bears, he’s experienced a lot but he’s got no love whatsoever for former Packers great and coach Forrest Gregg. Ditka made that clear on “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio this week when talking about the colorful series that will be renewed Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
“(Ray) Nitschke tried to kill me,” (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/130445183.html) Ditka said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He tried to kill everybody. That’s the way he played. He was a great football player. You had to fight fire with fire. You had to try to kill him. Every once in awhile you would get a shot in and he’d really get mad. Man, he was tough. It’s just the way it was.”
He didn’t have as many glowing things to say about the rivalry when he was a coach during the 1980’s. Those games were marred by some ugly play at times. The worst incident happened in 1986 when Packers defensive lineman Charles Martin body slammed Bears quarterback Jim McMahon to the turf a full two seconds after he’d released a pass, resulting in a right shoulder injury.
“Unfortunately, that was the only bad time in the history of the rivalry, when it got to be ugly,” Ditka said. “And it was ugly. You can’t try to hurt people and they tried to hurt some of our guys. (Running back) Matt Suhey is lucky he didn’t get hurt badly. And when McMahon was picked up by Charles Martin and thrown down, he was lucky he wasn’t hurt very badly.
“These things were after the play, after the fact. So either you are coaching that or your players are stupid. That’s what I’m going to say. In this case I believe they were coached. That’s why I never got along with Forrest Gregg. To this day I don’t respect him for that reason. . . . When the play is over and you pick somebody up and slam them on the ground. ‘Oh, big deal’ (Martin says). I’m a tough guy.’ You’re not a tough guy. You’re a dumb guy.”


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That was pretty much the end For McMahon too. F Forrest Gregg.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 03:06:43 PM
I remember watching that game,definitely cheap.Wonder what Gregg said to Martin afterward
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 12, 2019, 03:08:15 PM
I remember watching that game,definitely cheap.Wonder what Gregg said to Martin afterward
"Good job!"
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 12, 2019, 03:10:23 PM
I knew when I hit send that's how you'd respond.Can't remember watch action the League took
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Post by: 847badgerfan on April 12, 2019, 03:44:20 PM
Suspended for two more games. Should have been for his career, like McMahon, but hey, the jerk died young. Not a good human being.
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 18, 2019, 08:51:32 PM
He was a pompous flamboyant parody of himself, but I always watched/listened.  Chet Coppock a mostly regional sports talk/show personality died at the age of 70.   Mostly associated in Chicago,  he worked in Indy, NYC, once upon a time he did ND production.   Loved his interviews, and long winded patronizing tone.   Everybody was introduced by their full name, the coiffed hair, the suspenders, the arm bracelet dragging on the table.   He did a show in the 90s on 'NewsporTalk'  he always had wrestlers, boxing guys on,  terrific show.
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 02, 2019, 08:05:01 AM
Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts Defensive Star, Dies at 93

*https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/obituaries/gino-marchetti-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/obituaries/gino-marchetti-dead.html)*

He played along side Art Donovan with the Colts.They played in the 1958 Championship Game vs the Giants that launched the league to the forefront of American Sports.Want to read a great book get "Fatso" by Art Donovan hilarious and insightful.RIP Gino
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Post by: FearlessF on May 02, 2019, 05:06:36 PM
We've lost a great friend from the Big 12's Back porch

RIP Hooky
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 02, 2019, 05:27:18 PM
FEARLESS - seriously?Holy Shit I thought he was coming along and sounded positive.Damn we had some great conversations and one tilt but his content was pretty engaging/entertaining.God Speed to Hooky Hornstein and  hope he hooks up with Gator,Hoople,Little Big Matt and Wildcat
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Post by: utee94 on May 02, 2019, 06:11:07 PM
Yeah it's some pretty heartbreaking news.  I'll miss him a great deal.

RIP Hooky Hornstein
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 02, 2019, 06:21:48 PM
Sorry at your loss 94 and fearless.I know you guys go way back and were equal opportuniy chop busters.That old Big 12 board was incredible, him and it are missed
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Post by: MarqHusker on May 02, 2019, 08:42:56 PM
Damn.   One of those great people you've never met (I realize some of you had).
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Post by: FearlessF on May 03, 2019, 11:19:51 AM
I'm bummed

on a positive note, Ol Hooky seemed to live his life the right way and enjoy the ride.

I'd say he lived a pretty full life in his 50 some odd years.

he was certainly a genuine thoughtful caring Dude
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Post by: UT-Erin03 on May 03, 2019, 12:07:03 PM
Such a huge loss, and  without Hooky/CH there is a Texas-size hole that will likely never been filled again.     He was such a unique character, brought so much life & shenanigans to the boards, always there for a good joke or story to be shared, and friendly to everyone no matter if they were first-time or longtime posters.        We were lucky he chose to continue sharing his wisdom with us for so many years, and I know many of us will hold his children & wife in our hearts as they work their way through this trauma.     RIP, HookyHornstein.   
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Post by: Entropy on May 03, 2019, 12:19:41 PM
Sad lesson to learn again... but I wish I would have said something about his recovery before.  Read the thread and it appeared he would recover.   Left it at that instead of saying hello.   Life moves fast and you can miss an opportunity...   
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Post by: TyphonInc on May 03, 2019, 02:44:51 PM
Chewbacca passed away this morning. RIP Peter Mayhew.
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Post by: MarqHusker on May 26, 2019, 12:14:56 PM
Rip Bart Starr.   As a kid,  people my parents age and younger idolized Starr.   Obviously a mediocre coach for the Pack, but the guy was untouchable in WI.
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 26, 2019, 02:56:42 PM
5 NFL Championships between '61-68 talk about being a game manager - like clock work.I also love those old names Bart Starr,Johnny Unitas,Claude Humphrey,Deacon Jones,Rosey Grier,Ray Nitschke,Dick Butkas,Bubba Smith,Lem Barney,Bob Lilly,Gale Sayers,Tombstone Jackson,Tommy Nobis.Definately a different era
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Post by: FearlessF on May 26, 2019, 06:41:32 PM
not the greatest coach, but a great QB for his time
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Post by: MarqHusker on May 27, 2019, 03:23:43 PM
Rip Bill Buckner.  He had been suffering w dementia.   Quintessential hall of very good player.   Was noodling on his career line, never struck out 40+ times in a season nor drew 40+ walks.  22 seasons.

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Post by: rolltidefan on May 28, 2019, 06:21:37 PM
Rod bramlett, voice of auburn tigers, died in a car accident this weekend. His wife died as well.
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Post by: FearlessF on July 05, 2019, 09:12:42 AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida’s most famous cheerleader has died.

George Edmondson Jr., better known as Mr. Two Bits while riling up crowds at Florida home games for 60 years, died Tuesday at age 97, the school announced Thursday.

Edmondson officially retired from his role after the 2008 season. He never attended Florida but was named an honorary alumnus in 2005.

Edmondson first performed his “Two Bits” cheer in 1949. He was in the stands at Florida Field when fans booed the Gators as they took the field for the season opener against the Citadel. An insurance agent from Tampa, Edmondson decided to cheer and encouraged others to join him.

His “Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar ... all for the Gators, stand up and holler!” routine took hold, and he quickly became a well-known figure at games. He always wore khaki pants, a yellow dress shirt, an orange-and-blue striped tie and brown-and-beige saddle shoes. He would move from section to section, with a whistle around his neck and a rolled-up “2-Bits” sign in his back pocket. During stoppages in play, he would blow the whistle while holding up his sign and then lead those nearby in the recognizable cheer.

He also cheered on the field before games.

Since Edmondson put down his whistle for good, Florida used an honorary Mr. Two Bits to fill the void. Former Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel as well as NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, pro wrestler Titus O’Neil and five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres were among those who dressed up like Edmondson and mimicked his cheer before games.

Edmondson is survived by his wife, Jane, three children, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
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Post by: ELA on July 09, 2019, 12:27:39 PM
92 was the first election I recall paying attention to, and while I'm not sure what percentage of my memory of him is actually him, and what is just Dana Carvey, but he was a character

https://news.yahoo.com/texas-billionaire-h-ross-perot-142222286.html (https://news.yahoo.com/texas-billionaire-h-ross-perot-142222286.html)
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 09, 2019, 01:41:42 PM
I had to represent Perot's positions in a high school debate in 92.  That was fun.   Perot won our mock election.

The Admiral Stockdale role played by Phil Hartman was also awesome.
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Post by: Hawkinole on July 10, 2019, 01:33:54 AM
I had to represent Perot's positions in a high school debate in 92.  That was fun.  Perot won our mock election.

The Admiral Stockdale role played by Phil Hartman was also awesome.
Not because of Perot; because you were a ringer.
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 10, 2019, 07:28:28 AM
I seem to remember Perot changing his mind "I'm in"-"I'm out" and Dana Carvey nailed it rather well.He really had a chance in the '92 election against Bush and Clinton but his vacillating/wavering ways cooled the public on him.Hell of a mind for Business though,RIP
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Post by: CWSooner on July 10, 2019, 11:14:28 AM
Perot was leading both Bush and Clinton in the summer of 1992.  For a bit, it looked like a 3rd-party outsider might actually win the presidency.
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Post by: fezzador on July 10, 2019, 11:48:12 AM
Yep, it was the closest since Teddy Roosevelt ran as a Progressive in 1912.

What's interesting is that he had a bit of a falling-out with his former VP (and eventual President) William Taft.  What Roosevelt effectively did was take votes away from Taft and gifted Woodrow T. Wilson the presidency.
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on July 10, 2019, 11:50:06 AM
Rip Torn also died yesterday at 88.
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 10, 2019, 11:55:52 AM
Damn - Hollywood Squares?
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Post by: CWSooner on July 10, 2019, 12:01:44 PM
Yep, it was the closest since Teddy Roosevelt ran as a Progressive in 1912.

What's interesting is that he had a bit of a falling-out with his former VP (and eventual President) William Taft.  What Roosevelt effectively did was take votes away from Taft and gifted Woodrow T. Wilson the presidency.
Taft was Roosevelt's long-time friend, but he was his Secretary of War, not his V.P.

Yes, TR couldn't stand it that Taft wasn't presiding exactly as he would have, so he challenged him for the GOP nomination in 1912.  He didn't get it, so he took his toys and went home, forming the Progressive Party and ensuring that Woodrow Wilson would be president.

Still the most successful 3rd-party effort since the 2-party system solidified in the 1840s.
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 10, 2019, 12:36:34 PM
Also of Larry Sanders show fame.
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on July 10, 2019, 08:08:36 PM
Rip Torn also died yesterday at 88.

This is no dignified way to remember Rip Torn but my first and pretty much only encounter with him was as a high schooler, Summer 2001, taking a day off from my landscaping gig to hit the air conditioned theater with my rowdy, foul mouthed high school buddies to watch Freddy Got Fingered, a dreadful movie that can only be enjoyed amongst teenage boys making obnoxious idiots of themselves. Every Rip Torn scene still stands out, and though still NSFW (fair warning!), here’s one of the tamer bits:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E_1sgGXYYrk
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Post by: ELA on July 10, 2019, 10:04:52 PM
Tom Green, yeesh
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 10, 2019, 10:50:08 PM
Tom Green, yeesh
Rumors of his death have been going on for sometime.   Somewhat apropos he gets name dropped in this thread while referencing a guy who did die.
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Post by: Anonymous Coward on July 12, 2019, 01:54:46 PM
Maybe I'm the only one but every time this gets bumped, my main thought is that we've lost a poster.
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Post by: FearlessF on July 12, 2019, 01:58:19 PM
I try not to think like that
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Post by: fezzador on July 12, 2019, 02:10:45 PM
This is no dignified way to remember Rip Torn but my first and pretty much only encounter with him was as a high schooler, Summer 2001, taking a day off from my landscaping gig to hit the air conditioned theater with my rowdy, foul mouthed high school buddies to watch Freddy Got Fingered, a dreadful movie that can only be enjoyed amongst teenage boys making obnoxious idiots of themselves. Every Rip Torn scene still stands out, and though still NSFW (fair warning!), here’s one of the tamer bits:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E_1sgGXYYrk

Not a fan of the film, but I LOL every time I see this scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtyxJSGM3x0
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on July 12, 2019, 02:38:34 PM
Not a fan of the film, but I LOL every time I see this scene:



This is my favorite senselessly LOL scene - with no prompting whatsoever Rip Thorn hangs his head out window and screams:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzQ9-QSBMP8
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Post by: ELA on July 15, 2019, 11:24:01 AM
Pernell Whitaker was hit by a car and killed last night.

His draw with Chavez was perhaps the first non heavyweight fight I was aware of
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 15, 2019, 11:34:02 AM
I like how the non-heavyweights always end up getting tagged with some nickname or skill set meant to identify them for the lay person.

For Whitaker I remember commentators couldn't mention him without saying 'the most defensive boxer in history'.  Anyways,  that might have been the first fight I remember  thinking boxing was crooked.   'what?  a draw!'     Whitaker was robbed.
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Post by: MarqHusker on August 01, 2019, 11:31:22 PM
RIP, Harley Race.  Outlived so many of his peers.
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on August 16, 2019, 08:18:53 PM
RIP Peter Fonda. I don’t know anything about his personal life but Easy Rider along with Jack Kerouac’s On The Road had a big impact on how a viewed America’s contemporary state. 
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Post by: FearlessF on August 16, 2019, 08:34:34 PM
Peter was one of my favorites
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Post by: Kris60 on August 16, 2019, 10:26:09 PM
I like how the non-heavyweights always end up getting tagged with some nickname or skill set meant to identify them for the lay person.

For Whitaker I remember commentators couldn't mention him without saying 'the most defensive boxer in history'.  Anyways,  that might have been the first fight I remember  thinking boxing was crooked.  'what?  a draw!'    Whitaker was robbed.

I gave up boxing when I saw Lennox Lewis beat the hell out of Evander Holyfield for 12 rounds and the fight declared a draw.  I walked out of my friend’s apartment swearing I would never watch boxing again and, for a scant few exceptions, I haven’t.
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Post by: Kris60 on August 16, 2019, 10:30:02 PM
RIP, Harley Race.  Outlived so many of his peers.
His reputation for being a legit bad ass is legendary.  To look at him there was nothing physically that would really make you think that but any wrestler who ever knew him will vouch for it.
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 17, 2019, 08:33:22 AM
I gave up boxing when I saw Lennox Lewis beat the hell out of Evander Holyfield for 12 rounds and the fight declared a draw.  I walked out of my friend’s apartment swearing I would never watch boxing again and, for a scant few exceptions, I haven’t.
Same-same I remember the Hagler-Leonard fight and felt the that way.They said something like 70% of the people at ringside thought Hagler won the fight.Believe it or not Marvin had another gear and wanted to fight 15 rounds but acquiesced to Leonard's demand of 12.Bad move Marvin - who I always liked
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 17, 2019, 08:43:54 AM
Peter was one of my favorites
Gotta tell ya he got a lot of mileage out of one movie,he had a good life what-79yrs.Not a bad gig if you can get it
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Post by: FearlessF on August 17, 2019, 10:07:31 AM
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry

(https://cdn3.volusion.com/wnjpb.kfenr/v/vspfiles/photos/dirty_mary_crazy_larry_se-8.jpg?1357644825)
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Post by: Kris60 on August 17, 2019, 08:34:15 PM
Same-same I remember the Hagler-Leonard fight and felt the that way.They said something like 70% of the people at ringside thought Hagler won the fight.Believe it or not Marvin had another gear and wanted to fight 15 rounds but acquiesced to Leonard's demand of 12.Bad move Marvin - who I always liked
I loved Hagler as a kid.  My uncle got that fight on PPV and me and my dad went over there and watched it.  We all thought Hagler won but it was close.  If someone thought Sugar Ray won that fight I could see their side of it even if I disagreed. The Lewis-Holyfield fight on the other hand was total domination.  I liked Holyfield and wanted him to win but when they called that fight a draw I just thought they had crossed the line into professional wrestling.  
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 18, 2019, 11:01:02 AM
Never saw that but remember some old fans of 'The Sweet Science" were not happy with the Lewis ruling.Regarding the Hagler fight there was a little bit of a stand off, Hagler's Camp wanted 15 rds in Atlantic City,Leonard's Camp wanted 12 rds in Vegas(where show time pts count).Leonard was well winded at the end,and Hagler said Leonard admitted he won(or sum such)and it looked like he said that after the fight.It was like Leonard=tap-tap-tap-tap,Hagler=BAM.Sugar Ray may have landed more blows but Marvelous Marvin did the most damage
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Post by: MarqHusker on August 18, 2019, 12:26:46 PM
Cedric Benson dead.   Motorcycle accident.  Rip.  He had some substance problems.  
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Post by: FearlessF on August 18, 2019, 10:51:27 PM
helluva RB
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 19, 2019, 08:53:41 AM
Too young,great back just missed being on that NC team.RIP Cedric
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Post by: utee94 on August 19, 2019, 09:15:20 AM
So sad, I lost my cousin (he was 19 at the time) to a motorcycle accident.

RIP to a great Longhorn football player.
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Post by: CWSooner on August 23, 2019, 07:15:35 PM
10-year NFL veteran (Saints, Jets, and Vikes), DL Barry Bennett, and his wife Carol were found dead in their rural Minnesota home Wednesday.  Their 22-year-old son is the suspect and is at large.

https://start.att.net/news/read/article/people-former_nfl_player_and_wife_found_dead_in_rural_min-rtime/category/sports (https://start.att.net/news/read/article/people-former_nfl_player_and_wife_found_dead_in_rural_min-rtime/category/sports)

EDIT: The son has apparently fled to Mexico, but he has been charged with the murders.
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Post by: 847badgerfan on September 13, 2019, 11:07:19 AM
Eddie Money dies at 70. That's too young.
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Post by: FearlessF on September 13, 2019, 11:07:58 AM
the Money Man!
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Post by: ELA on September 13, 2019, 11:27:53 AM
Eddie Money dies at 70. That's too young.
My ex-GF was his server at Mitchell's Fish Market maybe 13 years ago
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Post by: fezzador on September 13, 2019, 11:55:49 AM
Eddie Money dies at 70. That's too young.
For a musician that's probably par for the course.  You would think with all that money (no pun intended) athletes, actors and pop musicians would take better care of themselves but the opposite is actually true.  All too often they find themselves in early graves due to poor financial management, high stress, alcohol/narcotics (which probably goes hand-in-hand with the stress), etc.  Some of them look 60 before they even turn 40.

I don't think the Money Man necessarily had the above issues (at least not to the degree that plagues a lot of celebs) but all those years of recording, touring, partying, etc. probably took its toll.
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 13, 2019, 12:52:55 PM
For a musician that's probably par for the course.  
there's a lot of truth to that and not necessarily because they were parting like rock stars.Because of all the years of travel they eat a lot of fast,hastily prepared meals that are usually artery/intestinal clogging.And sometimes they slightly over did it,unfortunately I think Tom Petty did that
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Post by: MichiFan87 on September 13, 2019, 09:35:39 PM
T. Boone Pickens died this week, as well. Obviously he's best known here for helping fund Oklahoma State football into relevance, but of course he made his money in the oil & gas industry. That said, to his credit, he was also a big proponent of wind power as that sector was starting to take off 10-15 years ago.
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 13, 2019, 09:44:45 PM
Boone was a very interesting man.  At one point one his divisions was a client of ours.   Very innovative and fearless business man.  Great vision.  I'm not sold on wind, the windmills have a short life, relatively,  and nobody has really addressed what to do with so much expired material and waste which isn't exactly cost effective nor do I think as productive source as people think.
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Post by: CWSooner on September 13, 2019, 10:12:53 PM
I'm not sold on wind power either.  At least not when it's generated by giant farms of giant windmills.
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Post by: FearlessF on September 13, 2019, 10:18:09 PM
I spoke with the Money Man after one of his shows 5 - 10 years ago i sewer city

Obviously if he was playing this nickel venue, it wasn't a big gig

hard life on the road, but he didn't know anything else.

seemed to be a good guy , just doing what he did best
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 14, 2019, 02:16:33 AM
Lot of folks in Music and fans said he was a reguar guy just playing R & R - that's what its really all about
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 15, 2019, 08:52:54 PM
Ric ocasek is dead. Damn.  The Cars were a great band, timeless tunes.   He was a hell of a producer too.   A contemporary of Eddie Money too.
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Post by: CWSooner on September 15, 2019, 10:17:56 PM
They're all reaching "that age," if they are not already there.
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 16, 2019, 07:05:55 AM
Ocasek was also known as a producer who collaborated with other musical groups. He was born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Baltimore, according to Reuters, and met bass player and future bandmate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school. The Cars was formed in the mid-1970s.

He met Benjamin Orr here and the rest they say is history.The played locally on occasion befor breaking out.Always loved "Moving in Stereo"
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 16, 2019, 07:35:11 AM
Damn so when I look up Ocasek's passing There was a link to other notable deaths so far this year.In July both Jim Bouton and Nick Buoniconti died also - did not see or know of those
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Post by: ELA on September 17, 2019, 11:15:33 AM
Cokie Roberts died of breast cancer at 75.

She was as prominent as any political journalist through the 90s, and just sort of faded away.  I can't remember the last time I saw her on TV.
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Post by: CWSooner on September 17, 2019, 08:04:40 PM
Very sad.  I thought that she was a solid journalist and a solid person.
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Post by: FearlessF on September 17, 2019, 10:51:06 PM
never heard of her, RIP
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 18, 2019, 09:35:01 AM
I had certainly heard of her.Just a coincidence that during the cocaine out break and wars in the 80's a lady named Cokie happened to cover some of it
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Post by: FearlessF on September 18, 2019, 11:38:34 AM
so that's your connection
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 18, 2019, 11:56:35 AM
She was pretty good.  When I used to watch Brinkley, she was a good guest. 
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 18, 2019, 12:44:44 PM
so that's your connection
No,no,no - because like I'm into downers,man
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Post by: MrNubbz on September 18, 2019, 12:45:27 PM
She was pretty good.  When I used to watch Brinkley, she was a good guest.
Christy?
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 18, 2019, 03:50:57 PM
Heh.

David Brinkley, one of the original tv news show hosts on ABC along w Chet what's his name.  He was good.  
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on September 20, 2019, 09:13:47 AM
Hopalong Cassady

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjXSPQMTxDU
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Post by: rolltidefan on September 20, 2019, 09:54:34 AM
that video is classic. i love the ref's touchdown signal, so flamboyant. reminds me of margarida, a very flamboyant soccer ref.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF1E6-9Ee8s
yes, he was exactly what you're thinking.
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Post by: CWSooner on September 22, 2019, 10:35:00 PM
Former Texas and Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead died overnight.  Foul play is not suspected.  He was 32.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/sports/former-texas-ole-miss-qb-jevan-snead-dead-at-32-181319882.html (https://currently.att.yahoo.com/sports/former-texas-ole-miss-qb-jevan-snead-dead-at-32-181319882.html)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CatsbyAZ on November 11, 2019, 11:21:13 AM
Saginaw/Spartans legend and former Lions wideout Charles Rogers has passed away at 38.

edit: CR was battling liver disease and awaiting organ transplant for several years now. Always sad to hear of players I watched not so long ago already gone from us 🙏 (several recent Iowa player passings come to mind).
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Post by: ELA on December 17, 2019, 09:56:31 PM
Hayden Fry has died at the age of 90
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 17, 2019, 09:57:20 PM
wow

that's a big deal in the state of Iowa
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on December 17, 2019, 10:09:59 PM
wow

that's a big deal in the state of Iowa
Big deal on Big Ten land.  I think he has an argument, considering what he took over, of being the greatest coach in Big Ten history.  Woody might be the only coach I would buy an argument to out above.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on December 17, 2019, 10:40:58 PM
Does Fielding Yost predate the Big Ten?

Has any coach produced a better tree than Hayden Fry?
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on December 17, 2019, 10:49:32 PM
Does Fielding Yost predate the Big Ten?

Has any coach produced a better tree than Hayden Fry?
Stagg, Woody, Kirk and Bo are the only coaches with more Big Ten conference wins.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on December 17, 2019, 11:00:41 PM
The first time I ever heard someone pronounce Wisconsin as 'West con-sin'.   Seriously,  great coach.  Few rocked shaded specs. better than Fry.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: fezzador on December 18, 2019, 11:12:23 AM
Godspeed, Coach.

Iowa was a coaching graveyard in the late 70s when he took over.  He had some killer teams in the 80s (I still think the '85 Hawkeyes could have won it all) and left a lasting legacy with that incredible coaching tree.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on December 18, 2019, 11:20:35 AM
Oh man, that coaching tree. Does anyone have a better list?

Bill Snyder
Barry Alvarez
Stoops boys
Ferentz
McCarney

And the list goes on.

(https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/dUvK3eFXfE7aJKb20jigZRwvPLI=/59x0:868x539/1200x800/filters:focal(59x0:868x539)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/34541025/83-staff.0.jpg)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on December 18, 2019, 11:36:16 AM
And the SMU boosters had him fired for refusing to play ball.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on December 18, 2019, 12:29:08 PM
He was a great man. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: fezzador on December 18, 2019, 02:29:59 PM
He doesn't get enough credit for integrating the Southwestern Conference in the 1960s.  Definitely a gutsy move back in the day.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hawkinole on December 19, 2019, 12:25:23 AM
I was a Des Moines Register newspaper carrier from age 9 - 15, and followed the Big Peach carefully, and the Hawkeyes. In the 1960s and 70s the Hawkeyes just couldn't win. It was probably not much different than usual for them, but 19 consecutive nonwinning seasons covered an entire boyhood, carried me right through to college graduation. Register writers speculated the losing was related to the advent of two-platoon football because Iowa just didn't have the population base to support two D-I programs under two-platoon football and other conferences allowed endless scholarships. Enter the man from Texas, Hayden Fry in 1979.

I graduated from Iowa in December 1979, I went to FSU for law school starting Fall 1980, and as soon as I leave Iowa the Hawkeyes are in the Rose Bowl. Bobby Bowden had the Seminoles goin' pretty good at the time, as well. But doing it at Iowa -- well Iowa was only one notch above Kansas State, the losingest D-I program.

Hayden Fry was a college QB and for several years under his tutelage Iowa was QB-U.

Bill Snyder who looked old, helped Chuck Long become the QB then made what looked like a career mistake and took the HC job at KSU in 1989. Bill Snyder has to be one of the all time best coaches in college football. But even after:


the Hawkeyes were back in the Rose Bowl again, in 1991.

I can appreciate the staff he brought to Iowa. But, you cannot understate what Hayden Fry did himself at Iowa.
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Post by: MrNubbz on December 19, 2019, 10:48:01 AM
Great Posts and Godspeed Coach Fry
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on December 19, 2019, 11:55:56 PM
https://twitter.com/BadgerFootball/status/1207482990814740480
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hawkinole on December 20, 2019, 12:06:53 AM
Regarding Hayden Fry and hiring staff. I didn't even mention some of the others who were crucial. Bob Elliott - former Iowa DB. Bret Bielema. Jim Leavitt, former USF HC.

Bob Elliott was groomed to succeed Hayden Fry. But in Fry's last season at Iowa, both Bob Elliott and Hayden Fry developed cancer and were treating for it. Bob Elliott died at age 64 in 2017 (Bump Elliott's son).

Elliott's cancer threw the coaching search into chaos, and it came down to Bobby Stoops and Kirk Ferentz. Stoops set a deadline, and Iowa wanted to interview Ferentz before deciding and the interview came after the Stoops deadline, who was offered at Oklahoma. You know what happened from there.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hawkinole on December 20, 2019, 12:08:30 AM
https://twitter.com/BadgerFootball/status/1207482990814740480

Barry was a great high school coach at Mason City, Iowa. But I attended the game as an alumnus in which my high school coach defeated Mason City for the state championship that evaded us. Barry went onto fame and fortune.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 08, 2020, 10:30:55 AM
George Perles died today.  If they come in 3s, what other name Big Ten coaches from the 80s are still alive?

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/ (https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on January 08, 2020, 12:46:29 PM
I'd hate to ID guys, but there are still a decent number with us from the era.  
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MaximumSam on January 08, 2020, 01:16:36 PM
George Perles died today.  If they come in 3s, what other name Big Ten coaches from the 80s are still alive?

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/ (https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/)
Interesting question

Lou Holtz is still kicking around and coached Minny in the 80's, though obviously not known for that.
Mike White from Illinois still alive as far as I can tell.
Leon Burtnett of Purdue is not famous nor was any good, but Joe Tiller was his defensive coordinator.  Maybe that's why they sucked.
John Gutekunst took over for took over at Minny for Lou Holtz.  Still alive. Never famous.
Lee Corso was mostly 70's but hit a couple years for Indiana in the 80's.  He's 84.
Fred Akers is reasonably famous from coaching at Texas but did coach Purdue at the end of the 90's.  
John Cooper hit a couple years of the 80's - he's 82
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on January 08, 2020, 01:23:42 PM
Fred Akers is reasonably famous from coaching at Texas but did coach Purdue at the end of the 90's. 

Forgot about that,I was too busy bitching/screaming at Cooper to notice
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 08, 2020, 01:48:16 PM
John Cooper hit a couple years of the 80's - he's 82
Wow, that shocks me
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on January 09, 2020, 06:27:24 PM
Pete Dye died.  Diabolical,  a great nickname for the man who tortured golfers around the globe.  He designed a lot of world class courses and a lot of fun munis and clubs around here in Indiana.  He was 94.  

I saw him at the PGA at the Straits years ago at a practice round and he couldn't understand why people wanted his autograph, he was a great crusty old guy.   He still had a home a mile or so south of me, on Crooked Stick but think his days were mostly spent in FL/SC.   His wife died last year.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on January 10, 2020, 06:25:01 PM
Neil Peart has died.  Brain cancer.  Helps explain their retirement a few years ago.   Damn. Amazing talent. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on January 10, 2020, 08:29:55 PM
John Cooper is still sharp as a whip. He still does some weekly CFB analysis on the radio, during the season.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on January 10, 2020, 08:39:32 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fIGo499Cac
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on January 10, 2020, 11:30:21 PM
George Perles died today.  If they come in 3s, what other name Big Ten coaches from the 80s are still alive?

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/ (https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2020/01/08/george-perles-dies-michigan-state-university/1909366001/)
We were talking about this at work this week,  talking about when Perles was nearly hired by the Packers, who eventually settled on Lindy Infante.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 11, 2020, 12:35:48 AM
We were talking about this at work this week,  talking about when Perles was nearly hired by the Packers, who eventually settled on Lindy Infante.
Lindy Infante's greatest accomplishment was being so bad in Indianapolis that they ran him out in two years, but he left them with the #1 pick, that they used on Peyton
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on January 11, 2020, 10:22:56 AM
Neil Peart has died.  Brain cancer.  Helps explain their retirement a few years ago.  Damn. Amazing talent.
Best there ever was, best there ever will be.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 11, 2020, 11:11:22 AM
Rush and Prince are the top of my "not for me, but I get it" list.

RIP
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on January 11, 2020, 11:55:38 AM
Pete Dye died.  Diabolical,  a great nickname for the man who tortured golfers around the globe.  He designed a lot of world class courses and a lot of fun munis and clubs around here in Indiana.  He was 94. 

I saw him at the PGA at the Straits years ago at a practice round and he couldn't understand why people wanted his autograph, he was a great crusty old guy.  He still had a home a mile or so south of me, on Crooked Stick but think his days were mostly spent in FL/SC.  His wife died last year.
tortured me many times, most notably at the Ocean Course at Kiawah

amazing talent
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Drew4UTk on January 26, 2020, 02:45:28 PM
damn.. Kobe Bryant... freakin' helicopters... 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on January 26, 2020, 02:52:58 PM
Wow.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Drew4UTk on January 26, 2020, 02:56:26 PM
it was a TMZ report... and i was and still a little suspicious, but others are picking it up now.  fingers crossed it's BS.  
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Drew4UTk on January 26, 2020, 02:59:30 PM
https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1221521133608079368 (https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1221521133608079368)
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Post by: DevilFroggy on January 26, 2020, 03:14:53 PM
How horrible. NBA lost an all-time legend today.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 26, 2020, 03:16:45 PM
Terrible
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MaximumSam on January 26, 2020, 04:12:23 PM
Terrible
His 13 year old daughter was also killed 😣
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CatsbyAZ on January 26, 2020, 04:22:50 PM
RIP Mamba - already missing you
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on January 26, 2020, 04:24:00 PM
His 13 year old daughter was also killed 😣
His poor family.  Left behind a baby who will never know her father or big sister
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: rolltidefan on January 31, 2020, 05:05:37 PM
it was a TMZ report... and i was and still a little suspicious, but others are picking it up now.  fingers crossed it's BS. 
tmz is shit for everything except celebrity deaths. the got the lock down on those. i was hoping it was one of the few times they've missed on those.

another terrible reminder how fragile life is. rip kobe and rest of the victims.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on February 07, 2020, 10:04:16 PM
The dunk was awesome on its own, before I realized what he was doing.

https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/1225939385515823104?s=19
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on March 23, 2020, 08:39:51 PM
Woody Widenhofer, who coached and played against the Huskers for Missouri, has died at age 77.

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/former-mizzou-football-coach-woody-widenhofer-dies-at/article_17c27213-3613-5d6d-b0e0-06e4ab1b44de.amp.html (https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/former-mizzou-football-coach-woody-widenhofer-dies-at/article_17c27213-3613-5d6d-b0e0-06e4ab1b44de.amp.html)

Former Mizzou football coach Woody Widenhofer dies at 77
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on March 23, 2020, 09:27:28 PM
Damn. OU beat his team 77-0 once.  He was a good dude, or at least I've always heard nice words about him.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on March 23, 2020, 09:40:31 PM
His first coaching job was with MSU, and I think Perles recommended him coming to the Steelers (he was a Pittsburgh kid).  Woody coached the LBs and Perles coached the DL on the Steel Curtain teams.

To be honest, surprised he was only 77.  I thought he was 70ish when he was at Vandy two decades ago.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CatsbyAZ on March 24, 2020, 01:11:10 AM


To be honest, surprised he was only 77.  I thought he was 70ish when he was at Vandy two decades ago.


Good coach but didn’t have the horses most of the time. Remembering when Spurrier joked about Widenhofer’s teams, saying he liked it when his Commodores teams played the Gators tough, even when they shouldn’t‘ve, because then he could go tell Tennessee that they weren’t the toughest out in their own state.

Edit: here’s quite the tidbit from Wikipedia:

”After leaving the Vanderbilt campus in 2001, Woody worked in a toll booth in Destin for three years. Woody stated that he didn't have anything else to do and enjoyed meeting people. However, his wife Sabrina, who works for Spirit Airlines, got transferred to Dallas, TX. Woody did not return to the Vanderbilt campus since his departure.“
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on March 24, 2020, 12:33:44 PM
Woody Widenhofer, who coached and played against the Huskers for Missouri, has died at age 77.

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/former-mizzou-football-coach-woody-widenhofer-dies-at/article_17c27213-3613-5d6d-b0e0-06e4ab1b44de.amp.html (https://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/former-mizzou-football-coach-woody-widenhofer-dies-at/article_17c27213-3613-5d6d-b0e0-06e4ab1b44de.amp.html)

Former Mizzou football coach Woody Widenhofer dies at 77
Re the linked article, he just never could turn the corner at Mizzou.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on April 06, 2020, 12:22:52 PM
Bill Withers, singer/songwriter of "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," and other great hits, died of COVID-19 at 81.

R.I.P.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on April 06, 2020, 01:00:59 PM
Ain't No Sunshine is a top 5 all time song IMO.  I'm sure there are bad versions out there, but I love every single one I've heard
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on April 06, 2020, 05:17:13 PM
Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2020/04/06/al-kaline-dies-detroit-tigers/505371001/ (https://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2020/04/06/al-kaline-dies-detroit-tigers/505371001/)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on April 06, 2020, 05:45:54 PM
Wow.  I was never a Tigers fan, but I did like Al Kaline.

From the article:

Quote
But while Cobb was widely reviled for his bitterness and meanness, Kaline was eminently respected for his on-field elegance and off-field graciousness.
It seems that Ty Cobb's reputation is undergoing revision.  That he wasn't that dirty a player.  That he wasn't a shithead off the field.  That he wasn't a virulent racist.  That most of the bad rep came from an early biographer who just made up a bunch of "facts" to grind an axe.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on April 06, 2020, 07:20:53 PM
I've read every book on Cobb (almost certain of this), the two most recent are much more scholarly than the BS peddled by well known BS artist  Al Stump,which of course became the characature movie depicting Cobb, by Tommy Lee Jones.  Alexander's book isnt very good either 

I strongly recommend A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen.

Anyways RIP Al Kaline   I have his 58 Topps Card.  Not PSA rated or anything but it's in nice shape.  
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on April 06, 2020, 09:10:46 PM
Never saw him play, but growing up, but he was the favorite Tiger of every adult I knew growing up.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on April 07, 2020, 05:37:47 PM
I strongly recommend A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen.
I have that book on my checklist.While he was no choir boy he wasn't a sadistic goon either.But there was a Cobb quote that was true.here's the conversation

Louis Prima (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0142746/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): With all the great players playing ball right now, how well do you think you would do against today's pitchers?


Ty Cobb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000169/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): Well, I figure against today's pitchers I'd only probably hit about .290


Louis Prima (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0142746/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): .290? Well that's amazing, because you batted over .400 a... a whole bunch of times. Now tell us all, we'd all like to know, why do you think you'd only hit .290?


Ty Cobb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000169/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): Well, I'm 72 f—king years old you ignorant son of a b—ch.

he supposedly sharpened his spikes also



Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on April 07, 2020, 06:49:21 PM
I have that book on my checklist.While he was no choir boy he wasn't a sadistic goon either.But there was a Cobb quote that was true.here's the conversation

Louis Prima (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0142746/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): With all the great players playing ball right now, how well do you think you would do against today's pitchers?


Ty Cobb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000169/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): Well, I figure against today's pitchers I'd only probably hit about .290


Louis Prima (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0142746/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): .290? Well that's amazing, because you batted over .400 a... a whole bunch of times. Now tell us all, we'd all like to know, why do you think you'd only hit .290?


Ty Cobb (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000169/?ref_=tt_trv_qu): Well, I'm 72 f—king years old you ignorant son of a b—ch.
:57:

Quote
he supposedly sharpened his spikes also
I think that might be one of those Al Stump-generated myths.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on April 07, 2020, 07:00:47 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/9jqvrRN.png)
Maybe

Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on April 07, 2020, 07:20:37 PM
Heh!  That one's the catcher's fault.  Can't stand on top of home plate.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: OrangeAfroMan on April 07, 2020, 10:41:34 PM
John Prine is dead from Covid-19.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on April 08, 2020, 12:16:01 AM
Crap,great talent RIP,John

One writer regaled He bestowed dignity on the overlooked and marginalized was a common theme throughout Prine's career; he became known for detailed vignettes about ordinary people that illustrated larger truths about society.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on April 08, 2020, 12:42:58 PM
really enjoy Prine's music
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on April 13, 2020, 08:19:25 PM
COVID-19 Claims the Lives of Three Jazz Greats
Pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis Jr., trumpeter Wallace Roney, and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli succumbed to complications caused by the novel coronavirus
(https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/gqSaZgTZUrGB9jPD9dsS07nYTCo=/800x600/filters:no_upscale():focal(1304x597:1305x598)/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/0e/1d/0e1d9f10-7152-41b2-aff1-e6661a8c3dd1/my_post_1.jpg)From L to R: Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Wallace Roney (Photos by Erika Goldring / WireImage, Johnny Louis / Getty Images, and Ernesto Ruscio / FilmMagic)
By Alex Fox (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/author/alex-fox/)
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
APRIL 3, 2020


The jazz world lost three of its most legendary musicians to COVID-19 this week.

Trumpeter Wallace Roney died Tuesday in New Jersey, pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis Jr. died Wednesday in New Orleans, and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli died on Wednesday in New Jersey. They were 59, 85 and 94, respectively.
Ellis Marsalis Jr.: A Father and Mentor to Jazz Players
(https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/yM_Vv2Q_jekyd93-WF-JY8azYMM=/fit-in/1072x0/filters:focal(2377x914:2378x915)/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/14/92/14920401-a75b-47eb-84b8-fed2015af2b8/gettyimages-158784257.jpg)American jazz musician Ellis Marsalis Jr (left) and his son, fellow musician Wynton Marsalis (right), backstage after a rare performance as a duo at the Blue Note nightclub, New York, New York, June 4, 1990. (Photo by Jack Vartoogian / Getty Images)
Marsalis was a towering figure of modern jazz. Through his teaching, he became the patriarch of a musical family that extended well beyond the four sons who followed in his footsteps, report Janet McConnaughey and Rebecca Santan for the Associated Press (https://apnews.com/571a69e03af0a78dbc5d0899ad156270).
“Ellis Marsalis was a legend,” wrote Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, where the musician spent most of his life, on Twitter (https://twitter.com/mayorcantrell/status/1245523886810238979) Wednesday night. “He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz.”
The Marsalis family patriarch held teaching positions at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of New Orleans. He had retired just this year from a three-decade stint playing weekly gigs at a small New Orleans club called the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.
“With the passing of Marsalis, we have lost not only a gifted pianist, but also a person committed to the importance of music education and jazz history,” says Theo Gonzalves, curator of cultural and community life at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Marsalis was known for his talents on the piano (https://youtu.be/PQHeWRv0zIE)—he played alongside such greats as Cannonball Adderley and recorded more than 15 albums—but he was proudest of his legacy as a mentor and educator who carefully shepherded the next generation of musicians, including four of his six sons, reports Andrew Limbong for NPR (https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/02/825717204/ellis-marsalis-patriarch-of-new-orleans-most-famous-musical-family-has-died).
“He was like the coach of jazz. He put on the sweatshirt, blew the whistle and made these guys work,” Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s “American Routes” and a Tulane University anthropology professor, tells the AP.
Marsalis’ son Wynton is a trumpeter, as well as the artistic director of jazz at New York’s Lincoln Center. Branford took up the saxophone, leading “The Tonight Show” band and touring with Sting. Delfeayo, a trombonist, is a prominent producer and performer. Jason is a drummer of note with his band and as an accompanist. Marsalis’ two other sons—Ellis III, a poet-photographer, and Mboya—did not pursue music.
“My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be,” says Branford in a statement.
Despite hailing from New Orleans, with its eponymous style of jazz (https://www.britannica.com/art/New-Orleans-style), Marsalis’ musical heroes were virtuosic purveyors of bebop (https://www.britannica.com/art/bebop), including Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. His devotion to “straight-ahead jazz” trickled down to his sons, as well as other musicians he taught, including Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Harry Connick Jr. and Nicholas Payton, report Giovanni Russonello and Michael Levenson for the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/arts/music/ellis-marsalis-dead-virus.html).
Marsalis’ children and students became the vanguard of “a burgeoning traditionalist movement, loosely referred to as the Young Lions,” write Russonello and Levenson in the Times. Roney, the trumpet player who died Tuesday, was one of these students.
In 2010, musician Anthony Brown and Ken Kimery, program director of Smithsonian Jazz, interviewed Marsalis for the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program (https://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz/collections-and-archives/smithsonian-jazz-oral-history-program#MarsalisE). Recounting the conversation now, Kimery says the pianist “afforded us great insight into his family history, life in New Orleans,” favorite musicians and education, among other topics. The full transcript of the interview is available here (https://amhistory.si.edu/jazz/Marsalis-Ellis/Marsalis_Ellis_Transcript.pdf).
Wallace Roney: Young Lion and Miles Davis Protégé
(https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/IBeJOMu-xH-jSXDn1mLoH0lc5gU=/fit-in/1072x0/filters:focal(1685x528:1686x529)/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/14/a5/14a514eb-cc4b-4d61-8f90-a30bbe8e9d24/gettyimages-121053931.jpg)Wallace Roney performs at the Second Fandango Jazz Festival at La Palma in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio / FilmMagic)
Horn player and composer Wallace Roney was one of the “Young Lions” influenced by the Marsalises, but his chief association is with his idol and mentor, Miles Davis.
A pivotal moment in the pair’s relationship took place at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival, reports Nate Chinen for NPR (https://www.npr.org/2020/03/31/824801424/wallace-roney-intrepid-jazz-trumpeter-dies-from-covid-19-complications-at-59). Davis, recruited by producer Quincy Jones to perform two of his albums, insisted that Roney, who stood in for him during rehearsals, join him onstage.
The younger musician “instinctively jumped in to handle some of the more technically demanding parts, and implicitly joined a chain of succession,” writes Chinen.
This public endorsement from arguably the most famous trumpet player of all time immediately launched Roney to a new height of jazz celebrity—but it also dogged him as he sought to differentiate himself.
“[A]s his career went on, Mr. Roney managed to neutralize most of those criticisms,” writes Giovanni Russonello for the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/arts/music/wallace-roney-dead-coronavirus.html). “His nuanced understanding of Davis’s playing—its harmonic and rhythmic wirings as well as its smoldering tone—was only part of a vast musical ken. His own style bespoke an investment in the entire lineage of jazz trumpet playing.”
Roney released just under 20 albums as a bandleader. Fittingly, he won a 1994 Grammy for the album A Tribute to Miles.
A 1987 profile of Roney by James McBride of the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1987/12/12/wallace-roney-and-the-quest-to-be-heard/8d34f342-850e-49e6-91ac-641832df07d1/) gave the musician a simple and unqualified introduction: “His name is Wallace Roney III. He is 27 years old. He is from Washington, and he is one of the best jazz trumpet players in the world.”
Critic Stanley Crouch, meanwhile, recalled a performance delivered by a teenage Roney in a 2000 profile for the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/24/arts/music-don-t-ask-the-critics-ask-wallace-roney-s-peers.html).
“As soon as Mr. Roney commenced to swing, the noise level in the club immediately dropped off, and those in the middle of conversations or laughing and joking turned their attention to the bandstand,” wrote Crouch. “At the end of the tune, the room took on a crazily jubilant mood, and the clapping wouldn’t stop.”
Bucky Pizzarelli: A Supporting Player Who Moved to Center Stage
(https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/12epcMj0A3LWJYxDphYrb1hYaIg=/fit-in/1072x0/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/79/f9/79f911be-db70-421b-bf62-aec4a919bcbe/gettyimages-461540514.jpg)Bucky Pizzarelli performs onstage at Living Legends of Jazz during Miami Beach Jazz Fest on January 10, 2015. (Photo by Johnny Louis / Getty Images)
The eldest of the three jazz men who passed away this week was Bucky Pizzarelli, “a tasteful sage of jazz guitar who spent the first phase of his career as a prolific session player and the last phase as a celebrated patriarch,” according to Nate Chinen of NPR (https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/02/826189681/jazz-guitarist-bucky-pizzarelli-dies-from-the-coronavirus-age-94).
Pizzarelli’s tremendous command of his instrument allowed him to draw “attention to the song he was playing, rather than the playing itself,” adds Chinen. “His rock-solid rhythmic footing and broad harmonic understanding were hallmarks of a warmly understated style.”
Describing Pizzarelli as “a master of the subtle art of rhythm guitar as well as a gifted soloist,” Peter Keepnews of the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/arts/music/bucky-pizzarelli-dead-coronavirus.html) notes that the musician appeared on hundreds of records across genres. More often than not, he went uncredited.
Pizzarelli toured with Benny Goodman and was a stalwart in Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” orchestra before the talk show moved taping from New York City to Los Angeles in 1972. When the production’s cast and crew packed up, Pizzarelli stayed behind and began making a name for himself in New York nightclubs.
The musician is survived by his son John, also a renowned jazz guitarist. The father-son duo performed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36UBSUodBeg) and recorded together many times.
Pizzarelli’s signature seven-stringed guitar (https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1301423) is on display at the National Museum of American History. The guitar’s extra string was tuned to a low A, allowing him to provide a bass line even when playing alone or in concert with another guitar player. The jazz legend—who performed into his 90s despite multiple hospitalizations caused by stroke and pneumonia—played the guitar up until the day he donated it to the museum in 2005.
In a 2016 interview with Inside Jersey (https://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/2016/12/nj_guitar_master_bucky_pizzarelli_turns_back_time_as_he_plays_on.html)’s Jay Lustig, guitarist Ed Laub, a student and collaborator of Pizzarelli’s, aptly summed up his mentor’s approach: “It’s about making beautiful music. It’s not about grandstanding. And that’s what his whole personality is about.”
(https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/xSNrrs9-0xOHqug1pzdAc5xtc0g=/fit-in/1072x0/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/2f/bc/2fbc18cf-c7d4-4010-bae3-d198a572b551/big_band.jpg)LeRoy Neiman, Big Band, 2005 (LeRoy Neiman / Photo by Richard Strauss, NMAH)
Reflecting on the trio of jazz giants’ legacy, curator Theo Gonzalves looks to a LeRoy Nieman painting (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-appreciation-month-dream-band-and-25-million-keep-music-alive-180954811/) on view at the National Museum of American History.
Called Big Band (https://americanhistory.si.edu/leroy-neimans-big-band-now-display), it “features 18 of the greatest performers and composers of American music,” says Gonzalves. “When musicians like Wallace Roney, Bucky Pizarelli, and Ellis Marsalis pass away, we are lucky that we can take some solace by listening to their recordings. But isn’t it a comforting thought as well to imagine them, in a way that Nieman does, performing in concert for eternity?”
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 17, 2020, 12:14:27 PM
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/16/entertainment/brian-dennehy-dead/index.html (https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/16/entertainment/brian-dennehy-dead/index.html)
Brian Dennehy passes from natural causes
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 22, 2020, 04:44:32 PM
*https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/04/21/mike-curtis-fierce-linebacker-for-colts-dies-at-77/111579036/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/04/21/mike-curtis-fierce-linebacker-for-colts-dies-at-77/111579036/)*
Mike Curtis great Colts LB passes away
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Post by: CWSooner on April 23, 2020, 10:37:22 AM
I remember him well from Super Bowl V.  I was a Colts fan (thanks to Mr. John Unitas), and he made the interception that set up the game-winning FG by Jim O'Brien.
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Post by: Kris60 on April 23, 2020, 10:43:05 AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HdP2G7UtS9I

RIP Mike Curtis 
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Post by: ELA on May 04, 2020, 10:32:10 AM
RIP Don Shula.  Didn't realize he was 90
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 04, 2020, 04:27:59 PM
Said He grew up 50 miles from the hall of fame but took him 67 years to get there
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Post by: ELA on May 09, 2020, 11:02:39 AM
Little Richard died.

To be honest, I would have assumed he had already died
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Post by: Kris60 on May 09, 2020, 11:23:50 AM
Little Richard died.

To be honest, I would have assumed he had already died
Jeez, me too. In fact, I was mindlessly flipping through channels the other day and he was in some movie and I wondered how old it was because I assumed he had been dead a while.
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 09, 2020, 05:04:44 PM
Little Richard died.

To be honest, I would have assumed he had already died
That's exatly what I thought and how I responded when Cindy told me
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Post by: FearlessF on May 10, 2020, 09:14:44 AM
I assumed he was still alive

a true R&R legend
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Post by: ELA on May 11, 2020, 09:39:58 AM
Jerry Stiller died of natural causes at 92
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Post by: longhorn320 on May 11, 2020, 09:53:14 AM
Jerry Stiller died of natural causes at 92
Festivus for the rest of us
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Post by: GopherRock on May 11, 2020, 09:56:53 AM
Little Richard died.

To be honest, I would have assumed he had already died
Who woulda thunk that Jerry Lee Lewis would be the last one standing of the original R&R giants?
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Post by: MrNubbz on May 11, 2020, 11:22:55 AM
Goodness gracious 
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Post by: MarqHusker on May 11, 2020, 11:31:50 AM
I would have assumed LR dead as well.
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Post by: ELA on June 03, 2020, 10:52:59 AM
RIP Johnny Majors

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/college/university-of-tennessee/football/2020/06/03/johnny-majors-dies-tennessee-football-vols-pittsburgh-obituary/2957824001/ (https://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/college/university-of-tennessee/football/2020/06/03/johnny-majors-dies-tennessee-football-vols-pittsburgh-obituary/2957824001/)
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 06, 2020, 04:39:15 PM
Charlie Daniels - Rest in Peace,great singer/songwriter/composer

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/arts/music/charlie-daniels-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/arts/music/charlie-daniels-dead.html)

https://youtu.be/mkH79huZkd0?t=2
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 24, 2020, 08:35:02 AM
https://oklahoman.com/article/5667484/ou-football-john-blake-former-sooners-coach-and-player-dies-at-age-59 (https://oklahoman.com/article/5667484/ou-football-john-blake-former-sooners-coach-and-player-dies-at-age-59)

OU football: John Blake, former Sooners coach and player, dies at age 59
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Post by: FearlessF on July 24, 2020, 11:10:35 AM
former Husker assistant
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on July 25, 2020, 03:32:09 PM
Regis Philbin, 88
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Post by: MarqHusker on July 25, 2020, 03:40:54 PM
Legit college football fan.  I saw a good panel he was on once and he knew his college football.
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Post by: ELA on July 25, 2020, 04:31:33 PM
The news yesterday that Notre Dame may play in the ACC this year was probably too much for him.
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 25, 2020, 07:19:13 PM
Damn Regis had a good run
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Post by: CWSooner on July 26, 2020, 12:22:09 AM
https://oklahoman.com/article/5667484/ou-football-john-blake-former-sooners-coach-and-player-dies-at-age-59 (https://oklahoman.com/article/5667484/ou-football-john-blake-former-sooners-coach-and-player-dies-at-age-59)

OU football: John Blake, former Sooners coach and player, dies at age 59
Our worst-ever HFC.
He could not coach his way out of a wet paper bag.
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Post by: Hawkinole on July 26, 2020, 01:12:04 AM
But, he had some redeeming qualities, didn't he?
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Post by: FearlessF on July 26, 2020, 09:01:01 AM
he could recruit
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Post by: Hawkinole on July 27, 2020, 12:25:40 AM
he could recruit
Re: John Blake former OU coach.

I think you are right. I read that.
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Post by: FearlessF on July 27, 2020, 09:49:29 AM
that's why he was hired at Nebraska
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Post by: CWSooner on July 27, 2020, 10:40:20 AM
He was a dirty recruiter.  He got UNC put on probation for his recruiting.  He was working there for his old H.S. science teacher/football coach Butch Davis.
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Post by: FearlessF on July 27, 2020, 10:47:18 AM
but effective

recruited at OU a long time w/o getting in real trouble
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Post by: CWSooner on July 27, 2020, 12:11:18 PM
Yep.  I'm sure he was dirty at OU too.  Leopard doesn't change his spots.
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Post by: ELA on July 29, 2020, 01:47:49 PM
Lou Henson, who coached at Illinois for two decades, including reaching the Final 4 in 1989 (with probably the best team in the country) before being upset by Michigan, dies at 88

https://247sports.com/college/illinois/Article/Hall-of-Fame-Illinois-Fighting-Illini-basketball-coach-Lou-Henson-passes-at-88-years-old-149640431/ (https://247sports.com/college/illinois/Article/Hall-of-Fame-Illinois-Fighting-Illini-basketball-coach-Lou-Henson-passes-at-88-years-old-149640431/)
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Post by: MrNubbz on July 29, 2020, 02:05:45 PM
Evidently when he went back to New Mexico State after one coach got canned for violations Henson worked for 1.00 a game to help the program out.That's a throw back,RIP Coach
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Post by: ELA on August 01, 2020, 11:48:49 PM
RIP Wilford Brimley
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Post by: MarqHusker on August 02, 2020, 12:12:52 AM
He took quite a beating from Tom Cruise.  Great role in that film.  He was out 'West' mostly, and had a ranch near Greybull, WY for awhile.  My Dad would take us bird hunting near there when we'd visit.  I actually dragged my wife pheasant hunting one time.  He said that Brimley lived in town but had this big ranch to the north that he'd work.  I think he sold it some time ago.    
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on August 02, 2020, 12:20:33 AM
He was one of those guys who looked old and looked the same since I was a kid.  Wow.

I loved how he'd say "diabeetiss" and he was the Quaker Oats guy.....but he was mostly an all-time great character actor.  Despite sticking out and being very distinct, he always did a great job.
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Post by: CWSooner on August 02, 2020, 12:44:29 AM
Rickey Dixon, maybe OU's best-ever cornerback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died of ALS (suspected to have been induced by multiple concussions) today at age 53.
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 02, 2020, 07:55:56 AM
RIP Wilford Brimley
He was great in absence of Malice with Paul Newman and Sally Field.Though he had a small roll
Rickey Dixon, maybe OU's best-ever cornerback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died of ALS (suspected to have been induced by multiple concussions) died today at age 53.
A very dear aunt died of that and 2 guys I knew thru the years - truly heinous disease,RIP
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Post by: FearlessF on August 02, 2020, 08:05:24 AM
Rickey Dixon, maybe OU's best-ever cornerback, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died of ALS (suspected to have been induced by multiple concussions) died today at age 53.
great player

headline on HuskerMax:

Rickey Dixon, whose two interceptions helped Oklahoma beat the Huskers in a No. 1-vs.-2 showdown in 1987, has died at age 53 after a lengthy battle with ALS.
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Post by: CWSooner on August 02, 2020, 01:30:30 PM
ALS has got to be one of the worst ways to go.

A buddy of mine died of Parkinson's in June.  It wasn't a very good sight watching him deteriorate over the last 12 years either.
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 02, 2020, 02:02:20 PM
Yup another one that needs to be kicked to the curb
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Post by: MarqHusker on August 09, 2020, 09:57:45 PM
Kamala died.    Apparently a lot of people misinterpreted 'Kamala',  aka James Harris, as CA. Sen. Kamala Harris.

He was a frightening character/wrestler when I was a kid.   Amazing athleticism in the ring.  Certain, his character wouldn't fly these days.

He had a handler,  made grunting sounds,  the face paint and Ugandan backstory.  Fantastic WWF villain.
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Post by: Kris60 on August 09, 2020, 10:03:31 PM
Kamala died.    Apparently a lot of people misinterpreted 'Kamala',  aka James Harris, as CA. Sen. Kamala Harris.

He was a frightening character/wrestler when I was a kid.  Amazing athleticism in the ring.  Certain, his character wouldn't fly these days.

He had a handler,  made grunting sounds,  the face paint and Ugandan backstory.  Fantastic WWF villain.
If I’m not mistaken diabetes had cost him both legs already.  But yeah, he was a great villain. Scared the shit out of me as a kid.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on August 10, 2020, 11:33:24 PM
RIP:  the college football season
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Post by: ELA on August 27, 2020, 11:18:01 PM
RIP Midnight Lute
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Post by: CatsbyAZ on August 28, 2020, 09:49:40 AM
RIP Midnight Lute

Lute was Tucson. Nothing in the last 40 years could mean as much as he did to Tucson. Glad I was there for part of it. Even if it was towards the end. RIP Coach.


https://twitter.com/APlayersProgram/status/1299194238089883648
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Post by: FearlessF on August 28, 2020, 09:51:55 AM
I enjoyed Lute while he was in Iowa City

rooted for his teams
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Post by: HawkFrenzy on August 28, 2020, 11:44:49 AM
Two former coaches at Iowa who gave their respective programs a rebirth, ironically at the same time, have died over the course of the past nine months. Now together again. RIP Lute and Hayden. 
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Post by: ELA on August 28, 2020, 12:25:05 PM
Two former coaches at Iowa who gave their respective programs a rebirth, ironically at the same time, have died over the course of the past nine months. Now together again. RIP Lute and Hayden.
I believe Roy Williams and Eddie Sutton are the only other coaches with 150+ wins at two major conference schools
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Post by: ELA on August 28, 2020, 11:53:43 PM
Wow, Chadwick Boseman.

Quiet 4 year battle with colon cancer, just 43.  Phenomenal actor.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on August 29, 2020, 01:03:53 AM
Just a few days ago I had the urge to watch his James Brown bio flick.  

Obviously, being healthy is better than being unhealthy, but you never know.
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Post by: ELA on August 29, 2020, 11:36:31 AM
Damn, Clifford Robinson dead at 53.

Was a big part in the Pistons' breakout season in 01-02, unfortunately gone before the title team
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Post by: Kris60 on August 31, 2020, 08:19:55 AM
John Thompson, legendary Georgetown coach, dies at 78.  His Hoya teams with Patrick Ewing were iconic.  Won one national championship but was 3 points short of winning 3.
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Post by: bayareabadger on August 31, 2020, 08:36:17 AM
Damn, Clifford Robinson dead at 53.

Was a big part in the Pistons' breakout season in 01-02, unfortunately gone before the title team

Really good longtime pro and early stretch 4/5
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Post by: ELA on August 31, 2020, 09:18:45 AM
John Thompson, legendary Georgetown coach, dies at 78.  His Hoya teams with Patrick Ewing were iconic.  Won one national championship but was 3 points short of winning 3.
I would have guessed he was older than that.  He looked about 78 when he retired, which had to have been two decades ago.
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Post by: MrNubbz on August 31, 2020, 09:29:50 AM
That's what i was thinking what did he pass from?Be suprised if it wasn't COVID
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Post by: FearlessF on August 31, 2020, 09:45:12 AM
I was a huge Hoya fan back in the day

Big John!
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 02, 2020, 08:35:27 PM
Tom Seaver died.  
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Post by: longhorn320 on September 02, 2020, 09:17:13 PM
Tom Seaver died. 
just saw that

man do I feel old
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Post by: ELA on September 02, 2020, 09:33:02 PM
Tom Seaver died. 
The earliest piece of sports memorabilia my dad had was a Tom Seaver autograph from Spring Training in 1969.  Rest in Peace
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Post by: MarqHusker on September 02, 2020, 10:01:51 PM
IIRC, he had a really tough last few years, dementia and lyme's disease.  He vanished from public eye.   I know he's the Mets' greatest maybe even most beloved franchise player, but my first impression of him was w the Reds, he was really good in that strike season in '81, overshadowed by Fernando.
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Post by: CWSooner on September 02, 2020, 11:31:44 PM
I just saw it.  Wow.

Tom Terrific.  Rest in peace.
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Post by: fezzador on September 03, 2020, 10:16:08 AM
311 wins and 2.86 career ERA - we may never see those numbers again.

Heck, we may never see another pitcher with 3500 career strikeouts for that matter.  Verlander is the only active pitcher with 3000 career K's (just barely), and there's no guarantee he'll get another 500 more.  If I was a betting man, I'd bet against it.  And if he does make it, my guess is he'd be the last in my lifetime.
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Post by: ELA on September 03, 2020, 10:38:52 AM
311 wins and 2.86 career ERA - we may never see those numbers again.

Heck, we may never see another pitcher with 3500 career strikeouts for that matter.  Verlander is the only active pitcher with 3000 career K's (just barely), and there's no guarantee he'll get another 500 more.  If I was a betting man, I'd bet against it.  And if he does make it, my guess is he'd be the last in my lifetime.
We'll see.  Guys won't get the innings, or the wins, but K rates are up.

If Cole hadn't spent the start of his career in a place that taught pitch to contact, he could have done it
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Post by: fezzador on September 03, 2020, 11:35:46 AM
We'll see.  Guys won't get the innings, or the wins, but K rates are up.

If Cole hadn't spent the start of his career in a place that taught pitch to contact, he could have done it
K's are definitely up the past couple of seasons.  It's been a while since Randy Johnson retired - it was not uncommon for someone with as few as 220 K's lead their league until fairly recently. 

Pitchers are definitely not getting their innings like they used to, as pitch count is still a major factor, plus some clubs are toying with "openers" (i.e. guys who pitch the first couple of innings alone to get a few quick outs) and 6-man rotations.  Though there are a few out there, there just aren't as many top-notch staff aces like there were 15, 20 years ago.  Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were the 2 and 3 guys respectively in their heyday, but both were good enough to be the #1 on multiple clubs.  I think that would still be true even today.

I think injuries (at least more serious ones) are becoming more commonplace in baseball, and I also don't think careers are quite as long as they have been in the past.  I think more baseball players are content to call it a career at 35 than to push into their late 30s/early 40s.  Baseball isn't the concussion machine football or hockey are, but CTE is not unheard of in the sport.
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Post by: ELA on September 03, 2020, 12:20:06 PM
Too many of these guys have been doing nothing but pitch, year round, since they were 12.
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Post by: Riffraft on September 03, 2020, 01:03:29 PM
Tom Seaver died. 
My favorite baseball player of all time.

I have just about every baseball of his. 

Even though I lived in Ohio, I was never a Reds fan until they traded for Tom Seaver. So missed the big red machine years, but did get the wire to wire season. Now I just get loss after loss
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Benthere2 on September 03, 2020, 01:16:56 PM
that is a lot of balls!
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on September 03, 2020, 02:38:10 PM
that is a lot of balls!
Haha, that was my thought
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 03, 2020, 03:18:45 PM
My favorite baseball player of all time.

I have just about every baseball of his.


Johnny Bench is Riffraft!
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Riffraft on September 04, 2020, 01:46:08 PM
Johnny Bench is Riffraft!
LOL. Proofreading would help.  Just about every baseball CARD
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on September 04, 2020, 05:37:15 PM
Johnny Bench is Riffraft!
I dunno Jerry Grote maybe
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on September 06, 2020, 07:04:35 PM
Damn

https://twitter.com/PeteAbe/status/1302740155137249295?s=19
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on September 06, 2020, 07:33:12 PM
I hadn't heard.  Damn.

I've been a Cardinals fan since 3rd grade, when Tulsa's AA baseball club (the Oilers) was a Cards' farm team.

Brock arrived in StL in 1964.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on September 17, 2020, 08:52:15 AM
LINCOLN — Larry Frost, the father of Nebraska football coach Scott Frost, has died.

Steve Frost, Scott’s older brother, announced their father’s death on Facebook Wednesday night. Larry Frost was 73.

“Today, my good father Larry Frost went home to be with the Good Father and his Son. We love you, Dad,’’ Steve Frost wrote.

Larry Frost played at NU from 1966 to 1969 after a record-setting career in eight-man football at Malcolm. He coached his sons in high school while compiling a career record of 180-52-3.

Larry grew up on the dairy farm his parents managed on the highway between Lincoln and Malcolm. When Scott Frost joined his father last fall in entering the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame together, the NU coach shared that Larry was born with a cleft palate that required about a dozen surgeries before he was 8.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 18, 2020, 08:07:10 PM
Rip RBG
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on September 18, 2020, 08:44:03 PM
any chance Trump can have another Justice appointed before the election?
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on September 18, 2020, 08:44:20 PM
Thread locking in...3...2...
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: betarhoalphadelta on September 18, 2020, 08:47:37 PM
Yep. Take it to another thread. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on September 18, 2020, 08:49:28 PM
I suppose a simple question could spark a lengthy discussion with this group

sorry
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 18, 2020, 08:54:52 PM
It's the obit thread not a 'what's now ' thread 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Kris60 on September 23, 2020, 09:35:02 AM
Gale Sayers dies at 77.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Kris60 on September 23, 2020, 11:26:30 AM
Joe Lauranitis, aka Road Warrior Animal, passes away at age 60.  Also the father of former Ohio St LB James  Lauranitis.


Loved, loved, loved the Road Warriors when I was a kid.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on September 23, 2020, 02:12:39 PM
1963 Nebraska vs Kansas: Gale Sayers 99 yd run - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=N9omxdn9HAY&feature=emb_logo)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on September 23, 2020, 02:34:39 PM
1963 Nebraska vs Kansas: Gale Sayers 99 yd run - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=N9omxdn9HAY&feature=emb_logo)
man among boys


it was clear he was the fastest player on the field

Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on September 23, 2020, 03:30:11 PM
the Kansas Comet!
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on September 23, 2020, 03:37:04 PM
Gale ran over my Dad in high school in Omaha.  Spoke reverently of Gale zig zagging up and down the field.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on September 23, 2020, 04:50:11 PM
1963 Nebraska vs Kansas: Gale Sayers 99 yd run - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=N9omxdn9HAY&feature=emb_logo)
Gutsy pitch call from their own 1
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on September 23, 2020, 06:12:35 PM
The Animal passed away at 60.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on September 23, 2020, 06:28:37 PM
Gale Sayers dies at 77.
The Kansas Comet - he had moves you can't really describe almost seemed to shift directions in mid air.DR J is the only other guy that I remember who could do that.RIP Gale
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on September 24, 2020, 11:13:10 AM
(https://www.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Road-Warrior-Animal-1040x572.jpg)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on September 30, 2020, 06:05:37 PM
Mac Davis and Helen Reddy,RIP
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on September 30, 2020, 06:16:15 PM
Mac Davis and Helen Reddy,RIP
In the Ghetto came on the radio a couple weeks back.  Aged even worse than you would have expected it to.  But A Little Less Conversation might be my favorite Elvis song.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on September 30, 2020, 07:50:18 PM
Thought you'd like Jail House Rock,maybe that's Sam
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 03, 2020, 12:01:33 AM
Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame pitcher from Omaha, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 84.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: fezzador on October 03, 2020, 09:20:34 AM
Fellow Omahanian Gale Sayers greeted Gibby with a high five at the pearly gates
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on October 03, 2020, 11:55:09 PM
Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame pitcher from Omaha, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 84.
one of the greatest MLB pitchers ever

100 mph fastball 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 04, 2020, 12:08:40 AM
They lowered the mound because of him RIP BOB
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Kris60 on October 04, 2020, 11:08:25 AM
Gibson’s ‘68 season is one for the ages. 1.12 ERA and 13 (13!) shutouts.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on October 04, 2020, 03:40:23 PM
Big Bob was not afraid to go high and tight, that's for sure. RIP to the best pitcher ever.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on October 04, 2020, 05:24:33 PM
Gibson appeared in 27 games where he drove in more runs than the opponent scored.    Some dude is still researching other candidates .  Thus far Drysdale has 24 such instances. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on October 06, 2020, 04:04:19 PM
Eddie Van Halen dies at 65
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: utee94 on October 06, 2020, 04:11:48 PM
Eddie Van Halen dies at 65
Just saw the news.

RIP Guitar Hero
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on October 06, 2020, 04:41:59 PM
Dammit.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Honestbuckeye on October 06, 2020, 04:48:15 PM
Rrrgh.  2020 can suck it. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on October 06, 2020, 05:28:24 PM
Pretty good rock band could be formed this year between EVH and N. Peart passing this year.

Van Halen was my first concert in 1986.  Talk about deep memories from childhood.  His guitar sound is so distinctive.   
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 06, 2020, 05:30:56 PM
one of the greatest of all time, for sure

saw him back in the 80s in Omaha
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: utee94 on October 06, 2020, 05:34:41 PM
I saw them live for the 5150, OU812, and F.U.C.K. tours.  Eddie has been covered and mimicked by some amazing guitarists, but nobody will ever be able to duplicate his ability and sound.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: DevilFroggy on October 06, 2020, 06:03:08 PM
Never was the biggest VH fan but won't even attempt to deny the greatness of EVH and his massive influence. This is definitely an awful loss.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 06, 2020, 06:09:28 PM
Never was the biggest VH fan but won't even attempt to deny the greatness of EVH and his massive influence. This is definitely an awful loss.
That's where I am
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on October 06, 2020, 07:12:24 PM
(https://media2.giphy.com/media/xT9IgtKm9uSf2PJf68/source.gif)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: utee94 on October 06, 2020, 07:30:45 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDsKGyu0F98
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 06, 2020, 08:44:11 PM
Never was the biggest VH fan but won't even attempt to deny the greatness of EVH and his massive influence. This is definitely an awful loss.
I'm guessing youse guys are just too young

rocked the world in 1978.  I was 16 and it was great stuff for a high school kid
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: DevilFroggy on October 06, 2020, 09:07:26 PM
I'm guessing youse guys are just too young

rocked the world in 1978.  I was 16 and it was great stuff for a high school kid
It really has nothing to do with my age, I'm a huge fan of tons of bands from the same era as VH or older (Queen, Beatles, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Pink Floyd for example) it's just VH never appealed to me as much. I definitely wouldn't say I dislike them or anything, just that I never went out of my way to listen to them.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 06, 2020, 09:10:11 PM
Diamond David Lee could be annoying
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 06, 2020, 09:11:35 PM
I'm guessing youse guys are just too young

rocked the world in 1978.  I was 16 and it was great stuff for a high school kid
No, I love bands older than them. I don't dislike them at all.  I think I have a Greatest Hits CD somewhere.  They were just never a go to.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on October 06, 2020, 10:36:29 PM
The front man drama was always a problem, granted the two brothers were likely responsible for some of that but they were really done in by themselves.   Pretty impressive run.   I dont even really acknowledge or care about the Cherone era.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 06, 2020, 11:22:50 PM
rough 3 year run
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: ELA on October 06, 2020, 11:26:35 PM
I did pick Hot For Teacher for the garter song at our wedding.  So there's that.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: 847badgerfan on October 07, 2020, 04:56:00 AM
The front man drama was always a problem, granted the two brothers were likely responsible for some of that but they were really done in by themselves.  Pretty impressive run.  I dont even really acknowledge or care about the Cherone era.
They wrecked Extreme.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 07, 2020, 08:22:57 AM
I did pick Hot For Teacher for the garter song at our wedding.  So there's that.
Careful OAM may read that wrong! 😜
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 07, 2020, 09:09:23 AM
I don't feel tardy
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 07, 2020, 09:13:48 AM
I don't feel tardy
You get a hall pass....and a Yuengling
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 07, 2020, 09:45:29 AM
I brought my pencil!
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 08, 2020, 11:13:41 AM
(https://scontent.ffod1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/121057463_10158722424326878_3669531857265690270_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=0ZwbR_wk-QEAX8Yveut&_nc_ht=scontent.ffod1-1.fna&oh=8ced0be756dd8ec0121875c8c9bfc322&oe=5FA452A6)
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on October 11, 2020, 09:56:53 PM
I can name that dead game show host in two notes.

RIP Tom Kennedy.  I was just explaining this marvelous show to one of teams recently. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 11, 2020, 09:58:24 PM
had a good run

93 years
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 11, 2020, 10:16:12 PM
Damn didn't recognize the name but the face brought back memories,yup not a bad run
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on October 11, 2020, 10:29:54 PM
He was out of Central casting as a game show host,  great pipes and presence but i always forgot his name.  
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 12, 2020, 10:59:46 AM
Hall-of-Fame baseball infielder Joe Morgan has died, according to USA TODY's Bob Nightengale. He was 77 years old.

A 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion, Morgan spent more than two decades in Major League Baseball, debuting with Houston Colt .45s in 1963 before ultimately retiring with the Oakland Athletics in 1984. Morgan played for six different teams over the course of his professional career.

Morgan was perhaps best known for his time playing with the Cincinnati Reds from 1972-1979. Morgan won World Series titles with Cincinnati in 1975 and 1976, and was also named NL MVP in both of those seasons. Morgan additionally won five Gold Glove Awards, all of which also came during his time with the Reds and has since had his No. 8 retired by the franchise.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on October 12, 2020, 11:33:34 AM
Hall-of-Fame baseball infielder Joe Morgan has died, according to USA TODY's Bob Nightengale. He was 77 years old.

A 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion, Morgan spent more than two decades in Major League Baseball, debuting with Houston Colt .45s in 1963 before ultimately retiring with the Oakland Athletics in 1984. Morgan played for six different teams over the course of his professional career.

Morgan was perhaps best known for his time playing with the Cincinnati Reds from 1972-1979. Morgan won World Series titles with Cincinnati in 1975 and 1976, and was also named NL MVP in both of those seasons. Morgan additionally won five Gold Glove Awards, all of which also came during his time with the Reds and has since had his No. 8 retired by the franchise.

I remember sitting in the stands watching Joe play 2nd base for the 45s

course I hated him when he played for the Reds cause he could beat you in so many ways
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 19, 2020, 06:21:22 PM
Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100

Sid Hartman was, for all of his 100-plus years, a hometown guy.

Born on the North Side of Minneapolis on March 15, 1920, he worked for newspapers in his hometown for nearly his entire life, until his death on Sunday afternoon.

From a humble start selling newspapers on the street in 1928, he wrote about sports for the Star Tribune for the ensuing decades. He was still writing three columns a week, his final one appearing on the day he died.

“My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” his son, Chad Hartman, tweeted early Sunday afternoon, announcing his passing.

“I want to make it clear — he didn’t die from COVID — but COVID took away the enjoyment from his life by making him stay home,” his son said later. “It took away the chance to see the people he liked. It took away his zest, not being able to go four, five different places every day and to laugh, to get on people and have them get on him.”

Sid Hartman also was for decades a radio voice on WCCO.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on October 23, 2020, 09:14:21 AM
With heavy hearts, the Minnesota Vikings family mourns the loss of Matt Blair.

A player of unmatched skill on the field, Matt's generosity and spirit in the community was equally unique. Always willing to help a teammate or support a worthy cause, Matt's life was vibrant. He brought joy to everyone he touched.

"Matt Blair was a great presence at Vikings events and a tremendous teammate long after playing. He embodied the best of what it means to be a Viking," said Vikings Owner Mark Wilf. "Matt is a Ring of Honor player whose legacy will live on forever with the franchise and in the community he loved."

Blair passed away Thursday at age 70.

Drafted in the second round out of Iowa State in 1974, Blair played all 12 of his NFL seasons for the Vikings (1974-85). He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second-most in team history.


After becoming a starter in 1976, Blair went to six consecutive Pro Bowls (1977-82) and earned a First-Team All-Pro selection from The Associated Press in 1980.

Blair holds the team record with 20 blocked kicks (16 PAT, 3FGs, 1 punt) and also recorded more sacks (23) and interceptions (16) than any linebacker in team history.

A part of Vikings teams that reached Super Bowls IX and XI, Blair recovered two fumbles by the Rams in Minnesota's 24-13 victory in the 1976 NFC Championship.

Blair was named to the 50 Greatest Vikings in 2010 and inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor on Oct. 25, 2012.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on October 23, 2020, 09:23:37 AM
Blair was a baller,on some very,very good teams but just short of Super.RIP MB
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: OrangeAfroMan on October 25, 2020, 06:37:50 PM
RIP Jerry Jeff Walker

Country crooner, mostly of the 70s and 80s.  He brought Jimmy Buffett to Key West.  Had some good songs.  Mostly played in Texas the last 20 years.  Had a camp down in Belize for fans to go down and hang out with him and stuff.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on November 01, 2020, 03:19:32 PM
RIP Billy Tubbs.  Some fun teams at OU.  Hard to believe they lost to Danny.  A lot of similarities to the Nova v Gtown upset.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Honestbuckeye on November 08, 2020, 12:42:16 PM
Alex Trebek.    RIP Legend. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on November 08, 2020, 04:57:53 PM
What is.... too bad?  Impossible replacement gig.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on November 08, 2020, 05:28:54 PM
Vanna White
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on November 08, 2020, 06:46:19 PM
Drew Carey looks bored and depressed doing TPIR  . I'm sure he reminds himself what he's paid and it soothes. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on November 13, 2020, 04:12:08 PM
An all-time American football legend has gone away with Paul Hornung, Notre Dame’s Golden Boy, dead aged 84.

Hornung was a high school star in Louisville, Kentucky, lettering all four years in each of the American Big Three: Football, Basketball, and Baseball. One of the mega recruits of his era, Hornung picked South Bend and the lore of the Fighting Irish over a young head coach called Bear Bryant and his fledgling Kentucky Wildcats program.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on December 05, 2020, 10:19:33 PM
David Lander who played Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley passed away at 73

Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Hawkinole on December 06, 2020, 12:41:29 AM
My Great Aunt Maxine on 12/4/2020, at 101, two weeks shy of 102. She was loved.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on December 06, 2020, 01:11:59 AM
I'll never forget attending a 100 year old's birthday party.   Amazing people.   May your aunt Rip. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 06, 2020, 10:02:38 AM
my Grandmother, who lived in the house next to mine growing up, celebrated her 102nd birthday years ago

my ex-wife's grandmother lived to be 103

great ladies
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on December 06, 2020, 10:05:24 AM
Vanna White

She's still kicking. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on December 06, 2020, 10:12:01 AM
Has anyone had such a good income and next to no stress that came with the Position?I mean even the letters are lit for her,show up on time,pick out some clean clothes and one foot in front of the other - pretty much it
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 06, 2020, 10:13:19 AM
coaching the bengals?
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on December 06, 2020, 10:14:21 AM
Has anyone had such a good income and next to no stress that came with the Position?I mean even the letters are lit for her,show up on time,pick out some clean clothes and one foot in front of the other - pretty much it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gocPZA0HLA&ab_channel=%22WeirdAl%22Yankovic-Topic
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on December 06, 2020, 11:15:54 AM
Has anyone had such a good income and next to no stress that came with the Position?I mean even the letters are lit for her,show up on time,pick out some clean clothes and one foot in front of the other - pretty much it
She is paid $10 million per year

I'd say she has it made
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on December 07, 2020, 11:17:25 PM
Chuck Yeager dead at 97
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on December 07, 2020, 11:22:48 PM
Dick Allen died.   Decent chance the Baseball HOF vet committee would have elected him this year if CV didn't cancel the meet/vote.  A very complicated man and  career.  RIP. 
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: CWSooner on December 08, 2020, 08:04:38 AM
Chuck Yeager dead at 97
I just came here to post that.
I recommend Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.  The book moreso than the movie.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 08, 2020, 01:28:34 PM
US Air Force officer and test pilot Chuck Yeager, known as "the fastest man alive," has died at the age of 97.

Yeager broke the sound barrier when he tested the X-1 in October 1947, although the feat was not announced to the public until 1948.
His second wife, Victoria, confirmed to CNN Monday night that Yeager had passed after she tweeted from Yeager's verified Twitter account that the World War II flying ace had died.
"An incredible life well lived, America's greatest pilot," she tweeted.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on December 08, 2020, 01:41:47 PM
US Air Force officer and test pilot Chuck Yeager, known as "the fastest man alive," has died at the age of 97.

Yeager broke the sound barrier when he tested the X-1 in October 1947, although the feat was not announced to the public until 1948.
His second wife, Victoria, confirmed to CNN Monday night that Yeager had passed after she tweeted from Yeager's verified Twitter account that the World War II flying ace had died.
"An incredible life well lived, America's greatest pilot," she tweeted.

Fearless do you read the previous posts before you post something?

A whole new world will open to you.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: betarhoalphadelta on December 08, 2020, 01:45:20 PM
I had no clue Yeager was even still alive at this point. That's more of a surprise to me than to hear of his passing. 

I spent a couple years of my childhood wanting to be a test pilot after learning about him. Knew all about the various X planes, was deeply interested in the skunk works, etc...

Amazing that I could have supported such arcane interests in the pre-internet world... IIRC, I read about all these things in... Books?! That can't be right...
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: OrangeAfroMan on December 08, 2020, 01:51:10 PM
I just saw a doc about him like 2 months ago.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 08, 2020, 02:00:36 PM
Fearless do you read the previous posts before you post something?

A whole new world will open to you.
I don't always read the previous posts, but when I do they're just a bunch of political crap that Utee hasn't deleted yet
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: longhorn320 on December 08, 2020, 02:13:22 PM
I don't always read the previous posts, but when I do they're just a bunch of political crap that Utee hasn't deleted yet
someone would have to be pretty anal to post political stuff on the obit thread
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on December 08, 2020, 02:43:57 PM
Unless the dweebs in DC are going toes up - then let her rip
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: FearlessF on December 08, 2020, 02:46:27 PM
someone would have to be pretty anal to post political stuff on the obit thread
MrNubbz is watching and posting
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on December 08, 2020, 02:56:09 PM
Just pointing out Political hacks dropping dead could be discussed here.With out much remorse I might add
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on December 08, 2020, 03:34:44 PM
John Lennon was shot and killed 40 yrs ago today
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: Brutus Buckeye on December 08, 2020, 03:36:25 PM
THE GAME
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: betarhoalphadelta on December 08, 2020, 05:59:23 PM
THE GAME
Not dead. Just in a coma this year.
Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MrNubbz on December 22, 2020, 09:58:12 AM
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/kevin-greene-hall-of-fame-pass-rusher-who-played-with-four-teams-in-15-nfl-seasons-dies-at-58/

Kevin Greene, Hall of Fame pass rusher who played with four teams in 15 NFL seasons, dies at 58

Title: Re: OT: Obituaries Thread
Post by: MarqHusker on December 27, 2020, 02:08:12 PM
HoF pitcher Phil Niekro, died at the age of 81. RIP.
Niekro had a fascinating career.  The guy won only 31 games in his 20s.   Then runs off 166 victories in his 30s, and 114 in his 40s, as a knuckleballer.   2020 has taken quite the rotation.  Gibson. Ford, Seaver, Niekro and Larsen.

I think Niekro could have passed for 60 when he was 35.  I saw him pitch when he pitched in the AL  Began his career for the Milwaukee Braves in 1964,  later ATL, and I remember he had some time with Yanks, Indians and even Toronto before he retired with Atlanta in 1987.
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Post by: MarqHusker on December 27, 2020, 02:11:44 PM
Quite the Brave uni wardrobe.
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Post by: Kris60 on December 27, 2020, 05:18:02 PM
HoF pitcher Phil Niekro, died at the age of 81. RIP.
Niekro had a fascinating career.  The guy won only 31 games in his 20s.  Then runs off 166 victories in his 30s, and 114 in his 40s, as a knuckleballer.  2020 has taken quite the rotation.  Gibson. Ford, Seaver, Niekro and Larsen.

I think Niekro could have passed for 60 when he was 35.  I saw him pitch when he pitched in the AL  Began his career for the Milwaukee Braves in 1964,  later ATL, and I remember he had some time with Yanks, Indians and even Toronto before he retired with Atlanta in 1987.
I didn’t realize that about Niekro winning so many games late in his career.
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Post by: MrNubbz on December 27, 2020, 06:35:30 PM
Knucksie pitched for the Tribe back in the mid 80's,great guy and funny.Here's what Bob Eucker(catching for Phil) once said  "Niekro struck out a hitter once and I never touched the ball. It hit me in the shinguard, bounced out to Clete Boyer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clete_Boyer) at third base and he threw out the runner at first. Talk about a weird assist: 2–5–3 on a strikeout.
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Post by: MarqHusker on December 27, 2020, 10:51:48 PM
Uecker has about a dozen yarns jnvolving catching Niekro among other knucklers.  He also got to talk to Niekro's parents every night he pitched when he went to the backstop to retrieve the passed balls.
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Post by: MrNubbz on December 27, 2020, 10:59:47 PM
You've prolly read it but if not try Bob's "Catcher in the Wry"
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Post by: MarqHusker on December 27, 2020, 11:09:08 PM
Yes, it is great stuff.   I also have listened to Uke call Brewers games my entire life.  I think a bunch of Brewers' fans could ghost write an anthology of his tales.  He does PG them for on air but the guy's wit is world class.    He loved talking about Niekro among dozens of other players past and present.
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Post by: MrNubbz on December 27, 2020, 11:17:10 PM
He said something like."I signed with the Braves in '54 for $2,500.00.Which pissed off the old man as we really could have used the money".
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on December 27, 2020, 11:17:52 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/53/99/26539901e0ebdc638f5fa29ac3d8a189.jpg)
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Post by: MarqHusker on December 30, 2020, 07:00:27 PM
Rip Dawn Wells.   Frustrating Gilligan's Island isn't as readily available to watch ar this time.  Seems like a great CV binge for my kids. 
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 04, 2021, 05:15:00 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/03/sports/football/floyd-little-dead.html

Floyd Little, Star Running Back for Syracuse and Broncos, Dies at 78

Gen. Douglas MacArthur urged him to attend West Point, but he became an Orangeman to honor a promise to Ernie Davis.


Damn good back


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Post by: MarqHusker on January 08, 2021, 12:46:56 PM
Rip  Tom Lasorda.

Incredibly colorful character and life, not without his own cringe worthy moments. 

Probably the only human being in history to have his likeness in a photograph punched in the face in a movie.   What is it about Chevy Chase and memorable punches.?  He also doinked the Moose out front. 
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Post by: longhorn320 on January 08, 2021, 01:08:48 PM
Rip  Tom Lasorda.

Incredibly colorful character and life, not without his own cringe worthy moments.

Probably the only human being in history to have his likeness in a photograph punched in the face in a movie.  What is it about Chevy Chase and memorable punches.?  He also doinked the Moose out front.
Never really cared for him but he was a great coach

died at 93
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Post by: FearlessF on January 08, 2021, 01:17:55 PM
I liked Tommy as a person and character

didn't like the Dodgers, but I liked Tommy
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 08, 2021, 02:10:06 PM
When he went on a lecture tour promoting a book a buddy and I got tickets.He gave a good talk for about two hours.Read Jay Johnstone's "Temporary Insanity" lot of good LaSorda stories in it - funny book.RIP Tommy
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 08, 2021, 02:12:18 PM
Rip  Tom Lasorda.
  He also doinked the Moose out front.
Wha..?
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Post by: FearlessF on January 08, 2021, 02:35:23 PM
wally world moose
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on January 08, 2021, 04:15:33 PM
Wha..?
Chevy Chase punch, not Tommy Lasorda punch. 
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Post by: FearlessF on January 08, 2021, 04:29:03 PM
Clark Griswold

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e8/49/d4/e849d4d3bd676dd6e39fd3194c9f8896.jpg)
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 08, 2021, 05:31:50 PM
https://youtu.be/ESzi8eoX7Tc?t=2
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Post by: CWSooner on January 08, 2021, 06:11:39 PM
R.I.P., Tommy.
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Post by: FearlessF on January 22, 2021, 10:58:15 AM
Hall of Famer and longtime home run king Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron died Friday morning, his daughter confirmed to WSB-TV in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves legend was 86.

Aaron, a 25-time All-Star, played in MLB from 1954-76 almost entirely with the Braves organization first in Milwaukee and then in Atlanta. In 1957 he led the organization to their first World Series pennant since 1914. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

He passed Babe Ruth’s on the all-time home run leaderboard in 1974 with his 715th shot. He finished his career with 755. It stood for decades until Barry Bonds passed him and set the mark at 762.

The slugger is still the game’s all-time leader in RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856). He ranks third in career hits (3,771). The outfielder won three Gold Gloves as well as the National League batting titles in 1956 and 1959, the 1957 NL MVP award and the 1970 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for character.

Aaron, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934, overcame racism in the deep south and received death threats while pursuing Babe Ruth’s record. He remained a role model up until his death. He joined civil rights leaders earlier in getting the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this moth to show Black Americans getting vaccinated is safe.
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Post by: ELA on January 22, 2021, 11:14:13 AM
Damn.

Also, I would have guessed he was nearly a decade younger than he was.  Not sure why, but I always think of him as being much younger than Mays
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 22, 2021, 11:43:47 AM
We omitted Don Sutton, may he RIP as well.   Hank Aaron amazing life, one of the nicest celebrity/athletes I've ever met/been around.

Favorite Aaron story.  He and Johnny Logan drove some young fans home from the ballpark, as they didn't have a ride and it was starting to rain.  

Can you imagine?
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Post by: FearlessF on January 22, 2021, 11:56:58 AM
I can imagine Mike Trout giving a couple young fans a ride
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 22, 2021, 12:07:56 PM

Aaron, a 25-time All-Star, played in MLB from 1954-76 almost entirely with the Braves organization first in Milwaukee and then in Atlanta. In 1957 he led the organization to their first World Series pennant since 1914. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

how is that when he played 22 yrs?Anyway Aaron's still the home run king sorry Barry was juicing.
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 22, 2021, 02:16:47 PM
There were two all star games each year for a period of time in his career.
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 22, 2021, 03:08:17 PM
He certainly deserved it,he is a case study on preparation,sportsmanship and staying the course
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Post by: fezzador on January 22, 2021, 04:21:15 PM
Hank Aaron was a class act through and through.

He's one of a very select group of people that probably deserved to live forever.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 23, 2021, 03:23:26 AM
They say he grew up with his hands reversed on the bat, not knowing any better.  
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 23, 2021, 09:25:55 AM
According to Wilbon in 23 seasons Aaron hit 30 or more HRs 8X & 40 or more 7X.In 15 of his 23 seasons hitting between 30-50 HRs and won 2 batting titles also.Excellence & dogged determination got him to the big time and into the Hall not steroids
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Post by: 847badgerfan on January 23, 2021, 09:54:52 AM
So, Larry King.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 23, 2021, 12:45:14 PM
You can take every HR away from him, and Hank Aaron still had 3,000 hits.
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 23, 2021, 12:46:43 PM
It's not just that he still holds the total bases record, but by how much.  The difference between him and 2nd place (Musial) is the same between 2nd and 10th (Yaz). 
That's sick.
And if you're knowledgeable on such things:  19 consecutive seasons of a 140+ OPS+....that's era-neutral, park-neutral.  THAT'S sick.
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Post by: ELA on January 23, 2021, 01:17:19 PM
So, Larry King.
remember when they thought they could replace him with that asshat Piers Morgan?
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Post by: 847badgerfan on January 23, 2021, 01:21:00 PM
Yep. 
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Post by: FearlessF on January 23, 2021, 01:39:49 PM
never watched Larry King
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 23, 2021, 01:57:12 PM
He was reeeeally old for a reeeeally long time.
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Post by: EastAthens on January 23, 2021, 01:58:28 PM
I was a child of the Jim Crowe South and 7 years old when the Braves became the 1st professional sports team in the Deep South. Henry Aaron was the only true hero of my life. It is my opinion he did as much to desegregate the South as MLK did. How the hell is this man less than? Every t-shirt I owned from ages 8-13 had number 44 written on  them. Thankfully, my parents were not racists and did not discourage my Aaron worship.

In 1969 the Braves were swept in 3 in the 1st NL playoff ever but my memory from this is reading where Tom Terrific said every time he closed his eyes the night before the 1st game he could not sleep because all he saw was Bad Henry blasting another ball over the wall.  This was the 1st time I ever knew MLB pitchers all called him Bad Henry instead of Hank.

On GMA this morning, someone did some math and found that in total bases, Aaron is 12 miles ahead of his closest competition and that is 90 feet at a time.

Bon Voyage, Bad Henry and thank you so much.

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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 23, 2021, 04:06:01 PM
I was born in 1980 and Aaron was basically the HR king to me.  Kids learned that early on, but even when I got older and realized how great Ruth and Mays and all were, none of them had the magic of 755.  

THAT was the number above all others.  The most magical number in all of sports, I'd argue.  So while I was too young for him to ever have been my favorite player and other players laid claim to the (non)consensus best player ever, to me, Aaron was always royalty because of 755.  
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Post by: Cincydawg on January 23, 2021, 04:16:20 PM
He was my hero as well, along with Knucksie.  At some point, my father turned into a racist.  I think at work someone black was promoted over him, he worked for the State.

If we watched a game and I said anything positive about Aaron, my dad would run him down, say he was lazy, he smoked, anything bad.  I was old enough by then to suffer silently and not argue.  When I was much younger, my dad made various comments about how it wasn't right how blacks were suppressed.

I am friends with some former Braves now who knew Hank personally and well and they all have had moving stories about him.  It's a pity someone has to die for us to celebrate them this way, but it's reality.  They told me he had not been doing well over the past couple of years.

We had Rico Carty at camp two years ago, he had some great stories about Hank, one how they got into a fight on a plane.  

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Post by: FearlessF on January 23, 2021, 04:47:53 PM
really started watching baseball about 1968 or 69

Hank was at the top of his game and respected as possibly the most dangerous hitter

a few years later age began to take it's toll, but I vividly remember him hitting number 715 to set the record
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 23, 2021, 05:23:14 PM

We had Rico Carty at camp two years ago, he had some great stories about Hank, one how they got into a fight on a plane. 


Dee Big Mon,he played 4 seasons in Cleveland hitting 363 in '74.Did Carty and Hank square off?
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 23, 2021, 05:25:10 PM
My first MLB game in attendance, Hank Aaron was in the lineup at County Stadium as Aaron returned, this time as a Brewer.   As a toddler, I don't remember it of course. 
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Post by: Cincydawg on January 23, 2021, 06:23:41 PM
Dee Big Mon,he played 4 seasons in Cleveland hitting 363 in '74.Did Carty and Hank square off?
Yeah, they had a tussle on a team plane.  Rico said he could recall what it was about, and it didn't last very long, but it made the news.  He was called "De BEEG Boy", which today might be considered pejorative.

Rico once hit a line drive the short stop jumped for and it went over the fence.  He said he rounded first and asked the coach where the ball went.
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Post by: MaximumSam on January 23, 2021, 06:52:14 PM
Legendary Larry King

https://twitter.com/JillFilipovic/status/1353015447885672449?s=19
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 23, 2021, 07:53:08 PM
I like the Seinfeld interview and any number of prank calls King had on the air.
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 24, 2021, 12:08:13 AM
Rico once hit a line drive the short stop jumped for and it went over the fence.  He said he rounded first and asked the coach where the ball went.
I was right down the left field line in Cleveland when Dave Winfield launched a liner with a vapor trail tailing.It never went higher than 6-7 feet,as soon as he swung we heard a thud..Never saw it as we ducked and never did I see a ball hit harder.No inertia was waisted climbing it simply went straight
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Post by: FearlessF on January 24, 2021, 09:33:15 AM
 Winfield launched a liner with a vapor trail tailing.
that's what vapor trails do, they tail
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 24, 2021, 10:34:23 AM
Was this when he fired a pea at the bird?
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 24, 2021, 12:22:45 PM
that's what vapor trails do, they tail
Thank You Aerospace Technician
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Post by: Cincydawg on January 24, 2021, 02:41:25 PM
Terrific bat speed coupled with almost no recoil when the ball contacts the bat, they can give the ball backspin which creates some lift (at the expense of speed).  I have a book here somewhere called "The Physics of Baseball", really good read.
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Post by: FearlessF on January 24, 2021, 03:10:08 PM
I get a bit too much backspin with my driver

too high of launch, less distance
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on January 24, 2021, 07:52:25 PM
The Packers' 2020 season died today.
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Post by: Kris60 on January 29, 2021, 07:05:11 PM
Former Temple coach John Chaney. When WVU was in the A10 in the 80s and early 90s Temple was the class of the league. They had some great battles.   As a kid I hated Chaney and hated his teams.  As I got older I respected what he did there and the kind of mentor he was trying to be to his players.

Probably the best coach to never make the FF. Took Temple to five E8 appearances but could never get over the hump.
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Post by: MarqHusker on January 29, 2021, 09:09:12 PM
He looked 86 yoa when he coached. 
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Post by: FearlessF on January 30, 2021, 09:27:49 AM
watched a ton of his games, some great basketball in the Philly area back then

don't forget his great run at  Cheyney State
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Post by: Brutus Buckeye on January 30, 2021, 11:02:06 AM
He got a lot of crap for his "send in the goons" moment, but I loved it. 

You don't see a lot of tough, physical basketball anymore. 
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Post by: ELA on January 30, 2021, 11:06:36 AM
Probably the best coach to never make the FF. Took Temple to five E8 appearances but could never get over the hump.
I want to say when Temple went from Chaney to Dunphy they maintained employing the active head coach with the most D1 wins without a Final 4.
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Post by: MrNubbz on January 30, 2021, 11:10:20 AM
He got a lot of crap for his "send in the goons" moment, but I loved it.

You don't see a lot of tough, physical basketball anymore.
You thinking of Chuck Daly?
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Post by: MrNubbz on February 09, 2021, 12:04:05 PM
By The
Associated Press


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mary Wilson, one of the original members of the Supremes, the 1960s group that helped establish the Motown sound and propelled Diana Ross to superstardom, has died. She was 76.
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Post by: FearlessF on February 09, 2021, 01:24:35 PM
Marty Schottenheimer, who won 200 regular-season games with four NFL teams thanks to his "Martyball" brand of smashmouth football but regularly fell short in the playoffs, has died. He was 77.

Schottenheimer died Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, a former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014. He was moved to a hospice on Jan. 30.

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winningest coach in NFL history. He went 200-126-1 in 21 seasons with the Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Chargers.

His success was rooted in "Martyball," a conservative approach that featured a strong running game and tough defense. He hated the Raiders and loved the mantra "One play at a time," which he'd holler at his players in the pre-kickoff huddle.

Winning in the regular season was never a problem. Schottenheimer's teams won 10 or more games 11 times, including a 14-2 record with the Chargers in 2006 that earned them the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

It's what happened in January that haunted Schottenheimer, who was just 5-13 in the postseason.


His playoff demons followed him to the end of his career.

In his final game, on Jan. 14, 2007, Schottenheimer's Chargers, featuring NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and a supporting cast of Pro Bowlers, imploded with mind-numbing mistakes and lost a home divisional playoff game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-21.
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Post by: MrNubbz on February 09, 2021, 01:38:06 PM
Jeebus how'd I forget - he gave Bill Cower his 1st gig
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Post by: Kris60 on March 13, 2021, 07:02:23 PM
Marvelous Marvin Hagler. This one stings me a little. Loved that dude as a kid.  My all time favorite fighter.
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Post by: MrNubbz on March 13, 2021, 07:46:00 PM
Damn,great fighter and got jobbed vs Sugar Ray.One of my favorite's,thought I had read he'd joined the clergy.RIP Marvin
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Post by: MarqHusker on March 14, 2021, 12:33:28 PM
To watch the Hearns v Hagler fight today is simply hard to imagine a more exciting fight.   
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Post by: FearlessF on March 22, 2021, 03:15:20 PM
Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor, who followed his illustrious playing career with a decades-long tenure as LA Clippers general manager, has died at the age of 86.

Baylor died of natural causes Monday and was surrounded by his wife, Elaine, and his daughter, Krystal, the Los Angeles Lakers said in a statement.


Baylor's college career included leading Seattle to its only Final Four appearance in 1958, when the team lost to Kentucky in the title game and Baylor was named Most Outstanding Player. After the season, the Lakers picked Baylor first in the NBA draft.

It was actually the second time the Lakers had chosen Baylor in a draft. They picked him in the 14th round in 1956, but Baylor chose to continue playing in college at the time.
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Post by: FearlessF on March 27, 2021, 05:29:07 PM
On his first day as the man in charge of University of Miami football — a moribund program that had churned through five coaches in nine years and was seriously considering dropping to a lower level of competition — Howard Schnellenberger stood before his players and predicted the Hurricanes would win a national championship. Not necessarily that season but eventually.

Nobody could have imagined he would do it within five years. Schnellenberger, the architect of the Hurricanes football dynasty and the founding father of the Florida Atlantic University football program, died on Saturday at 87, leaving behind a legacy that forever changed two South Florida universities.

The cause of death was not disclosed, but Schnellenberger had been in declining health. He suffered a subdural hematoma from a fall last summer, requiring hospitalization.
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Post by: Hawkinole on April 05, 2021, 12:09:26 AM
Not exactly an obituary but two students lost their lives while skulling on Little Wall Lake north of Ames, Iowa, about one-week ago. There were gusty winds and 40 degree waters. It seemed incredible that they were out there. Here is their leader's explanation: ISU Crew Club president recounts events leading up to fatal accident (msn.com) (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/isu-crew-club-president-recounts-events-leading-up-to-fatal-accident/ar-BB1fiBp7?ocid=msedgntp)
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 05, 2021, 09:49:15 AM
That's horrible are life jackets shunned or too restrictive to use while "skulling"?
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Post by: Hawkinole on April 07, 2021, 12:41:39 AM
That's horrible are life jackets shunned or too restrictive to use while "skulling"?
Life jackets are too restrictive to use while skulling.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 14, 2021, 11:42:27 AM
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-madoff-dies-prison/

Hope is was death by Bunga
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on April 14, 2021, 11:55:15 AM
Roughly 10,000 children will die today from starvation.  
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Post by: FearlessF on April 14, 2021, 12:01:03 PM
at the southern border?
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Post by: MarqHusker on April 14, 2021, 02:40:31 PM
Slick Leonard died.  One of the most colorful characters from ABA history.   Coached the Pacers to a couple ABA titles and was a Hoot as a color guy on later Pacers NBA broadcasts.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 14, 2021, 02:56:43 PM
Roughly 10,000 children will die today from starvation. 
as much time as you spend on here the earnings from that second job could have saved one
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on April 14, 2021, 02:58:41 PM
This place is kind of sick.
You guys REALLY value your echo chamber.
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 14, 2021, 04:50:28 PM
So it's that field and not you,ya,OK,we'll go with that :D
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Post by: OrangeAfroMan on April 14, 2021, 05:07:09 PM
So it's that field and not you,ya,OK,we'll go with that :D
Well you send that back my way, and I'm quite likely the poorest person on this board......by an obscene amount.
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Post by: betarhoalphadelta on April 15, 2021, 06:50:35 PM
Purdue RB legend Leroy Keyes passed away at 74.
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Post by: ELA on April 15, 2021, 09:31:02 PM
Purdue RB legend Leroy Keyes passed away at 74.
I think he made it into our Big Ten Hall of Fame back on the old scout page, when that was a thing
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Post by: MrNubbz on April 16, 2021, 09:52:02 PM
As a junior, Keyes scored 19 touchdowns (13 rushing and six receiving) to set the Purdue season record and led the nation with 114 points. The next season, he became the first Boilermaker to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Keyes saved some of his best games for the top opponents on Purdue's schedule. He led the Boilermakers to victories over Notre Dame in 1967 and 1968 when the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 and No. 2.