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I have begun a Sports Gallery. It highlights sports photos I have come across that attracted my attention. They include the pros, the amateurs, the wanna-be's, all part of the American zest to compete. Those photos are here.
I have also done some sports stories in the past, and I will re-publish them. Look for them in the menu under Sports Gallery to the left. I hope to start doing a few more newer ones soon. I began this on February 15, 2017.
"Winning is not a sometimes thing. It's an all times thing. You don't win once in a while. You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. Winning is a habit."
Paul William "Bear" Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his 25-year tenure as Alabama's head coach, he amassed six national championships and thirteen conference championships. Upon his retirement in 1982, he held the record for most wins as head coach in collegiate football history with 323 wins.
Not "tongue and cheek," rather "tongue and ears!" Resi Stieger of the U.S. sticks out her tongue while wearing a helmet with attached ears of a toy tiger during the women's combined event at the Alpine skiing World Championships in Santa Caterina, February 4, 2005. Photo credit: Wolfgang Rattay
Harold Patrick Reiser was born in 1919 in St. Louis, and by 1941 had become the National League's batting champ with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He's not in the Hall of Fame, but at least one of our country's most prominent sportswriters, W.C. Heinz, says Pete is his “all time guy,” a man who is “what professionalism is all about.”
This is a photo of play at the Baghdad Bowl, February 3, 2007. Two 15-man teams made up of Soldiers assigned assigned to the 2nd "Black Jack" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, donned Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears jerseys and squared off in a flag-football game sponsored by CBS Sports. It was Team Falcon against Team IZ. Team IZ won 32-25. This was the day before the Super Bowl that year, and footage from the game was aired during CBS' Super Bowl pre-game program.
Jesse Owens, USA, Berlin Olympics 1936. Owens won four Gold Medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump. He managed to break or equal nine Olympic records and also set three world records. One of those world records was in the 4x100m relay. Owens salted the American flag during the National Anthem while the German medalist did the Heil Hitler. Owens, the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, achieved what no Olympian before him had accomplished. Hitler planned to show the world that the Aryan people were the dominant race, Jesse Owens proved him wrong and sealed his place in Olympic history by becoming the most successful athlete of the 1936 Games. He was a proud American, standing for American, showing her his respect, when many in America did not stand for him.
The start of a rivalry that ended up being the best friends, Larry Bird, Indiana State, Magic Johnson, Michigan State. The "Magic Man" and the "Bird Man"
Larry Doby waves to the crowd at Jacobs Field in Cleveland on April 2, 2001. Ben Walker, reporting for AP, said Bill Veeck, the owner of the Cleveland Indians American League baseball team during Doby's days, told Doby this when he signed his first Major League Baseball contract with the Indians in 1947:
“Lawrence, you are going to be part of history.”
Played second base for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. "When Doby was in your infield, the only thing that got through was the wind." First black player in the American League. Lifetime batting average was .283 with 253 home runs and 969 runs batted in over 13 years. Hit at least 20 home runs in eight consecutive seasons. Led the American League in home runs in 1952 and 1954, hitting 32 each season. Doby was the first black to win a home run title in the Majors. In 1954, he also led the league with 126 runs batted in (RBI). That made him the first black to win the RBI title in the American League. Doby was the first black player to hit a home run in a World Series.Played in six consecutive All-Star games from 1949-1954. In 1949, he, Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe became baseball's first black All-Stars. The Indians retired his number 14 in 1994, to the day 47 years after he signed his first contract with them. Voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. Became the second black man, behind Frank Robinson, to manage a major league team, the Chicago White Sox. Received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey.
Here she comes, get ready. Volley ball behind the tavern.
Vince Lombardi. "Winning is not a sometimes thing. It's an all times thing. You don't win once in a while. You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. You gotta be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you got play with your heart, and with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never gonna come off the field in second. And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. But I firmly believe that in any man's finest hour, his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious." Head coach Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.
Boston Red Sox win the World Series 2004 over St. Louis Cardinals
No one said it would be easy!
Brett Favre, NFC Divisional Playoff, January 12, 2008, the Packers beat the Seahawks and moved on to the NFC championship. Now now or no snow, you Favre is gonna throw it. Trow da bomb Brett!
Allison Wigand, Fairfield University Stags, coming in from 3rd Base on the pitch at Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY April 2012
Whatya talking about. I got a need for speed. Inspiration!