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The Sports Gallery 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. Athletes in most forms sacrifice a great deal of their time, energy and family life. The first class athletes at any level serve us all by setting a positive role model.

Coach Vince Lombardi said it:

"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."

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Always Ready! Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney Gamache, a member of the Coast Guard women’s rugby team, plays the Brigham Young University's Cougars at USA Sevens Rugby


Meet a Pro, America! On August 8, 2013, the Boston Red Sox were playing at the Kansas City Royals. David "Big Papi" Ortiz, at the time the Sox designated hitter, was signing autographs. A baby's parents handed their baby to him apparently to take photos of him holding the baby. Just as the photoshoot was about to wrap up, the National Anthem began. Ortiz stopped, turned around to face the flag, grasped the baby firmly, took off his hat and put it over his heart while the Anthem played. The baby seemed quite comfortable in Ortiz's arms. Now is that a class act or what sports fans? Ortiz is from the Dominican Republic and played 20 Major League Baseball seasons, 14 with the Red Sox and six with the Minnesota Twins. He was a ten-time All Star, three-time World Series Champion, and seven-time Silver Slugger winner. He set a Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54 in 2006. This ball player is what's known as a Pro!


Swabbies in the battle. Sailors from the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier play hockey against Sailors from the USS Lincoln carrier. This is a battle folks.


Not on my watch, Ivan. February 27, 1960, America's first-ever Olympic gold medal in hockey. But first had to defeat the Soviets, which they did, 3-2. Then the Americans defeated the Czechs 9-4 for the gold after falling behind 4-3. Then on February 22, 1980, history repeated itself when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. It was a major upset for the Soviets, who were considered the world’s best team at the time, even better than any professional team in North America.


I got it. A soldier maneuvers the ball during the Tropic Lightning Week soccer tournament at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii


Suicide Run. The Omak, Washington Suicide Run is par of the Omak Stampede, an annual rodeo.


USA! I gotta make the gate!


I got this. Medford, Wisconsin Rodeo, 2010. Holding for dear life, and I must say with a bit of style!


Standing Proudly. Here you go NFL and others in “pro sports.” Marian Morale, 94, a WWII vet missing a leg, stands for National Anthem before Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League (NHL) game. She practiced for three months to do this!


Celebratory Run. Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Jessica-Rose Hammack celebrates after receiving a bronze medal during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

I happened to pay attention to the Little League World Series that began on August 19, 2006 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. If you ever get to watch these young pitchers carefully, you'll see the grimmacing, groaning, intense life of a Little League pitcher in games that are a once in a lifetime opportunity for boys. These guys come to play, that's for sure. By the way, baseball has truly become an international support, yet another piece of American culture embraced around the world. Oh yes, one more thing. Hey mom and dad. We know you told the kid to hold his tongue, but not between his teeth!


PIstol Pete Reiser, an "all time guy." 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.” Heinz said, “A professional is someone who makes every play. There's no compromise.” For Reiser, there was no compromise. Go to story


"Miracle on Ice" the top sports moment of the 20th century. USA defeats Soviet Union Winter Olypmics.


"You cannot be serious!" John McEnroe, an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player, often rated among the greatest players of all time, known for his hot temper.


I'm comin' tru, boys. No you ain't. Pittsburgh Steelers' fullback Duce Staley of the Pittsburgh Steelers is gang tackled by the New York Jets during their game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


"Coach K," the one and only: Coach Mike Krzyzewski, head coach Duke basketball, West Point graduate, played point guard for Army under Coach Bobby Knight, later as assistant coach at Indiana for Bobby Knight. Doesn't throw chairs, but comes close to it.


Barbaro, a racehorse who decisively won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, but shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, which ended his racing career and eventually led to his death. Statue at Churchill DownsCoach Mike Krzyzewski


Sasha Cohen is one of the most accomplished skaters of her time. She won the 2006 U.S. Championship in St. Louis and a silver medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy..


In 2006, A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox, running from third on a hit, ran right over Michael Barrett, Chicago Cubs, after which they both got up, and Barrett connected with a solid right hook to Pierzynski's face, emptying the dugouts in an all out brawl. Barrett's problem was he was blocking home plate so Pierzynski's run counted and Barrett was thrown out for throwing the punch. The ChiSox were in first place and were the 2005 World Champions, while the Cubs were in fifth place. Some say Pierzynski was and maybe still is the most hated player in baseball.


Christy Wise, a Warrior Games athlete, stretches after a run during a track and field session at the Air Force team’s training camp at Eglin Air ForceBase, Fla., April 27. The Warrior Games training camp is the last team practice session before the yearly competition in June 2017.


A collaborative effort between Rutgers and the Special Olympics helps young athletes achieve their dreams


Air Force rugby player Ryan Dombrock is tackled while his teammates prepare to ruck the Army defenders during the 2007 Armed Forces Rugby Tournament October 27, 2007 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Airmen won 22-5 for a fourth consecutive championship victory.


This is known as the O'Marra Knockdown. Ryan O'Marra was playing for Team Canada and that is a Team USA player biting the dust.


The thing is, roller derby is a contact sport. Five on the team, against five on the other team, all smoking around the rink at Mach speed, slamming into each, the whole nine yards.


Bobbi GIbb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, done in 1966. Despite her training, she had to fight to the finish. She finished in 3 hours, 21 minutes, 40 seconds, in 126th place out of 540 entrants.


This young man just came through the roughest part of the Wausau, WI white water run off of the Wisconsin River, his kayak had turned her, and he just brought her upright. You can see him fighting to keep it that way!


Meet Mary Jane Harrelson-Reeves, just after she fell, in obvious pain. She is a middle distance runner from North Carolina, best known for winning the silver medal in the women's 1,500 metres event at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She also won two NCAA titles, both at 1,500m.


Tamith Belgian White, a Canadian-America, began skating with Benjamin Agosto in 1998. Skating with him, she is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, four-time World medalist, three-time Four Continents champion (2004–2006), and five-time U.S. champion (2004–2008).


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.

Lombardi leadership

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!