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The lunacy of fandom: They killed our fathers, and now the sons of bitches are coming to get us
I have next to my desk a framed color photograph from an old issue of Pro Football Weekly. At the time the photograph was taken, Pro Football Weekly did not have what one would call high production…
Published: Oct. 12, 2012
Length: 13 minutes (3253 words)
Making of a quarterback
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was at the line of scrimmage, running the spread offense, when something caught his eye. With three receivers to his left and one to his right, Stafford took the snap,…
Published: Oct. 16, 2012
Length: 14 minutes (3691 words)
Obama vs. Romney: The hot shot and the GM
Amongst the snobberies of the professional political class is a real disdain for sports fans. There's a sociological study, as yet unwritten, into why that's so, but when the pollsters and…
Published: Oct. 23, 2012
Length: 10 minutes (2711 words)
Famous fathers and football
The offensive linemen on the Diamond Bar High School football team quickly learned the advantages of having Cordell Broadus as a teammate. Broadus, a sophomore wide receiver at Diamond Bar High…
Published: Oct. 30, 2012
Length: 15 minutes (3955 words)
The long goodbye: When does an athlete and addict know to quit?
Adam Birbrower knew he was finished before the ball he’d just thrown crossed the plate, well before the MRI showed torn tendons in his rotator cuff. He’d played through pain before, but…
Length: 16 minutes (4182 words)
Still Richard: Richard Simmons keeps grooving at 64
Saturday morning on a quiet side street in Beverly Hills. Audis and Priuses deposit a small squadron of weekend warriors in leotards and gym shorts at the front door of a low-slung building that…
Published: Nov. 27, 2012
Length: 17 minutes (4337 words)
Once a Yankee fan
In 1949 I was 8 years old when Aunt Josephine got the first television set in our Italian family. Her husband, Uncle Ken, was a judge. My father was a gambler. But still, we had a house in the…
Length: 15 minutes (3907 words)
Shooting for perfection: Basketball legend Rick Barry was virtually flawless shooting the underhand free throw. Why won’t anyone give it a try?
The free throw is nearly as old as basketball itself. The shot dates almost as far back as when rules were first recorded at a gym in Springfield, Mass., by the game’s creator, Dr. James…
Published: Dec. 13, 2012
Length: 21 minutes (5290 words)
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