09/06/2013 @ 02:38 PM
The new NFL football season kicked off last night in Denver...and it was all "Hollywood" - glitz - glamor - and a new record by quarterback Peyton Manning.
NEVER, EVER GIVE UP........................
09/02/2013 @ 07:17 PM
Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer - conquered the Straits of Florida on her fifth attempt. She began her journey to swim from Cuba to Key West 35 years ago at age 29. Fifty-three hours after jumping in the water in Havana she stepped on a beach in Key West to cheers from hundreds.
I DON'T GET IT!....................
09/01/2013 @ 09:57 AM
The New England Patriots cut loose quarterback Tim Tebow and does this "termination" end his NFL career?
"Know when to hold'em/ know when to fold'em".............
08/30/2013 @ 11:28 AM
The NFL settled their suit with players over concussions and medical issues - it's clearly a win for NFL owners - but what about the players, 4,500 of them? What do they get?
08/27/2013 @ 11:54 AM
Did Bobby Riggs throw his "Battle of the Sexes match with Billy Jean King 40 years ago? Did he throw the match to pay off gambling debts? That's the story now being told......
U.S.OPEN - "BIG" - "brassy" - "messy" - and grand..........
08/26/2013 @ 10:42 AM
The tennis world's U.S.Open is underway at New York's Flushing Meadows. Serena Williams is after her 5th U.S.Open title - she ay's she's ready for it.
Darryl Strawberry - A "NEW MAN?.......................
08/24/2013 @ 12:53 PM
Daryl Strawberry's story is one of unfulfilled potential - but it's not unique. Many athletes like the once great MLB player never fulfilled their potential on or off the playing field. Maybe this time he will...
"CAUSE THEY CAN'T SCORE".................
08/23/2013 @ 10:21 AM
Davey Johnson, manager of the Washington Nationals spoke the best line of this baseball season.....asked about his struggling team Johnson said "they can't score!"..............
"BIG BAGS are BANNED" .................
08/21/2013 @ 06:42 PM
If your planning to attend NFL games this season be aware - leave backpacks - coolers - briefcases - coolers and any item that's larger than "clutch" bag size at home. It's for your "safety."
Pointless Grandstanding - "HOGWASH"..................
08/21/2013 @ 10:21 AM
The 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins visited the White House yesterday, minus three of their players who staye home because they oppose President Obama's political views...good for them....
Posted on 08/13/2012 @ 06:32 PM
He was born John Michael Paveskovich on September 27, 1919 in Portland, Oregon. Ironically on the very day Babe Ruth played his last game in a Red Sox uniform. By the time he arrived in Boston in 1942 he was being called Johnny Pesky. World War II was underway and soon he and Red Sox star Ted Williams were in Navy flight training school at Pensacola, Florida. They didn't return to baseball, and Boston until 1946 the year the Red Sox played the St.Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Pesky had a "prominent" nose. Ted Williams delighted in calling him "needlenose." That name stuck and over the years its been shortened to "needles. Ted Williams loved Johnny Pesky - respected him not only as a player but as a man. Boston fans loved Pesky. The little shortstop loved the fans - shared that love with anyone who ever asked for a picture, an autograph,a smile, a story. He loved telling stories.
Pesky last visited Fenway Park in April when they celebrated Fenway Parks 100th anniversary. Every player who ever wore a Red Sox uniform was invited to attend. When Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr was brought out into the infield where in their playing days they turned so many double-plays, Fenway fans gave them a standing ovation. Tears rolled down Johnny Pesky cheeks.
My memories of the man we came to know as Johnny Pesky started in 1948 as a high school sophomore when I first worked out with the Red Sox. Taking infield practice with him on days Boston was playing at home, so Red Sox head scout Neil Mahoney could see if I might one day be good enough to play with Boston. Stopping at his home on Western Avenue in Lynn (across from the Manning Bowl) because he asked me to stop in anytime I was in his neighborhood. Having lunch with his family, wife Ruthie, son David. Swapping stories of my own seasons in the minor-leagues with the Brooklyn Dodger organization. Being at Yankee Stadium with him to watch Don Larsen pitch his perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Attending with Pesky an NBA game in the Boston Garden between the Celtics and Philadelphia 76'ers in 1976 when a Celtic player dropped a pass - hearing a loud-mouth several rows behind us shout out ,"give it to Pesky, he'll hold it!" A reference to a play in the 1946 World Series against the St.Louis Cardinals in which Enos Slaughter scored from first while Pesky was said to have hesitated before throwing home. That play made Pesky the "goat" of the series. There were certain things off-limits, even for Pesky. That play was one of them. 30 years later, and a loud-mouth fan had to let everyone know Pesky,"world series goat" was at the game. There was also another topic, or name you never mentioned in Pesky's company. You didn't mention Dan Duquette, former general manager of the Red Sox who in 1997 banished Pesky from the dugout. Pesky returned to Fenway Park only when the franchise changed ownership and Duquette was fired. Duquette couldn't have hurt Pesky more if he stabbed him in the heart with a dull butcher knife.
Johnny Pesky will always be a major part of Red Sox history. Fenway Park will always have "PESKY POLE" - Johnny Pesky will always be a Boston legend.
When John Michael Paveskovich left the Universe this morning I guarantee you the first person waiting at the Pearly gates to greet him was his friend, the "Splendid Splinter" saying, "hey needlenose," what's taken you so dam long?....................."
"Upton on Sports"- source:boston.com/yahoosports/espn/