"Upton on Sports" Blog by Larry Upton

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"THEY CHANGED HISTORY"...........
11/19/2014 @ 05:49 PM
The world of sports is a tough field to pursue at the best of times. Here' a collection of women/men who set goals and achieved them in an era when society said they couldn't. They changed - and made sports history.........

"GOOD - BAD - and UGLY SPORTS FANS"............
11/19/2014 @ 09:51 AM
One thing we know for sure - sport fans come in all shape - sizes - colors - and they're young and old...all bases are covered. We also know they're "Good - BAD - and Ugly!.......

""WE ARE THAT STUPID"..............
11/18/2014 @ 07:50 AM
Baseball just crossed another "landmark" line and should not be cheered for it...on the contrary - they owe baseball fans an apology...like our Washington leaders baseball believe we're "idiots" (we are)...........

"WHAT'S IN A NAME"..............
11/17/2014 @ 09:17 AM
The man's an "entrepreneur" - investor - he has more professions and careers than names - do you know who Shawn Carter is?

"SPORTS DUMB - WORST OWNERS"..............
11/15/2014 @ 05:15 PM
The world of sports have had their share of "dumb" owners...men - women who have made racist or inappropriate comments through the years. The owner of the LA Clippers - Donald Sterling the most recent......

"WORST SPORT CONTRACT EVER"....
11/15/2014 @ 08:57 AM
I thought offering a .271 career hitter baseball's biggest contract at $300 million was madness - I was wrong -

"$300 MILLION DOLLAR MADNESS"....
11/14/2014 @ 09:25 AM
Baseball's most disliked franchise is planning to give $300 million to heir star slugger - Giancarlo Statnton. Loria has to be smoking bad weeds......

NASCAR - "EMPTY SEATS".............
11/13/2014 @ 08:48 AM
NASCAR officials are scratching their heads over attendance...why have racing fans lost interest in what they're offering?

"TICK TOCK " - "TICK TOCK" - "TICK TOCK"........
11/12/2014 @ 08:34 AM
Major league baseball wants to "speed up games" - its about time - stop with the stepping out of the box - tugging at batting helmets - gloves and pitchers deciding when to throw the dam ball - that would be a start......

"BASEBALL'S UGLY SECRET"...........
11/11/2014 @ 09:02 AM
Spotlights are bing shined on major league baseball's dirty little secret - human-trafficking - it's a major-problem that places Cuban athltes in harm's way....


"HOW CAN YOU MEND THIS BROKEN HEART?"

Posted on 11/21/2014 @ 09:15 AM


He's earned $18 million in a nine-year hockey career - signed a $30 million dollar deal with the LA Kings in 2011 - makes $5 million a season playing defense for the Kings - yet - 27-year-old Jack Johnson - on October 7th filed for "bankruptcy." Is he just another millionaire athlete who went crazy with money? It's a common story. Did he blow it all on women - booze - drugs - flashy cars - parties - diamond rings? Did he have crooked attorneys - crooked financial charlatans stealing millions. Was he simply a "druggie" throwing parties for hanger-on-pals - spending millions getting high? The answers a loud "NO!"....None of the above applied to Jack Johnson. He was a hard-working - always sober - dedicated NHL player. The root of Johnson's financial calamity were his "MOM" and "DAD" - that's right - his parents. Tina and Jack Sr. were son Jack's "personal managers" and they literally stole $15 million dollars from their son. Details of how they accomplished this over the last four years truly heartbreaking.

"HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART?" Tina Johnson - "borrowed" $15 million in her son's name against future earnings. Johnson's parents allegedly bought expensive cars - spent a million dollars up-grading beach property they owned - but the most telling quote comes from a source who recounted a dialogue between Johnson and his parents when he confronted them about debt collectors calling in regard to defaulted loans. Jack would ask (his parents) questions: 'What's this?' What are these guys guys calling about?' a source said - And they would tell him "not to worry about it - just worry about playing hockey." He played hockey while they spent millions like drunken sailors in exotic ports.

"HOW CAN YOU MEND THIS BROKEN MAN?" - "HOW CAN A LOSER EVER WIN?" Jack Johnson's hired new attorneys - severed ties with his family and is attempting to rebuild and find his way out of his financial mess created by people who were with him the first day he arrived on this universe 27-years ago - Mom and Dad. Johnson's bankruptcy hearing is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in late January. The Columbus Dispatch broke the story last week. According to the "Dispatch" Johnson's problems started in 2008 when he parted ways with his agent Pat Brisson - he then turned control of his finances over to his parents. Last week a Dispatch reporter asked the NHL star "how he could have been so badly ripped off?" Johnson replied - "I'd say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path!" He declined to comment further.

"SO HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? AND MINE IS...HOW CAN YOU STOP THE RAIN FROM FALLING DOWN?"

October 7th Jack Johnson claimed assets of less than $50,000 and debts of more than $10 million - the Dispatch newspaper says that number's closer to $15 million - a source told the paper - while Johnson has cut off communication with his parents he's not taken any "legal action" against them. It was only this past summer that The NHL star understood there was a significant problem. These were his parents - right? He Trusted them - if you can't trust "Mom and Dad" - who can you trust? HOW CAN YOU MEND THIS BROKEN MAN? HOW CAN A LOSER EVER WIN?

Do you think Jack Johnson will ever find answers to those questions? Johnson's in his ninth NHL season and is scheduled to make $5 million this year - he won't see a penny of it. "

"HOW CAN YOU MEND THIS BROKEN HEART?" SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN YOU STOP THE RAIN FROM FALLING DOWN?.....

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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