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"BRUCE BOCHY"......
10/22/2014 @ 11:17 AM
They say Bruce Bochy is the best manager in major league baseball - I'll not dispute that. He's a manager who mixes "old and new school" baseball - maximizing his rosters talents. The man wins........

LOU LUCIER - "WHO'S HE?".....................
10/21/2014 @ 11:29 AM
Lucier was the oldest former Red Sox player (until Saturday) - he died at 96.........

WHERE'S TIMMY?............
10/20/2014 @ 09:15 AM
He's gone from being a star starter to last man in the bullpen but he remains positive and available to help the Giants anyway he can. Tim Lincecum is a two-time Cy Young winner and Giants aren't pitching him - why not?.................

"WORLD SERIES HISTORY" .......
10/19/2014 @ 10:13 AM
The 2014 World Series begins tomorrow but do you know MLB players with the most World Series rings? The player with the most World Series appearances? What player pitched the World Series only no-hit game (perfect game)?

"TURN BACK THE CLOCK"................
10/17/2014 @ 08:42 PM
If you watched the Giant/Cardinal playoff games then you know its time baseball dumped the American Leagues DH - time AL managers get back to making decisions about taking out pitchers going well for pinch hitters.....

"LASER LOUTS"..........
10/17/2014 @ 10:26 AM
Casino's in the world share photo's -information on gambling cheats - use a "laser pointer" at a sporting event and like Casino's - you'll be blacklisted from attending sport events for the rest of your life.

"FAMOUS BOSTON GARDEN PIZZA"............
10/15/2014 @ 04:23 PM
Memories - they're great - when places are gone - they may physically be gone forever - but - not in our minds. They're with us forever - like the old Boston Garden Pizza joint.......

"TRUMPED TRUMP?"......................
10/14/2014 @ 12:23 PM
America's real estate mogul wanted a pro football team but it didn't happen - calling the team (Buffalo Bills) "overpriced" he folded - threw in his cards - is that a "Trump frown?"

IT BEATS "DROOLING!".............
10/13/2014 @ 05:48 PM
I write a daily sports column for one reason - so I don't "drool"....at this stage in life if I don't keep focus on what''s been important to me _I could slip into senility. Writing keeps my mind young.....

"WILL UMP'S EVER GET IT RIGHT?"
10/13/2014 @ 09:35 AM
MLB has six umpires - plus new video replay "ump's" watching in a New York broadcast booth and they still miss calls..."WHY?"


"OLD AIN'T FOR SISSY"S"......

Posted on 10/23/2014 @ 08:53 AM


Getting "old ain't for sissy's" - when your a pro athlete age comes faster in life. The NBA's Lakers have aged - but so has its star Kobe Bryant. Nineteen years with the Lakers (1996) - you can call him the Derek Jeter of basketball.

ESPN columnist Henry Abbott wrote a magazine story recently about Kobe being the greatest Laker in history - but - also wrote -"he's also the greatest liability." The Lakers went 27-55 during the 2013-14 season - Dwight Howard left prior to the start of last season - Paul Gasol and Kendall Marshall left after it. Unnamed agents and league sources provided Abbott disparaging quotes about Bryant - like - "Kobe is like the big rock in their front yard. You can't mow over it - so you just have to mow around it - the common denominator found in all of the Lakers' struggles and personnel issues is Kobe.

Abbott wrote - "Bryant has been a Laker for 19 years and is the most prominent member of a laughable team - if longevity is a crime - Kobe Bryant is guilty." (wow)

Many say Bryant's a terrible teammate - a plague upon the Lakers - if that's the case it's not like he woke up one morning and decided this would be the day he was going to systematically ravage the most storied franchise in the NBA. Kobe Bryant has always been Kobe Bryant. The difference now is Kobe Bryant hasn't always been 36 - and Lakers haven't always been in the cellar. The Lakers have evolved over time (for better or for worse).

Bryant's old now - the Lakers are bad - it isn't fun anymore. Abbott goes on to write "the same things that made Kobe successful are the same things he's being faulted for now.

A younger Kobe won five NBA championships in the 2000s - a younger Kobe was an NBA MVP - a two-time Olympic Gold medalist - a man who reached postseason play 16 times in 17 years - he was just as mean then - but he won - it was fun to watch - his arrogant behavior was tolerated.

Henry Abbott ended his column with the statement - "unfortunately for Kobe he didn't get out in time." Star athletes from all sports have stayed too long at their dance - Kobe's just one more."

At age 36 Bryant comes into this season after a disappointing - long absence from basketball due to an Achilles rupture followed by a broken knee - he played just six games last season. Age now forces one of basketball's greatest players to change his Lakers role. The reigning cornerstone of the Lakers franchise is older - wiser - and slower - as he begins his 19th season. He's more than just a player - he's notoriously intense - he's an impatient competitor - but can he make the transition to becoming a "patient mentor" for younger teammates? Bryant's still the main man for the Lakers - his critics say it's doubtful he'll cede his power

Kobe Bryant at 36 is finding out - "OLD AIN'T FOR SISSY'S" - he's faced with changing - toning down aggressive behavior - arrogance - giving up power for a greater cause - making the Lakers a basketball dynasty again - can he do it?

Vegas casinos will give you good odds he can't.........

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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