"Upton on Sports" Blog by Larry Upton

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"DON'T PLAY" - We'll pay you....................
02/09/2015 @ 08:32 AM
Here's a working stiff's dream - being paid for not working.....

"CHAMP'S to CHUMP"S"..........
02/08/2015 @ 09:51 AM
The Miami Heat were "champs" with LeBroin - without him they have become 4th place "chumps" in a five team division - why?

"A MAN'S WORLD?"
02/07/2015 @ 09:02 AM
The NBA San Antonio Spurs made history last summer by hiring Becky Hammond - their first "female" assistant coach - the first female coach in NBA history. Was it a "gimmick?" No way - this gal knows her basketball.....

"MR. HOOVER" - (The Human Vacuum Cleaner)
02/06/2015 @ 10:17 AM
Hall of Fame baseball legend Brooks Robinson is coming to dinner tonight at FIU's Diamond dinner tonight.....

"SHOULD YOU or SHOULDN'T YOU?".............
02/05/2015 @ 01:38 PM
Football season is over but it's still in the news. It's "football recruiting time - it's "National Signing Day" - while parents - coaches grapple with escalating fears of concussion risks and dangers playing the game.....

"CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD".........................................
02/04/2015 @ 11:40 AM
Football season ended with the NFL Super Bowl game Sunday night. Few fans gave much thought about traditional bowl games usually played on New Years day are being changed.........

"ONE FOR THE AGES".....
02/03/2015 @ 08:50 AM
Sunday's Super Bowl game from Arizona broke all-time TV viewing records...was it a great night of entertainment - that depended on your "age."......

"SHE'S A CHAMPION"...................
01/31/2015 @ 11:19 AM
In September New Yorker magazine ran a story calling Serena Williams America's Greatest Athlete" Saturday she won the Australian Open title - her 19th major - can she catch Steffi Graf's record of 22 titles?

"ALWAY'S BE A LAKER"......
01/30/2015 @ 05:44 PM
A former Laker star received appreciation and respect from L.A. basketball fans after years of playing in the shadow of Kobe Bryant...even Kobe came out to greet him.

"MUCH MORE THAN A GAME"................
01/30/2015 @ 08:49 AM
It use to be about football - which team is the "best" - not anymore - it's evolved into who throws the biggest - sexiest - most expensive party with the greatest number of most beautiful gals......


"COFFEE BREAK"...............

Posted on 02/10/2015 @ 04:22 PM


This will be my last sports column..................

My Mac computer's been misbehaving - mixing up photo's on columns I've sent out recently - Serena Williams popping up where Pau Gasol should be. The computer expert who tends to our web-sites can't explain why it happens - so while he's attempting to resolve the computer issues I'll take a "coffee break." I keep telling him its outgoing major league baseball commissioner Bud Selig - assisted by Marlin owner Jeff Loria - who's causing the problems. They're computer hackers messing with me.

Truth is - I've become overboard "cynical." I've always been cynical when it came to pro sports. Playing professional baseball - followed by years covering all professional sports gave me a close-up - behind-the scene look few ever see. Greedy club owners - greedy players - nasty race dynamics at play - not necessarily reduced to a persons color. It could have been about their religion - wives - hair style - usually it was all about "ego's" - envy - jealously - of one's talents - skills on the field. Fans may have cheered a player for winning the game with a home run - or 80 yard hail Mary touchdown pass- but many opposing players (teammates) and yes - even broadcasters - green with envy - slammed the hero of the day.

Present day "hype" of sports events have got to me - entertainment taken center stage over games itself. Example - the NFL Super Bowl now a two-week event. Weeks of playoff games - NBA - NHL - MLB - NFL - each year leagues attempting to figure out how many more franchises can they add to playoff slots. Revenue sharing - the game plan of the day. Last place clubs offering free agents millions while the franchise cry's "we're broke" - we need tax money to build a new stadium that will make us contenders! Give us a break. Take me back to the days when the club with the most money bought all the toys - the talent - remember the New York Yankees - buying all their pennants? Today pennants can't be bought - star players traded to needy city's for attendance.

The NBA paying players an average of $8 million per season - while the WNBA have a salary cap of $107,000 per player. Pro basketball shortchanging ladies - WHY? "Where's "equality?"

The NFL working overtime to avoid paying billions of dollars for medical issues now affecting hundreds of ex-players facing long term medical issues caused by "concussions." Ex-NFL Hall of Fame players now on record stating they won't let their young kids play football. Just one of many problems the NFL has to deal with. Add players bad behavior and they have serious issues.

I admit - I'm a fan of sports dating back sixty years - I'm "old-school" - all sports have evolved - not for the good. Kid sports hijacked for economic gains - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

I've become too cynical - I've lost being objective - it's time for me to take a "COFFEE BREAK"...can't thank you enough for reading "Upton on Sports" - you've been my inspiration.....

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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