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"FATHER TIME CAN'T BE STOPPED".................
01/25/2015 @ 09:15 AM
Kobe Bryant's had a long run - but its over. Injuries will cost him this season of play and the only question left - how much longer can he play and stay in the NBA?

"MR. CUB".......
01/24/2015 @ 10:25 AM
Baseball lost one of it's legends - Icons - yesterday - Mr.Cubs Ernie Banks. He was 83......

"WHAT A WASTE"............
01/22/2015 @ 07:25 PM
Terrorist are beheading kids - women - terrifying shoppers - killing them with AK's in deli's - taking hostages - and we're spending days (and nights) worrying about footballs that may have been deflated....

SERENA - "TWIRL".................
01/22/2015 @ 09:47 AM
Tennis great Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes to step on the world stage and a reporter at the Australian Open asked her "to twirl" - she should have wrapped a tennis racquet around his head....

"YOU NEED THE RIGHT SOCKS" - (would I kid you?)
01/21/2015 @ 12:12 PM
Every basketball fan needs"Socks" that are in style. At least one's Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade or other NBA stars wear. They cost $25 bucks.......

GLITZ - GLAMOUR - "HOCKEY?"............
01/20/2015 @ 10:18 AM
The National Hockey League wants to play in "Sin City."If they can sell 10,000 season tickets-Vegas will have a franchise - a team they'll call - "BLACK KNIGHTS."

"UNDER - INFLATED FOOTBALL'S" - (your kidding-right?)
01/19/2015 @ 03:48 PM
On Sunday - in terrible Boston weather - the New England Patriots literally buried the Indianapolis Colts head first in their home field turf in Foxboro..Now the NFL say they may have done it by taking "air" out of footballs................

"NICKLAUS - THE MAKING of a CHAMPION"...
01/18/2015 @ 10:00 AM
He was born Jack William Nicklaus in Upper Arlington, Ohio (come tomorrow) 75 years ago (Jan.21,1940)...Last Sunday they ran a 60-minute TV documentary on Fox celebrating his gold accomplishment and life.......

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOLF CHANNEL"...........
01/17/2015 @ 09:12 AM
Slammed when it began - cynics said it could never last. Televising "golf" matches would be like watching grass grow. It will never work...."Happy Birthday Golf Channel" -

"KRAFT'S BIG SMILE".....
01/16/2015 @ 09:28 AM
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's smiling and why shouldn't he - Tom Brady's expected to win today and bring his Patriot team to the Super Bowl......


"BUM OF THE MONTH".........

Posted on 01/26/2015 @ 10:11 AM


When money's at stake nothing's old - coming back "Bum of the Month" bouts........

"SPIKE TV" and boxing mogul Al Haymon are teaming up to bring "championship-caliber" boxing to the network.They're planning a "Premier Boxing Champions" bout on a Friday once a month starting March 13th. "Spike TV" President Kevin Kay claims the multi-year deal to carry monthly boxing is the culmination of a lifelong love affair with the sport.

It's laughable - going back to legendary heavyweight boxing Icon Joe Louis we've had monthly promoted bouts labelled - "Bum of the Month." It happened when the "Champ" couldn't fight anymore - couldn't get in the ring to defend titles - their handlers - promoters - managers - whatever you wanted to call them - took aging champs cross country for a final dip into the pockets of fight fans. They fought every "bum" in boxing just so fans could see them one more time. When they ran out of "bums" to fight - they turned their champs into "wrestlers."

When "wrestling" played out - they added a new wrinkle - former champs takes on any and all who believed they could last one - two - or three rounds in the ring with the champ for $500 prize money. As dumb as this was - promoters never lacked for idiots willing to get in the ring with former boxing greats.

Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali both subjected to the humiliation of acting like circus clowns once fighting days ended. Few remember those days - I do. In fact years ago I wrote about each having to tour across the country for the sole purpose of being the main attraction in what I called "Bum of the Month Club Battles" - Icons Louis and Ali reduced to circus clowns - Carnival Hucksters.

Spike TV "new" monthly boxing series just an old concept - dusted off by a new collection of Carnival Hucksters - to dip into pockets of their youthful demographics. Spike officials claim they have a young male audience that's been missing from boxing for a long time. What that really translates into is what they say to each other behind closed doors - "we have another bunch of suckers to take to the cleaners - just like our fathers took their fathers back in the "Bum of the Month" days of Louis and Ali." Pay-per-view our vehicle - no cross country tour.

When we have Bernard Hopkins fighting for the light heavyweight title against a Russian knockout artist nicknamed - "Krusher" - just two months before his 50th birthday tells you everything you need to know about boxing today.

Spike TV has been around a long time. It launched officially in 2003. The network was once known as The Nashville Network (TNN) - now part of the Viacom Networks - MTV - VH1 - Nick at Night - Comedy Central - outlets all programmed for the young. Spike claims they reach approximately 97.7 million pay television subscribers in the United States alone - the networks also available in Canada.

Spike TV Carnival Hucksters of today have more pockets to pick (millions) than their fathers - proving suckers are endless - "BUM OF THE MONTH" bouts ageless.................

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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