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"GOLF SAND TRAPS"......
10/29/2014 @ 11:23 AM
A "tweet" and "Facebook" post cost Ted Bishop - PGA of America President - his job. His "bonehead" tweet upset a lot of people and they chopped his head off. They did it at a time when pro golf - and golf in general's stuck in sand traps........

NBA BASKETBALL - "HAS NO BORDERS".............
10/29/2014 @ 09:19 AM
The NBA begins their new season with an abundance of players from many countries....NBA basketball has knocked down international borders for good.

"FOR SALE" - (anything & everything)....
10/28/2014 @ 11:36 AM
Are you a "nut) collector who must have sports or celebrity memorabilia? We have new items on the menu - items connected to baseball's 2014 playoffs - but you'll have to pay the going price......

"WHAT HAPPENED JOE"............
10/27/2014 @ 09:28 AM
"Twist and turns of life" - one day we say "quit my job?" - I'm here for the rest of my life - the next day - we say - "I'm outta here!" What happened Joe?

"YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP"...
10/25/2014 @ 10:37 AM
An 8-year-old Pee Wee football player intercepts his first pass - scores his first touchdown - but instead of spiking the ball in the end zone or doing a dance - his team's fined and coah suspended....

Hitting Coach's - "WHO CAN'T HIT"..........
10/24/2014 @ 06:59 PM
Did you know seven (7) major league teams this season employed "hitting coach's" who never had one-at-bat in big league baseball? No surprise to me "team" offense is on the decline.......

"ARE SPORTS SEXIST?"
10/24/2014 @ 09:59 AM
What a dumb question - of course they are - they always have been - and will always be.....

"OLD AIN'T FOR SISSY"S"......
10/23/2014 @ 08:53 AM
Lakers star Kobe Bryant's coming into his 19th NBA season with many questions to answer - two-big one's - can he still perform after last years season of serious injuries - and age of 36?

"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.........


"FIELD OF GREEN" - ( $$$$$$)

Posted on 10/31/2014 @ 10:09 AM


"Give me the money!"...........

This time of year "Baseball" becomes the "Field of Green" - playoff - World Series money gets divided. We're not talking "chump change" - last year's share for winning the World Series was $307,000 per Red Sox player. It's higher this year.

World Series shares are based on a fixed percentage of gate receipts. In the days before the player's union - shares were more than the average player's salary. Former Baltimore pitching star Jim Palmer recently told a reporter his 1966 World Series share was $11,638 - one-third more than his $7,500 salary. From the late 1960's to 2000 winning shares were more than baseball's minimum salary.

Today - with player salaries so high - players are generous with extra money they pick up for being in the World Series. Do you recall when Colorado Rockies' minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh was killed while coaching at first base? (July 2007) Coaching the Rockies' double-A - affiliate in Tulsa - Coolbaugh was struck in the head by a line-drive and died. He left behind a wife - two kids - son's - age 5 & 4 and his wife was pregnant.

With his death - paychecks stopped - how would she be able to raise her kids - pay for their college education - how would she and the kids survive? Then she received a phone call from a Colorado sports reporter - the Colorado Rockies' - who played in that year's World Series - voted her a full share of their postseason earnings - $255,000. She told the reporter - "You have the wrong information - you don't know what your talking about - Mike was a minor league coach - not a major league player!"

She soon learned the reporter was calling with the right information - she was left speechless. She called it -"Life-changing for her family - it was real - it was from heaven." Rockie reliever LaTroy Hawkins - one of the players who voted her a full share said - it was a 'no-brainer' - she had kids - was pregnant - her husband lost his life on the baseball field - every Rockie player were on the same page about doing it.

Major league players decide how shares are divided. Giving shares to non-uniform personnel goes back to 1903. The extra cash changes lives. Guys pay off college loans - buy houses - new cars - the generosity of players at this time of year have no limits. Oriole manager Buck Showalter praised his players for their generosity - in 2012 when the Orioles lost their division series to the Yankees and again this year - players distributed shares to the Class AAA manger and pitching coach. He added - when you see coach's jump up - yell - scream - when they win a playoff game they're saying - "Mama's getting a new pair of shoes." Showalter recalled the first time the Yankees gave him a bonus after his second year as manager of Class A Oneonta in 1986 - it was a $1,000 check for a job well done -"I'll never forget it - I would have walked through molten lava right there for them. I went to K-Mart and got my wife a microwave."

Baseball's over - time when player's - "FIELD OF GREEN" - kicks in and shows fans most MLB players have class off and on their "Field of Dreams"..............

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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