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The NFL - "NEVER STOPS GROWING".........
09/22/2014 @ 10:04 AM
How big is NFL football? Big and getting bigger - we now have "Thursday Night Football." How much more can we handle?

Football's "NEW BAD BOY"..............
09/21/2014 @ 11:25 AM
Here's a college kid who believes because of his football skills he's a "legend." The kid's only a legend in his own mind........dump him now - before he becomes a future NFL domestic abuser of women.......

"REVERSAL'S COMING".................
09/20/2014 @ 10:32 AM
The Fed's have been trying to get baseball great Barry Bonds behind bars for a long time - convicted of obstruction of justice - an appeals court in San Francisco now questions the soundness of that conviction.....

What "HANDICAP? " - What "DISABILITY?"...............
09/19/2014 @ 10:54 AM
Here's a group of young athletes who inspire us with their ability to overcome adversity. Missing limbs couldn't stop this boy from Rhode Island from playing football.

"ADRENALINE JUNKIE?".......
09/18/2014 @ 10:18 AM
There are people who need to constantly "push the envelope" - always looking for the next new thrill. Is that you?

"HEAVYWEIGHTS" - where are they?
09/17/2014 @ 03:28 PM
Boxing needs "heavyweights" - American heavyweights but there's none in sight - why not?

"SPARE the ROD" .....
09/16/2014 @ 10:19 AM
Domestic abuse of women by NFL football players are now giving way to the question of "Corporal Punishment" - is this a deflection? Turn focus to a new debate - blame parents?

"COMPASSION for TIGER"....................
09/15/2014 @ 09:48 AM
Golf's greatest golfer - attraction - is struggling and his critics are loving it. Does he deserve the scorn directed at him? One golf writer says he doesn't.

""Hi - I'M FRANK TORRE".............
09/14/2014 @ 10:17 AM
Frank Torre - who helped brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame is dead at 82....I never met Frank but he played a vital part in my life.......

don't get "SMOKED"........
09/12/2014 @ 10:14 AM
The odds of getting hurt at a sporting events low unless your attending a hockey game or a baseball game....


"OSCAR'S FUTURE" - (does he have one?)........

Posted on 09/22/2014 @ 12:55 PM


If Oscar Pistorius wasn't an Olympic athlete - the world (outside South Africa) would never have heard of him. Instead - by winning Gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics - becoming the first double leg amputee to participate - and win - Gold in the 400 Metres and 4 x 400 metres relay races he made Olympic history setting world records in both events. His feats went viral world-wide. He also took the Silver in the 200-metre race - having set a world record in the semifinals. By February of 2013 his life changed. He went from Olympic Gold Medalist to an "alleged murderer."

The rise and fall of the double-amputee runner who competed in the London Olympics in 2012 and then killed his girl friend - model Reeva Steenkamp - less than a year after that inspirational triumph has been a consuming saga for South Africans and the rest of the world. The more people have followed the case the hungrier they seem to be for more. Many people turn up their noses at the spectacle then dive into television or social media to soak up the latest revelations.

The latest coming several weeks ago when Judge Thokoile Masipa cleared Pistorius of murder - a ruling that left many very unhappy - here's what she announced from the bench - "The unanimous decision of this court is the following. The accused is found "not guilty" (of murder) and is discharged. Instead he is found "guilty" of "culpable homicide."

The Judge then allowed the Olympic runner to remain out on bail until he's sentenced - drawing angry responses from many South Africans. Anti-gun protestors who want stricter gun laws - women groups fighting for more protection for women against domestic abuse and violence are not happy with the Judges ruling - nor for allowing the double-amputee to remain out on bail. They wanted bail revoked - they wanted him placed in jail. Critics of the Judges rulings say Pistorius "celebrity" status influenced the trial in his favor. (sound familiar?)

Sentencing of Oscar Pistorius is set for October 13th - while the maximum jail sentence for "Culpable Homicide" is 15 years the Judge can suspend the sentencing - allowing the Olympic star to walk.

Here's the big question - will the Judge give him jail time - or let him walk?

The South African Olympic committee says Pistorius is free to compete even after being convicted of culpable homicide in the shooting of his girl friend. South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy told the Associated Press that the sports body has "no"" regulations that prevents someone with a criminal record from representing the country. Reddy says - "as he stands right now he is free to compete." That statements not sitting well with South Africans.

"OSCAR'S FUTURE" - (does he have one)? The answer to that question comes October 13th.......

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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