Kobe!

My first memory of watching Lakers basketball was with my dad on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in 1973. I was six. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why anyone would be interested in basketball. I said something like, “Dad, this is boring. All they do is run back and forth.” I watched the …

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Feeling Blue

I think I have gotten angrier with each passing day about the fact that the Astros (and Red Sox) cheated. The last time the Dodgers won the World Series I was 21 years old. If someone had told me then that the next time the Dodgers played for the title I would be 50, I …

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Bear It Tall

A couple of years after my wife and I started dating I heard her use the phrase “Too Tall Jones,” on more than a few occasions. At some point I asked her if she knew who Ed “Too Tall” Jones was, to which she said, “That’s a person?” It was one of those a-ha moments. …

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76ers

Near the end of my junior year at Independence High School in 1984, our wrestling coach, Jesse Barajas, let the team know that a young stud, Marco Sanchez, an eighth grader from one of the feeder middle schools (Sheppard), would be coming to join the 76ers at IHS the following year. We didn’t know a …

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Jump Around

If you were a kid in the ‘70s like I was, and you had a bike, you did what every kid on the block did — you made a ramp, and you jumped — just like Evel Knievel.Of course, not all bikes are built for jumping. A good motorcross bike was about $200 in the …

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Ricky Berry

After his success as a San Jose State Spartan, Ricky Berry, was the 18th player selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. In 1989, he would be dead. Back to that in a moment. On March 26, 1979 all eyes were on the college basketball championship between Indiana State and Michigan State. …

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Homegrown Chacon

On the eve of a fight in March, 1982, Bobby Chacon became a single dad to three children, ages 11, 8, and 6. Following two devastating losses, Chacon’s wife, Valorie, begged him to quit boxing. Her pleas were ignored. Subsequently, she killed herself with a rifle at the family’s home in the small town of …

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Fight of the Century?

If you’ve read the pre- and post-comments regarding the underwhelming “Fight of the Century,” it’s not difficult to conclude that Mayweather’s fans and foes haven’t left their respective cheering sections.Mayweather “supporters” aren’t surprised that he made an elite fighter look average. And Mayweather-haters continue to chime in with the same ol’: “Mayweather ran and hugged …

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76,976!

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t followed wrestling since Rocky Johnson, a.k.a., Sweet Ebony Diamond, was in the ring. And the only live event I ever witnessed was at the old San Jose Civic Auditorium, which held about 3,000 people.Yesterday, WrestleMania 31, broke Levi’s Stadium’s record with an announced attendance of 76,976! …

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