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Dec 21st


Boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson cared for his opponents in the ring

Sugar Ray Robinson, ranked by the Associated Press as the greatest boxer of the 20th Century, also exhibited a caring and compassionate nature that matched his talent. According to a new biography, Robinson would whisper to an opponent he was clobbering, “You aren’t a bum. Lay down. It’s too much.” If the opponent tried to keep his feet, the man’s battering only got worse until he went limp or was knocked out. From his earliest amateur bouts on, Sugar Ray’s opponents didn’t know what hit them. Robinson won 69 of his 85 amateur bouts by knockouts, 40 of them in the first round, and never lost a fight. During his professional career he won 173 more fights, tied six, and the 19 fights he did lose came mostly in his forties at an age when other fighters had long retired from the sport.

Tennis stars of tomorrow celebrate Serena Williams Wimbledon win

 Tennis stars of tomorrow celebrate Serena Williams Wimbledon winRecently youth tennis players at the Venus and Serena Williams Tutorial/Tennis Academy celebrated Serena's recent Wimbledon title win.

The mission of the Venus and Serena Williams Tutorial/Tennis Academy is to ensure the development of well-rounded individuals who will become positive role models in their respective communities by providing the necessary academic and tennis resources to enable each player to attend the college of his or her choice on a tennis scholarship.

Brett Favre’s got jokes

Brett Favre’s got jokesI’m glad that I write for Insight News, because I can tell some interesting (I hope) stories, and perhaps add to the back and forth jibber-jabber over sports. And you can say that you heard it here first, when I tell you that Brett Favre is pulling the greatest practical joke in sports history.

Say “Will he or won’t he?” ten times fast, and that is what sports news, local news, and every other news sounds like these days, referring to Favre. Everyone is on the edge of their seats, and I would imagine that those fans that paint their bodies purple and gold can’t sleep a wink. And at the center of all this angst, the good ol’ country boy, Brett Favre, is pulling all those purple and gold heartstrings. The difference between Favre coming back, and not coming back, makes most Vikings fans think either: “Superbowl here we come” with Favre, or “the fun is in the tailgating anyway” without Favre (the door is always open for everyone to join the Tarvaris Jackson Fan Club…we got plenty of room.)

The real Twins time is coming

The real Twins time is comingWell, it’s after the All-Star Break in Major League Baseball, and this means that the season is actually starting. No sport has as a lazy a first half of the season as the NBA, but they can use the “7 feet tall and running” excuse. However, the baseball players have the “what idiot decided we need 182 games” excuse. Regardless of the sport, the first half of the season determines whose good, and who isn’t good. During the second half of the season, pro-sport folks start playing for extra checks in the current season and re-negotiated contracts for the coming season.

The Twins recently had a 3-run 9th inning comeback, plus the extra winning run, that typifies the scrappy character of the team. And though there have been consistent pesky injuries throughout the early part of the season, I repeat, Minnesota is fortunate to have a scrappy professional baseball team.

The gospel according to King James

The gospel according to King James   LeBron James - The “More Than a Game” Interview

LeBron Raymone James was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, OH, to Gloria James, a 16-year-old single-mom seduced and abandoned by Anthony McClleland, an ex-con with no interest in parenting. Gloria did the best she could to raise LeBron on her own, but that still meant moving frequently, living in the projects, and even temporarily surrendering custody of her son until she could get her finances straightened out.

Fortunately, LeBron found a sanctuary on the basketball court, where he would not only maximize his potential, but forge lasting friendships with four teammates he would play with from junior high through high school: Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Willie McGee and Sian Cotton. He was also very close to their coach, Dru’s dad, who would serve a critical role in shaping his character during his formative years as a father figure.

Perspective on the Lebron James fallout

Perspective on the Lebron James falloutUh, Yes. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert needs to shut up. I’ve never seen so much basketball on national and public media involving the pomp and circumstance leading into the Lebron James team choice, and the subsequent response on all sides. Before I could get into the morning news, a morning meeting partner told me that Gilbert called James “everything but a child of God” (Note: the important part is to project what Gilbert said behind closed doors, and what that really says). I’m not going to waste space going into specifically what Gilbert said.

Sports can always be a great lens for life, and outbursts such as Gilbert’s, and Kanye West’s “George Bush Doesn’t Like Black People!!” serve to announce an issue that probably deserves some pondering and discussion, in order to resolve the issue or concern. Everybody deserves to be heard.

IU sport sociologist creates 'Modern Sport and the African American Experience' anthology

IU sport sociologist creates 'Modern Sport and the African American Experience' anthologyBLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Modern Sport and the African American Experience, a new anthology by Indiana University sport sociologist Gary Sailes, contains 19 essays about male and female athletes, "trash talking," the glass ceiling and other topics related to how sport and African-American culture intertwine.

"African-American culture has a very special relationship with sports," said Sailes, associate professor in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "For a lot of African-American youth their career is sport."

Sailes, also an adjunct professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU, teaches a course, "Modern Sport and the Afro American Experience," for which he regularly compiled a reader for his students.

"There was not a single book out there with what I wanted to do so I figured I would have to do my own anthology," Sailes said.
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