May 9, 1989 |
"I won't be old 'til my feet hurt, and they only hurt when I don't let 'em dance enough, so I'll keep right on dancing. " - Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, dancer Bob Boone doesn't want to dance today. It is a gorgeous afternoon in late April, and the last thing the Kansas City Royals catcher feels like doing is dragging himself down to the stadium six hours before game time to swing around 15-pound weights for an hour and a half. His wife is in town from California for a weekend visit, he has several errands to run and he needs to start packing for a seven-game road trip that begins the next night.
June 8, 1989 |
It is 3 1/2 hours before game time. Too early for batting practice and too hot to amble out yet into the 98-degree sauna that is this steamy late Texas afternoon. In the Texas Rangers' clubhouse, some of the players are passing the time reading, some are playing cards, some are just sitting around, having their consciousness cleansed by the George Thorogood and the Destroyers tape that is playing on the stereo system. In the back of the room, a couple of the kids are having some fun with the old guy again.
July 10, 1991
SIGN OF THE TIMES 'But officer, it said 'Fine for parking'. " - Rick Selvin. UPSET OVER 'UPSET' Why do sports writers and editors continue to use and abuse the word "upset" so that it's now totally meaningless? - Roy Nassau. SHOULD BE 'R, W & A' With all the revived interest in education and literacy, why do we still refer to reading, writing and arithmetic as the "Three Rs?" - Roy Nassau. LAUGH LINE Everything seemed funnier when all the comedians were named "Jackie.
July 24, 2006 |
AS INDEPENDENCE Month comes to a close - and the controversy over "the American Way" being deleted from "Superman Returns" still simmers - it is worth asking whether there are any patriotic heroes left in comics. Of course there is the Man of Steel, although patriotism has been downplayed lately. There is also Captain America, but his status as a symbol of America has not really been explored in his book recently (that's a subject for another column). But a book exploring the complexities and realities of the American dream is "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
December 31, 2004 |
It is New Year's Eve. Some of us are getting out our party shoes; others are planning a quiet evening at home. As usual, I'll be hosting a small gathering with family and friends, safely away from crowds, costly restaurant parties and drunken drivers. The television will be on at 11:55 p.m. for our ritual - watching the ball fall at Times Square. There is another ritual for me, and many thousands of other people, each New Year's Eve. I must decide whether to make resolutions or set goals for the coming year.
October 4, 1992 |
A SHOT IN THE ARM Flu shots aren't just for grownups. "Any child 6 months or older who suffers from severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, a cardiac condition, chronic infections, a chronic lung condition or sickle-cell anemia should be vaccinated," says Sarah Long, chief of the section of infectious diseases at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. LABELING THE PROBLEM School's in, and so, for the 20th year, is Campbell's Labels for Education Program (LFE), which allows schools to redeem Campbell's brand labels for educational equipment.
October 15, 2011 |
There were no more questions for Bernard Hopkins last week at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym on North Third Street after Hopkins had colorfully filibustered through a news conference before Saturday's WBC light-heavyweight world title defense against Chad Dawson in Los Angeles. Then Hopkins, who has a big stake in the pay-per-view promotion, realized one question hadn't been asked. Why watch the fight? Sure, the 46-year-old keeps making history after becoming the oldest fighter to win a major world title.
February 19, 1993 |
Jimmy Connors is 40 and semiretired from the ATP Tour. John McEnroe is 34 and working in a New York art gallery, possibly planning to open his own gallery. Won't that be fun when someone criticizes the paintings in McEnroe's gallery? With McEnroe and Connors non-factors on the tour, soon-to-be 33 Ivan Lendl remains as the "Father Time" of men's tennis. The spry, old coot disposed of Jim Grabb yesterday, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), to set up a quarterfinal tonight against No. 5 seed MaliVai Washington.
October 25, 2013 |
IT'S NOT AS IF Bernard Hopkins needs any additional psychological advantages. In his quarter-century of boxing, the legendary Philadelphia champion has mastered the art of pushing just the right buttons to throw his opponent off edge. Hopkins can be irritating, and if he can talk his way into getting you angry enough to stray from your game plan, he will. He understands the intricacies of the mental warfare that has always been a part of boxing. Now, Mother Nature and Father Time have conspired to give Hopkins the ultimate psychological weapon in the most macho of sports: his advancing age. That's right, old age. For the past decade, experts have said Hopkins, who turns 49 in January, was too old to keep beating fighters who were 10 to 20 years his junior.
February 8, 1986 |
Old? On his way to his 10th consecutive NBA All-Star Game, his 15th straight as a pro, why, Julius Erving wonders, would anyone say that about him? Old? Why, he wondered, would anyone think that tomorrow, in Reunion Arena, would be where the string finally snaps? Old? Because he is 35? Because, on Feb. 22, he will turn 36? "That's interesting," Erving said, "because I won't even be the oldest guy there. Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) and Artis (Gilmore) are older, yet the same focus doesn't seem to be on them.