April 25, 2014 |
TUESDAY WAS the 10th anniversary of the death of former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who was a victim of friendly fire while fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, the first professional football player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War. Earlier this week, ESPN did a special "Outside the Lines" show to commemorate his story and spirit. As you might expect, Temple defensive coordinator Phil Snow, who coached Tillman at Arizona State, couldn't take his eyes away from the TV screen.
April 21, 2013
Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii, beating Lizette Salas with a par on the first hole of a playoff after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water. Charley Hoffman 's quick start gave him a 2-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Saturday. Esteban Toledo , a rookie looking for his first win on the Champions Tour, has a 1-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga. Mark Warren of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 to take a 2-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open in Valencia, Spain.
January 30, 2012 |
JIMMY ROLLINS spoke at a youth clinic in Hampton, Va., over the weekend. The kids learned a lot about baseball and even more about the Phillies shortstop. Rollins said that injuries he suffered in 2010 - when he played a little more than half a season's worth of games because of two calf strains - had a huge effect on the way he played in 2011. Physically, Rollins was in good shape at the beginning of last season. But mentally? According to dailypress.com, Rollins told the kids his 2010 injuries had a lingering impact.
February 4, 2011
THERE IS pointed irony, no doubt, in the Super Bowl week DVD release of "The Tillman Story. " This is a first-rate documentary about Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinal safety who quit pro ball to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11, and was killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. The movie builds a circumstantial case for a conspiracy (ultimately futile) to cover up the events surrounding Tillman's death, a conspiracy that reaches high into the Bush administration. But the movie is more interesting for its unforgettable portrait of the freethinking, unclassifiable Tillman, described by a comrade as a "true American original," certainly a dwindling national resource.
September 11, 2010
The American Anton Corbijn's riveting, arty adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman stars George Clooney as a sharpshooting utility player in the hit-man game. R Going the Distance Winsome Drew Barrymore and winning Justin Long in a raunchily funny story about a couple divided by 3,000 miles and as many other obstacles. R The Tillman Story Pat Tillman gave up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan, reportedly ambushed by the Taliban but actually killed by friendly fire.
September 5, 2010 |
On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was shot and killed in a mountain pass in Afghanistan. The initial reports said that Tillman - the Arizona Cardinals defensive safety who left the NFL and enlisted in the Army after the attacks of 9/11 - had died while valiantly defending his fellow Rangers when they were caught in a Taliban ambush. It was a tragic story, and a great one. Only problem: It wasn't true. Five weeks later, the Army announced that Tillman had been killed by U.S. gunfire, a terrible mistake attributed to "the fog of war. " But the spokesmen stuck to their story about the ambush, and the football star's valor in the heat of battle.
September 3, 2010
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev. With Dannie Tillman, Pat Tillman Sr., and Stan Goff. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Running time: 1 hour, 34 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, mature themes) Showing at: Ritz at the Bourse
September 3, 2010 |
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon. In April 2004 news broke that Cpl. Tillman had died in an ambush by 20 Taliban fighters. Early reports were that he had risked his life so others could live. Posthumously, he was awarded the Silver Star.
September 2, 2010 |
"The Tillman Story" has been endorsed by Michael Moore, but that's no reason to avoid seeing it. Yes, Amir Bar Lev's documentary probably inflates military incompetence, opportunism and butt-covering into a sinister conspiracy, but it also stands as a valuable piece of biography that illuminates the fascinating life of Pat Tillman. Tillman, of course, is the NFL star who dropped his enviable life of fame and lavish compensation and volunteered for the U.S. Army, serving with the Rangers in Iraq then Afghanistan, where he was killed in action by members of his own squad.
September 2, 2010
WHEN ARMY Spc. Russell Baer met Pat Tillman, he expected a "meathead. " Baer served in the same Ranger unit as Tillman, celebrated back home as the football star who quit the NFL and volunteered to serve in the Army after 9/11. "We like to put people boxes, and I was thinking: Meathead. Egotistical, testosterone-driven, chest-thumping male. And he was totally freaking different, an American original," said Baer, who was just yards from his buddy when Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.