One night after his longtime friend and teammate Red Schoendienst was honored on his upcoming 90th birthday, fellow Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial died quietly at age 92 at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at his St. Louis County home under hospice care.
Musial’s family members who did not live here had gathered in the last day when Musial’s health had deteriorated. A family spokesman made the announcement.
Musial, who turned 92 in November, has been in declining health for the last several years, including being afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Lillian Musial, his wife of more than 70 years, had died last May 4.
Considered the greatest Cardinal of them all, Musial also likely was the most popular Cardinal of them all, continuing to make his home in St. Louis after his retirement in 1963.
Playing his entire 22-season career with the Cardinals, Musial is the franchise leader in virtually every category, including hits at 3,630, splitting them evenly at 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.
Selected to play in a record-tying 24 All-Star Games, Musial won seven National League batting titles.
Signed to a professional contract by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher 1938, Musial was converted into an outfielder, where he made his major league debut in 1941.
At the time of his retirement, Musial held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records, and nine All-Star Game records. In addition to overseeing businesses such as Stan Musial and Biggie’s restaurant, Musial served as the Cardinals’ general manager in 1967 and then quit after his team won both the National League title and World Series that year.
Who knew Current TV had so many suitors? Before Al-Jazeera snapped up Al Gore’s little-watched cable network, Glenn Beck tried to buy it, but, as Beck himself tweeted, “we were rejected by progressive owners.” The conservative media personality’s TheBlaze approached Current last year but was told that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,” according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Current’s new pan-Arab owner may not align with everyone’s point of view, either: Time Warner Cable yanked Current from its lineup within hours of the sale, right in the middle of Eliot Spitzer’s nightly show. [Source]
We live in an age of selfishness. People only care about themselves. It seems the richer people are, the worse they become. Take professional athletes of today. These selfish ego-maniacs who already make millions holdout for even more money, even if it means playing for a losing team. That is the world we live in today.
Pat Tillman was the opposite. He was a star in the NFL making millions. He had chances to leave his team a few times for more money. He did not. Tillman respected his owner, coaches and the fans. After the attacks on 9/11, Tillman left the NFL and joined the Army and became a US Ranger to be with his brother. He gave up his millions, fame and safety to serve America and its freedom.
In 2004, Tillman was killed by “friendly fire”. Tillman, like millions before him, gave up his personal freedom for ours. Tillman, and not these selfish overpaid athletes, is a real role model. He is a true American hero. Tillman is the reason we have the freedoms we do today. Let’s all take the time to thank the men and women who serve our great nation.
Driving in a circle 500 laps and making nothing but left turns does not make you an athlete. I don’t care how many rednecks disagree.
Bowling is not a sport. Bowling is something I do at 2am when I’m drunk or stone.
Dude, you play poker. You are far from an athlete.
Besides looking good enough to whack off to, you are no athlete. You have helped me gain muscle in my arms, though.
CANTON (CBS) – The mother of a severely disabled young man is suing a Canton treatment center over what she calls “torture.” As part of her lawsuit, she wants the world to see the shock therapy treatment that the State Senate has been trying to ban for years.
Andre McCollins was born with acute mental and behavioral difficulties. Andre’s mother Cheryl is suing three doctors and the Judge Rotenberg Center for negligence. The psychologists are Dr. Robert von Heyn, Dr. James Riley, and Dr. Matthew Israel. Dr. Israel, who is now 79, is the founder and is retired.
In court Wednesday, an expert witness for the family testified that the doctors stood by as Andre was shocked in 2002 at the age of 18. He says Andre was literally “scared stiff.”
Disturbing video of the treatment was shown in court. Jurors listened as Andre screamed as he was shocked, and yelled out, “No.” He was then restrained face down for hours.
“He was essentially in what we would call a catatonic condition,” says Dr. Marc Whaley. “That means a condition that happens with people that are acutely psychotically disturbed.”
Senator Brian Joyce has been working for a decade to ban the use of shock therapy there. “It’s really horrible and it’s unbelievable that it still takes place in 2012 in the United States of America,” says Senator Joyce. “To my knowledge it’s not allowed in any other state in the union.”
The Judge Rotenberg Center and its supporters say parents seek them out when other treatments, including medication, have failed
Hurling (Irish: Iománaíocht/Iomáint) is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years, and is thought to be the world’s fastest field team game in terms of game play. One of Ireland’s native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie (camógaíocht). It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty (camanachd) which is played predominantly in Scotland.
The object of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley (in Irish a camán, pronounced /ˈkæmən/) to hit a small ball called a sliotar ( /ˈʃlɪtər/) between the opponents’ goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.
Baiting people is allowed although body-checking or shoulder-charging is illegal. No protective padding is worn by players. A plastic protective helmet with faceguard is mandatory for all age groups, including senior level, as of 2010. The game has been described as “a bastion of humility”, with player names absent from jerseys and a player’s number decided by his position on the field.
Hurling is played throughout the world, and is popular among members of the Irish diaspora in the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina. In Ireland, it is a fixture of life. It has featured regularly in both film and literature. In 2007, Forbes magazine described the media attention and population multiplication of Thurles town ahead of one of the game’s annual provincial hurling finals as being “the rough equivalent of 30 million Americans watching a regional lacrosse game.” American soldiers have also expressed their love of the game’s warrior ethos.
- A team comprises 15 players, or “hurlers.”
- The hurley is generally 79–100 cm (31–40 inches) in length
- The goalkeeper’s hurley usually has a bas (the flattened, curved end) twice the size of other players’ hurleys to provide some advantage against the fast moving sliotar.
- The ball, known as a sliotar, has a cork center and a leather cover; it is between 69 and 72 mm in diameter, and weighs between 110 and 120 g
- A good strike with a hurley can propel the ball up to and over 150 km/h (93 mph) in speed and 110 metres (361 ft) in distance.
- A ball hit over the bar is worth one point. A ball that is hit under the bar is called a goal and is worth three points.
- As of 2010 all players must wear a helmet, and may wear other protection such as shinguards and/or a special kind of glove called an ashguard.
Hurling is played on a pitch 135 – 145 m long and 80 – 90 m wide. The goals at each end of the field are formed by two posts, which are usually 6 m high, set 6.4 m apart, and connected 2.44 m above the ground by a crossbar. A net extending in back of the goal is attached to the crossbar and lower goal posts. The same pitch is used for Gaelic football; the GAA, which organises both sports, decided this to facilitate dual usage. Lines are marked at 13 m, 20 m, 65 m and 45 m in gaelic football from each end-line. Shorter pitches and smaller goals are used by under-13s and younger.
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MKG was at Cardboard Heroes in the St. Matthews Mall this past Tuesday. I had him sign the above Jersey that I own. I can’t wait to frame that bad boy. It was well worth the $50! MKG will be missed. Good luck in the NBA!