January 3, 1992 |
HOW MUCH FOR TOMMY LASORDA'S PRE-SLIMFAST JERSEY?: An award-winning TV spot of the '70s showed Mean Joe Greene tossing his jersey to a kid who offered him a Coke. Now there's a store for sports fans who've always wished they could be that boy. That ad aired in an era before game-worn NFL attire--and other gear worn by famous jocks--became high-priced collectors' items. At Super Stars, a shop in Aspen, Colo.
December 22, 1987 |
"Brian's Song"--recalling the friendship of Chicago Bears star Gayle Sayers and his dying teammate Brian Piccolo--was the 1971 prototype for TV's endless triumph-over-affliction stories about sports figures. The sheer number of these stories has tended to diminish and trivialize the genre. Yet none has ever been more affecting--and astounding--than "One More Season," a documentary about Charlie Wedemeyer, a victim of Lou Gehrig's disease (at 9 tonight on KCET Channel 28).
July 26, 1986 |
Ahhhh. What a perfect afternoon for football. High of about 80, cooled occasionally by a gentle breeze from the unseen ocean. A wispy cloud or two. A few hundred fans in shirt sleeves and shorts, some wearing shoes. This is the sunshine time of year for the Chargers, when the offense is unstoppable and the defense is impenetrable. After all, this is July. And this was a scrimmage with the Rams, an exercise simultaneously meaningful and meaningless.
October 7, 1990 |
Shake hands with Dan Hampton and it seems each of his gnarled fingers points in a different direction. His ankles have to be taped excessively so they won't buckle. He has had 15 broken bones, more than 300 stitches. And that doesn't count any of the 10 knee operations, five on each leg. There's no cartilage at all in the right one. When he walks, he describes the feeling as roughly akin to miniature ball bearings grinding against one another.
November 2, 1999 |
Walter Payton was amazing throughout most of his 13-year NFL career but never more so than in his first two or three seasons, when he ran behind offensive lineman such as Dennis Lick, Jeff Sevy, Revie Sorey, Dan Neal, Dan Peiffer and Noah "Buddha" Jackson. The backup tight end was the punter, Tom Parsons. Stop me when you see a name other than Buddha that you recognize.
December 26, 1988 |
'Tis the season to be sporty. Hold the tra-la-las, though, for "Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story" (9 tonight on Channels 2 and 8) is nothing to sing about. It hardly does justice to the incredible saga of a man who went on to football-coaching glory after refusing to be conquered by Lou Gehrig's disease. "It's very, very cliched," Lucy Wedemeyer said recently of the CBS movie about her husband and their life together after he became seriously ill.