April 17, 2009 |
For more than a generation the avuncular John Madden was the principal voice of America's most popular game, professional football. In his more than 30 years as a broadcaster, the former coach turned announcer appeared on all four networks and was familiar to those old enough to remember his 1977 Super Bowl victory with the Oakland Raiders as to those young enough to tackle his bestselling video game.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON -- After Michael Phelps concluded his record run in Beijing, he vowed never again to swim the 400-meter individual medley. The race was too grueling, he said, and he had no intention of trying try to repeat his 8-for-8 gold medal derby. Yet there he was, swimming the event again this year, repeatedly refusing to say why. "I'll give you the honest answer after I'm done," he said last week. On his first day as a retired swimmer, he did. PHOTOS: Olympic highlights from Day 9 He could not have lived with himself if he could have swum fast enough to win the gold medal in London.
October 9, 2012 |
The finish line for Kobe Bryant's career may be very near. Or maybe not. His contract with the Lakers runs through the 2013-14 season, and Bryant suggested in a recent cbssports.com story he might then retire. After practice Tuesday, reporters asked Bryant if he would only play for two more seasons. "We'll see from year to year where it goes," Bryant said. What would it take for him to come back for a third year? "How the hell do I know?" Bryant said. "It's three years from now. " Bryant suggested that playing pro basketball for nearly two decades is a major mental challenge.
November 20, 2012 |
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced his retirement Tuesday effective at the end of the year -- but not without a sense of humor. "The time has come for me to become a cliché: I turned 65, am going to retire, and cannot wait to spend more time in Miami Beach," Landesman said in a statement released by the NEA. Landesman -- a Tony Award-winning producer of, among other hits, Mel Brooks ' “ The Producers ,” looked back on his three-year term in the statement: “My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible: sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office.” Landesman was president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which produced “Angels in America” on Broadway in 1993-94 after its initial staging at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.
August 31, 2012 |
At 37, Galaxy midfielder David Beckman is more than twice as old as two of his teenage teammates. And there are days, he says, when he feels even older. "It's always harder when you're 37," he said after training Friday. "You always have niggling injuries and you always find it harder to get over games. " But despite that, Beckham isn't thinking about retirement just yet. "I said I wanted to continue playing as long as possible. So we'll see what age I finish at," he said.
May 18, 2013 |
Call it retirement anxiety, or maybe recession obsession. For all of their married life, Patrick Webster, 63, and Susie Martin, 54, have been extremely frugal. Webster and Martin, who both work at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, have been stashing away their combined income at an enviable rate - more than 25% - for retirement. Together they have more than $1 million in investments and no debt. But rather than feeling reasonably secure about their financial future, they dread a return of hard times.