October 31, 2004 |
Joyously exorcising superstitions that had endured for most of a century, more than 3 million Red Sox fans celebrated their team's first World Series victory since 1918 with a parade Saturday that twisted through city streets and splashed straight into the Charles River. The crowd -- about half the population of the state and the largest gathering ever in Boston -- ignored a cold drizzle to begin lining the seven-mile parade route before daybreak. Just after 10 a.m.
April 12, 1999 |
Tiffany Ward sees herself as caretaker of her father's legacy and a stickler for detail. "It's my responsibility to see that the ideals of the family are carried on," said Ward, executive producer of "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Movie." "That the look and feel remain true to the spirit of my father's original characters is absolutely essential," Ward said. For instance, the animated/live action movie features June Foray--the original voice of Rocky.
November 23, 1990 |
Five films later, I have now seen every single minute of every single "Rocky" movie, and I still think the guy he ought to be beating up is his brother-in-law. Alydar. Northern Dancer. Go For Wand. I don't know if God rides, but he has a heck of a stable. A halftime tribute to civil rights? Uh, golly, thanks, Fiesta Bowlers, but I don't think a marching band playing "We Shall Overcome" was exactly what Martin Luther King's followers had in mind.
December 16, 1995 |
So how receptive are fight fans in Philadelphia to tonight's heavyweight match between Mike Tyson and Buster Mathis Jr. at the Spectrum? Let's put it this way. If Tyson were matched against the statue of movie character Rocky Balboa outside the arena, ticket sales might not be going any more slowly. In the minds of most fans, Mathis is only marginally faster than that statue. And he certainly doesn't have as strong a jaw. Besides, although the fight is blacked out in the Philadelphia area, it's still available on free television in neighboring regions.
June 10, 1995 |
Clay court tennis is thought to be a game for the patient, but Friday's men's semifinal matches at the French Open taxed the patience of the spectators. The first match, Thomas Muster against Yevgeny Kafelnikov, lacked interest because of its lopsided, foregone-conclusion nature. Muster won, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. The second, Michael Chang against Sergi Bruguera, held no drama in its long, slow rallies, marked by a distinct lack of spectacular play.
December 21, 2006 |
Here's a headline we never expected before this NFL season started: "Romo, Rivers make Pro Bowl." Tony Romo, who had spent the previous three seasons on the sidelines watching Drew Bledsoe and Quincy Carter undo Dallas, made the NFC squad as a backup quarterback. Philip Rivers, entering this season with zero starts and 30 pass attempts on his NFL resume, made the AFC team as a reserve.
September 19, 1998 |
Oscar De La Hoya got his respect. But he wasn't about to give Julio Cesar Chavez his due after Chavez quit in his corner at the end of the eighth round Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. "He told me he quit," De La Hoya said. "And that was even more satisfying to me. That's the worst thing that a fighter can do. That's why it's even more satisfying than a knockout."
November 14, 1999 |
And the winner, by a split decision, is . . . boxing. Finally, they threw a fight where they didn't throw the fight. Finally, they held a championship boxing match that occasionally included boxing. This morning there is finally a true heavyweight king. And his name ain't Don. That is reason alone to celebrate. Lennox Lewis' unanimous decision Saturday over King subject Evander Holyfield at the Thomas & Mack Center is another. Was it a classic fight? For three rounds, maybe.
February 11, 1992 |
It was Babe Ruth calling his shot. Ted Williams hitting a home run in his last at-bat. It was Dempsey marshaling one more effort to floor Tunney, Marciano fighting on instinct with his nose bent and split. It was a Rocky movie. It was Nicklaus winning his last Masters, Hogan limping up a hill to throw one more 65 at an Open course. It was like hearing Caruso sing "Vesti la Giubba" one more time, Bernhardt doing "Camille" on her last tour. It was one of those moments that give you goose bumps.
December 11, 1985 |
J.B. Williamson, with an entourage that recalled the invasion of Normandy, stormed Prince Mameh Mohammed for the vacant World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title at the Forum Tuesday night. It wasn't exactly the Gorilla War Fare that the former Marine's robe proclaimed. In fact, it wouldn't have passed for much beyond big-time wrestling. But, let it be said, he did win the battle. Williamson, ranked No.