August 3, 2009 |
Famed English soccer coach Sir Bobby Robson passed away Friday, prompting retrospective newspaper articles that focused on Robson's Yogi Berra-esque use of the English language. The Scottish Sun recalled numerous examples, including these: After playing Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup: "We didn't underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought." "There will be a game where somebody scores more than Brazil and that will be the game they lose." "Ray Wilkins' day will come one night."
April 20, 2009 |
A struggling German soccer team just set a precedent that ought to cause Clippers management some anxiety: Energie Cottbus of Germany's Bundesliga is offering an apology to the more than 600 fans who traveled to another city to watch Energie lose to Schalke, 4-0. The loss was the sixth in seven games for Energie, which is second from the bottom in the Bundesliga and struggling to avoid relegation to a lower league -- another concept the Clippers hope the NBA never adopts.
May 4, 2008 |
Pop quiz: What comes to mind when you think about Yogi Berra, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Toni Morrison? Brilliant minds, inspiring souls, trailblazers: All are likely answers. And . . . New Jersey? All have strong ties to the oft-maligned Garden State, and they're among the first 15 people to be inducted today into New Jersey's new Hall of Fame. "I think anything you get inducted to you feel good about," said 82-year-old Berra, the former New York Yankee catcher -- and a member of the baseball Hall of Fame -- who lives in Montclair in northern New Jersey.
August 13, 2007 |
Maybe Charlie Silvera would have been an everyday catcher for the St. Louis Browns or the Washington Senators, or any of the other lower-division teams dwarfed by the dynastic New York Yankees of the late 1940s and early '50s. Or, at the very least, maybe he would have been part of a platoon. But Charlie Silvera didn't play for a lowly, wannabe contender. Silvera played for the mighty Yankees, which meant that he was a backup to Yogi Berra. Which meant, of course, that he rarely played at all.
July 22, 2007
Yogi Berra, Bill James and Jim Brosnan will be inducted today into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of Eternals. James, whose statistical analyses have added a new level of insight into the game, will be on hand for the induction at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Admission is free. Information: (626) 791-7647.
May 16, 2005
Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees' Hall of Fame catcher who hit 358 home runs, celebrated his 80th birthday last week. He is also known for the following Yogi-isms, as cited on his website: * "It ain't over till it's over." * "Never answer an anonymous letter." * "I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four." * "It's deja vu all over again." * "When you come to a fork in the road ... take it." * "I didn't really say everything I said." * "I want to thank you for making this day necessary."