Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
This is the only book that gives a true picture of the character of John
Wooden and the influence of his assistant, Jerry Norman, whose
contributions Wooden ignored and tried to bury.
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man
behind the coach. The players tell their stories in their own words.
Click the book to read the first chapter and for
ordering information. Also available on Kindle.
Sports Medley 5 Nov 14
by Tony Medley
The hoopla surrounding the San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner
because he pitched a complete game in Game 5 and returned three days
later to pitch 5 scoreless innings in relief in game 7 confirms the
supposition expressed here a few weeks ago that today’s pitchers are
90-lb weaklings compared with their predecessors. What’s so remarkable
about what Bumgarner did? In the 1905 World Series, New York Giants’
Christy Mathewson pitched three nine-inning shutouts against the
Philadelphia A’s in the space of five days, allowing a total of 13 hits.
Teammate Joe McGinnity was known as “Iron Man” because he pitched both
games of double headers many times, once three times in the same month.
On May 1, 1920, Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger each pitched all 26 innings
in the 1-1 tie between Brooklyn and Boston (a game that lasted less than
four hours). In the 1958 World Series, the Yankees’ Bullet Bob Turley
threw a complete game shutout in Game Five. He then recorded a
10th-inning save in Game Six. The next day, in Game Seven, he relieved
Don Larsen in the third inning and won his second game in three days,
with 6 2⁄3
innings of two-hit relief.
So for people to fall all over themselves in admiration that Bumgarner
pitched 5 innings three days after pitching 9 innings is laughable. A
few decades ago when pitchers were true athletes like football and
basketball players today and not the 100-pitch prima donnas they have
become, it would be neither unique nor remarkable. In fact, in those
days, Bumgarner probably would have started the seventh game on three
The more things change, the more they stay the same:
Two years’ absence hasn’t changed Kobe Bryant one iota. Contrary to his
reputation, he is the last person who should get the ball at the end of
the game. If the opponents don’t steal the ball from him (which happens
approximately half the time) even while guarded by three men, he takes a
forced, bad shot as all the other Lakers are forced to stand around and
watch him grandstand. So against the Clippers, the Lakers were leading
when the game entered the “nobody but Kobe” last 5-minute stage.
Naturally, each time, he dribbled the clock down, missed five forced
shots badly, and the Clippers came back to win.
Bring Back the Replacement Refs:
The crew working the Rams-49ers game did worse than stink the place out,
which is their normal. They whistled a play dead while a 49er was
fumbling, nullifying the Rams’ recovering and running it in for a
touchdown. Then in the fourth quarter they ruled a Rams’ runner out of
bounds when he was returning a punt for a touchdown when he never came
close to the sideline. Not satisfied, they then failed to blow the
whistle when a Rams’ runner was brutally body-slammed into the ground by
a 49er that happened in open field, normally a 15 yard penalty.
If Id’a know’d I coulda rode, I woulda went:
In the Oakland-Seattle game, former NFL quarterback, TV analyst, and
University of Delaware graduate Rich Gannon opined, “Derek Carr had his
choice. He coulda ran it in.”