“Forgotten Hollywood”- Thrill of Victory / Agony of Defeat…

Posted on May 27, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Sports creates a path for developing prose that offers thrilling drama; with careers defined by a single storyline. Let us consider…

~ Bart Starr was an average quarterback, who by fate, rose to the ranks of football Shangri-la. When teaming with Vince Lombardi on the powerhouse  Green Bay Packers teams that ruled the 1960s, the collaboration ushered in the NFL as America’s most popular sport. Until Brett Favre came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever.

“`After losing the 1960 NFL title game in his first playoff appearance,  the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr, going 9-0, including wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in the first two Super Bowls. He was named the MVP of both contests. Starr has an NFL award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.

“`The mighty Bart Starr was eighty-five.


~ Bill Buckner was a Major League Baseball All-Star and a batting champion, a savvy gamer who was welcome on any team; and a reliable fielder, as well. He played for the  Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox.

“`Bill made his major league debut as a teen, played until he was forty, and amassed  2,715 hits in between. Yet, he is remembered for letting a ground ball go between his legs during a 1986 World Series game between his Red Sox and the New York Mets. Eventually, Boston lost the series, and had to wait another two decades to finally take the Fall Classic.

“`At Fenway Park on Monday, video clips of Buckner’s twenty-two-year career were shown on the scoreboard before the Red Sox played the Cleveland Indians. His headshot was posted, and there was a moment of silence, followed by applause from the crowd. He was no longer a goat in Boston.

“`The gritty Bill Buckner was sixty-nine.


“`On Wide World of Sports, announcer Jim McKay would sum up the nature of sports this way:  The thrill of victory… The agony of defeat. Great drama was never better defined.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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