November 13, 2010
They say all good things come to an end, but this one seems rather premature. The chemistry between these two have been great, and people in the Bay Area have had a love affair with the pair.
Now that the Giants have won the World Series, breaking up is hard to do….
ESPN replaces Jon Miller-Joe Morgan team for baseball broadcastsPhoto by AP – File
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan spent 21 seasons together in ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, an extraordinarily long run in the world of national sports television. But there will not be a 22nd.
With both of their contracts having expired, ESPN decided it was time to make the long-anticipated move to replace them and give the booth a fresh sound.
ESPN did not name a replacement, but The New York Times [NYT] reported the leading candidate is Dan Shulman, long one of the network’s most respected play-by-play men.
Orel Hershiser, who joined Miller and Morgan last season, presumably would stay on as an analyst. Bobby Valentine could serve as a third man in the booth, the Times reported.
Miller might stay with the company as the radio voice of ESPN’s Sunday games, but Morgan will not. For years the Hall of Fame second baseman’s work has been a target of many critics in the media and among fans.
Miller’s primary job is as play-by-play voice of the World Series champion Giants, whose crowning moment he called on radio for ESPN alongside Morgan. Miller received the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award this past summer.
“Jon and Joe have contributed greatly to the success of ’Sunday Night Baseball’ for the past 21 seasons,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williams said in a statement.
“Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport’s top analysts and Jon’s Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere. We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work.”
October 22, 2010
Maybe this can be a ring that he actually helps to get…just kidding, you are a Laker, so I got your back…
This is a good sign for Laker fans. Ronin’s girl Khloe helped Lamar get another ring, so this has to be good right?
Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, 26, and tennis star Maria Sharapova, 23, are engaged to be married, the basketball player announced before Thursday night’s 120-99 preseason win over the Golden State Warriors.The proposal — which he characterized as “probably old-school” — came on the one-year anniversary of when they first met at a friend’s barbecue. “I had to do it like a gentleman,” Vujacic said.
“She was happy. The answer was yes, so I think she liked it,” said Vujacic, who the Riverside Press-Enterprise said was returning to the court after three games off due to a concussion.
The point guard made his announcement on a night when Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were both absent — more spotlight for him and his bride.
Now, if we don’t repeat, I will be blaming YOU! (jk, jk…you should not be the reason we win or lose…) You clearly are the winner here Sasha…
October 6, 2010
Owners of Brett Farve rejoice!
(I am one of those owners who had to bench him, even though I was able to steal him in the 9th round of a ten team draft)
Traffic Cops, be afraid, be very afraid in the Twin Cities! remember “straight cash homie” is going to a city near you!
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 25, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss was arrested Tuesday after being accused of bumping a police traffic officer with his car.
The officer tried to stop Moss from making an illegal turn, and Moss used his car to slowly push the officer along the street, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington said.
Barrington said an assault charge was being considered.
The officer was not seriously hurt, WCCO-TV reported
Where is Ludacris when you need him?
Maybe we should extend an Amber warning to all the skeezers and skanks and scallywags (all better known as hoes, and like method man and redman, I mean it in a good way)
The Vikings sent a third-round pick to the Patriots in return for Moss, who becomes a key weapon for Minnesota QB Brett Favre.
The teams had not yet confirmed the trade. But Vikings S Madieu Williams said on Twitter that the deal was “official.”
Moss returns to the team where he spent the first seven years of his career. Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs from 1998-2004 in Minnesota.
It leaves the Patriots and QB Tom Brady without the stretch-the-field wideout who set an NFL single-season record of 23 receiving TDs in 2007.
From the Patriots position, they were on the come-up. First, they got more for the guy then what they paid for. When he was dealt from the blogs favorite team, the RAIDERS, they only got a 4th round pick, because they were happy to get rid of his contract and his dour attitude. (We still miss what could have been here in Oakland Randy) It is rare in the NFL that assets acquire more value later in their careers. Second, they did not have to give him an expensive contract extension.
Moss did not get a contract extension from the Vikings as part of the deal, NFL Network reported.
ESPN reported that Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke by phone to inform Moss of the trade on Wednesday morning. The network described their conversation as cordial.
For Favre, the trade gives him a serious receiving threat that he has long lobbied to acquire and that he has lacked this season with Sidney Rice injured. Favre, with the Packers in 2007, pushed the team to acquire Moss but lost out to the Patriots.
This is exactly what Father Time, I mean Favre needs to get the offense on a roll. Soon, they will get Sidney Rice back and that offense will be firing on all cylinders. You will have AP (not our boy tophatal, but Adrian Peterson) Headache (not the AND1 baller, but Percy Harvin) Moss, and Rice. Plus, you have Shank Em at TE, so weapons are everywhere.
The receiver will return to New England on Oct. 31, when the Vikings visit Foxborough to the play Patriots (a game that occurs only once every eight years). Fox was already scheduled to broadcast that game nationally at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Moss’ final game in a New England uniform on Monday turned out to be his only in more than three years in which he did not catch a pass. The Herald reported that Moss had asked the Patriots to trade him after Week 1, when he had an outburst about his contract following a win against Cincinnati. Moss later apologized and said he and coach Belichick had cleared the air.
Moss, whose deal expires after the season, said after Week 1 that he wanted to stay with Patriots but added he thought this would be his final year in New England.
Moss is set to appear on Monday Night Football for the second straight week when the Vikings travel to play the New York Jets next week. He’ll likely be matched up again with Jets CBDarrelle Revis, who hasn’t played since tweaking his hamstring on a TD pass he allowed to Moss in Week 2.
Moss will be just second player to appear on MNF back to back. Keith Browner played for the San Francisco 49ers against the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1987, then played for the Los Angeles Raiders against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12 (viaESPN and Elias Sports Bureau).
Since the Vikings have already had their bye and the Patriots’ is Sunday, Moss could become the sixth player to play in 17 games if he plays in the rest of the Vikings’ contests.
This is another bonus to fantasy players who got jobbed this week by his unusual lack of effectiveness. It is the functional equivalent of the “do-over” in backyard sports. I guarantee that Favre will target him early and often…he is sure to be a “hit”!
Kassim Osgood jumps from 2nd story window to avoid gunfire…had you listened to us on the Steve McNair story, you would know to avoid side pieces!
September 30, 2010
I guess the life of a professional athlete leaves you with a lot of time on your hands. You definitely train and go to practice, but once that is done, you are left to your own devices. If you have you head on straight, you make sure your body can recover from the brutal pounding you take in practice and in games.
Some players take ice baths to help stimulate recovery faster. Your body is a temple that you want to be able to operate at peak performance. Jumping out of windows like you are Superman is not going to help.
Posted Sept. 30, 2010 @ 9:45 a.m. ET
aguars WR Kassim Osgood had to jump for his life on Monday night when he leapt out of a second-floor window to escape a armed intruder who attacked him and a 19-year-old Jaguars cheerleader, according to police.
Okay…I don’t want to minimize what happened, but a second story window is about ten feet off the ground. He didn’t jump from a ten story window, just ten feet. Growing up, I used to have to do that all the time, as I had to sneak into my girlfriends room occasionally without being seen.
The Boston Herald gives some details about the alleged attacker
Julian Armond Bartletto, 20, of the 10500 block of Running Oak Court has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and violation of an injunction, police said. He was booked into the Duval County jail ineligible for bail, according to jail records.
Second issue is that Kassim, you are thirty. Now, I am not an age NAZI, since love doesn’t measure age in the equation. But, what are you doing with a girl fresh out of high school? You are a professional athlete, with thirsty hoes, groupies are available everywhere.
Osgood was watching television late Monday night with Mackenzie Rae Putnal when the armed intruder, Putnal’s ex-boyfriend, entered wielding a gun. The intruder pistol-whipped Osgood in the head after pulling Putnal by her hair and hitting her with the gun and his fists.
Putnal escaped to her parents’ home downstairs and grabbed a gun. Putnal exchanged fire with the intruder but shots from both guns missed.
Okay, I will be the first to admit that I want a woman who is down for gangster ish like this. Having the wherewithal to absorb some beating, then escape to get the piece and fire off some caps trying to hit dude is cause for me to give you dap, Mackenzie. Even more amazing is in the details. The Herald continues
By the time it was over, police said the armed intruder had traded gunfire with the woman after sticking a gun to her head, saying, “What did that football player say to his girlfriend, ’It’s a good day to die,’ ” misquoting ex-Florida Gator Chris Rainey’s recent text message to a former girlfriend after an arrest.
The fact that she was mentally tough to take some beating, and the psychological torture that her ex attempted to inflict… Pro Football Weekly picks up the story…
Osgood jammed a chair under the door and jumped out a window to the lawn below. He ran to a neighbor’s house to call police. Osgood sustained minor bruises during the attack and while fleeing.
In the words of Riley Freeman, that is a real b*&$# move…you left your girl.
How are you just going to leave her like that? Plus, you don’t have a cell phone that you could have used to call the police from the house and made sure your jump-off was okay? I mean, you are leaving her to fire back and defend herself! But, on the other hand, you are proving that women are equal to men. No patriarchal rhetoric here! It’s okay for you to bring home the bacon and fire the guns in the house. N.O.W. would be proud… The Herald gives a little more light to the story than PFW, since they are more concerned with the fantasy aspect of the story. (I am bet that Osgood is benched or probably chilling on the FA wire in your league)
Mackenzie Rae Putnal and Osgood, 30, were watching television in a second-floor game room just before 11:15 p.m. when a man walked in with his face covered with a plastic bag and pointed a gun at them. Exclaiming that “I can’t believe you’re with that guy,” he pulled Putnal around the room by her hair and hit her with gun and fists before hitting Osgood in the head with the weapon too, the arrest report said.
I wonder what ex was referring to, his age, or the fact that outside of special teams, he is not that good? Maybe Kassim cost him a victory in fantasy football…the dude was talking ish about Kassim though….
The gunman took the woman’s cell phone and tackled her when she tried to flee, holding the gun to her head as well as Osgood’s and also hitting her dog several times. When ordered to sit on the floor, Putnal escaped down a hall and leaped over the balcony to the floor below, the report said.
The gunman ran after her, so Osgood jammed a chair under the game room door handle and jumped out a window to the lawn below, running to a neighbor’s house to call police. Meanwhile, Bartletto and Putnal confronted each other downstairs with guns. The woman targeted him with her laser sight before both shot at each other and missed.
I gotta again give dap to the parents for having the laser sight, but how do you miss then? Sometimes a higher force is looking out for fools. Plus, this is a girl you might want to have in the foxhole. Notice the story doesn’t mention her bruises or any injury, but we know that Kassim got lumped up? She jumped out the window too to the ground below. I wonder do her parents know that a thirty year old man is beating the coochie up of their nineteen year old daughter?
“He’s fine,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “I’m aware of it. I really can’t comment on that whole deal. He’s doing OK.”
Osgood is in his first year with the Jaguars after signing as a free agent this past offseason. He has made three Pro Bowls as a special-teams player — all with the Chargers — and has a 24-yard TD catch this season.
Maybe this is why teams don’t allow or frown on relationships between players and cheerleaders. I started this missive as a warning about jump-offs and side pieces. That message is still an important one to carry on. Steve McNair got caught up with a young tenderoni (shout out to Bobby Brown) and he had his life ended due to the drama surrounding her. While the side piece was not the main culprit ( and in fact, she is the hero in the situation) in of the scenario, hanging out with her was. Listen to Wu-Tang Kassim…protect your neck!
p.s. This is not a small dude…
Osgood, 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Jaguars’ home-opening win against the Denver Broncos. He played seven years for the San Diego Chargers before signing this year with the Jaguars.
One shirt that I have in my collection is a shirt of Charles Barkley with the quotation, “I am not a role model…” His professional stature should not be the reason to look up to him. You measure a man by what he has done for the good of society, not what he can score. With George Blanda, I took away his incredible work ethic. the lottery of birth failed him somewhat, because if he had been born fourty years later, he would be rich, and not just spiritually or emotionally, but paper rich. ESPN records the loss of one of the greats…
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders say Hall of Fame quarterback George Blanda has died. He was 83.
A Raiders’ spokesman confirmed the death Monday.
Blanda spent 26 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback and kicker while playing for three different teams. He spent 10 seasons with Chicago, seven with the Houston Oilers and nine with the Raiders before retiring in 1976 at the age of 48.
Blanda was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, 1981.
Blanda is remembered most for his heroics in the 1970 season when at age 43, he threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal in the Raiders’ comeback victory over thePittsburgh Steelers.
In that same season, Blanda also kicked a 52-yard field goal to defeat the Cleveland Browns, threw a winning touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos and booted a last-minute field goal to defeat the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders ended up losing to the Baltimore Colts in the 1970 AFC title game, but Blanda became the oldest player ever in a title game.
Blanda played 340 games over his 26 seasons (1949-75) in pro football. Despite having an offseason job for 22 years of his pro career as the sales manager of a trucking company, he found time for aerobics, handball, racquetball and jogging on a daily basis. He also did countless push-ups and sit-ups.
A private funeral service will be held for the family and a memorial service is being arranged, according to the Raiders.
Think about all the records he held or currently holds. He epitomized hard work, and the never say die attitude.
Blanda finished his 26 Professional Football seasons having completed 1,911 of 4,007 pass attempts for 26,920 yards and 236 touchdowns. Blanda also held the NFL record for most interceptions thrown with 277, until Brett Favre broke it on October 14, 2007. He rushed for 344 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground, kicked 335 of 641 field goals, and 943 of 959 extra points, giving him 2,002 total points. Additional stats include 1 interception, 2 kickoff returns for 19 yards, 22 punts for 809 yards, and 23 fumble recoveries.
Blanda holds the following Professional Football records:
- Passing TD’s in a game: 7 (Tied with 4 others) November 19, 1961 vs. New York Titans
- Most seasons played: 26 (1949-58, 1960-75)
- Most seasons scoring a point: 26
- One of two players to play in 4 different decades: (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s) – Jeff Feagles being the other
- Most PATs made (943) and attempted (959)
- Most interceptions thrown, single season: 42 (1962)
- Held record of most pass attempts in a single game: 68 (37 completions, vs. New York Titans on 11/1/1961) until 1994 when Drew Bledsoe had 70
- Oldest person to play in an NFL game: 48 years, 109 days
- First player ever to score over 2,000 points
- Oldest quarterback to start a title game
- 3rd Fewest receiving yards in a career: -16
- Most total points accounted for (including TD passes) in a career: 3,418 (not an official stat)
He is the placekicker on the All-Time All-AFL Team, and was one of only 20 players to play all ten years of the AFL, as well as one of only three who were in every AFL game their teams played. Blanda was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility, and also was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame.
September 6, 2010
We need you out here in Oakland to put the offense back among the leaders. You can also teach Hey Ba-baby how to be a number one reciever in the NFL.
Seems like we might have a resolution on this one soon.
You already have your 40 million guaranteed by the Seattle Seahawks, so this should be about fit and playing time. The resurrection of the Raiders is a ride you do not want to miss. The fans are passionate out here and if you are part of turning it around, you will never have to take your wallet out again in this town.
On Saturday, we made note of four teams that had been in trade discussions regarding Houshmandzadeh when he was still in the employ of the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the possibility of a signing by the Oakland Raiders or Washington Redskins. Now that he’s been cut, one would expect that those four teams — the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings,New York Jets and San Diego Chargers — may take a closer look.
We’ve also been hearing some chatter on the St. Louis Rams as a possible destination, although the fit with coach Steve Spagnuolo’s philosophies might not be the greatest, considering Houshmandzadeh’s personality.
Expect some quick movement on this once the waiver claims are sorted out on Sunday.
– Tim Kavanagh
The only one he really hurt is himself…
An attorney for Plaxico Burress poured cold water on the story that Burress might be just weeks away from stepping out of a New York prison.
Lawyer Peter Frankel told the New York Daily News that while Burress has a work release application pending, it’s no sure thing that prison officials will grant it and still a long shot that they would allow him to return to the NFL this season.
“To say he’ll be out in two to three weeks is certainly premature,” Frankel told the paper.
The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Burress was weeks away from a potential release. Frankel explained to the News that it was a flawed analysis.
“That was somebody going to visit him, and saying he was hopeful he might be moved in two to three weeks,” Frankel said, “and suddenly that turned into ‘He’ll be out in two to three weeks.’ ”
And if prison officials grant work release to Burress, they may prevent him from returning to the NFL until after his sentence expires next year.
A prison spokesman told the News that work-release inmates normally perform their service in the community.
— Sean Leahy
With the football season close by and players starting to report to training camp, the urge to do something that he has done most his life is starting to creep in again. The feeling of going to raining camp, even though no one really likes it, is ingrained into every players DNA. Just look at the drama with the Brett Favre situation. Hopefully he gets out and returns to the field.
July 27, 2010
I certainly hope so. The time of prison might have shown him that playtime is over…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University says former football star Maurice Clarett has been granted re-entry to pursue his degree after he spent more than three years in prison.
Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch says in a statement that Clarett started classes on Monday after he was readmitted by the College of Education and Human Ecology, where he was originally enrolled.
Clarett says in a statement that it is a “surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State” and that he doesn’t want to be a “distraction or nuisance” to the football team or other students.
Clarett led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship in his only college season. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, and served 3½ years in a Toledo prison, where he took college-credit courses.
Maybe he got some credits in prison…I hope him good luck and that he truly learned from this lesson. The education can take him farther than football…
Damn, they have to prove themselves innocent, not come in with that presumption. That is a sad state of affairs in the world of Troy.
Every University of Southern Califonia football player must meet with school compliance officials by the end of next week, in what looks to be the school’s latest effort to curtail possible NCAA-outlawed activities for its student-athletes.
A notice posted in multiple locations around USC athletics headquarters Heritage Hall reminds players to bring current copies of their housing lease, car-related data and summer and academic year employment information to the meetings.
The first of the meetings — for wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen — was scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Heritage Hall auditorium. Defensive linemen and quarterbacks will meet with compliance officials Thursday morning.
Any other mistakes will be looked upon harshly. But, why? I mean, just because Joe McKnight’s girlfriend got a sweetheart deal on a car that she otherwise couldn’t afford?
We all know about Reggie Bush, but that was a one time occurrence, right? (according to Rivals.yahoo.com)
But documents and on-the-record interviews with sources close to the situation reveal that Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits from Ornstein and a business associate. Those benefits include:
- $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush’s stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The fees were charged to the credit card of Jamie Fritz, an employee of Ornstein. The document detailing the charges was provided by Lee Pfeifer, an estranged business associate of Ornstein’s.
- $250.65 for limousine transportation from the Oakland airport to the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco that November weekend for the Bush family, charged to Fritz, according to a document. Ornstein acknowledged both he and Bush’s family stayed at the luxury hotel.
Additionally, New Jersey memorabilia dealer Bob DeMartino alleges that Ornstein provided:
- Suits for Bush’s stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation;
- Weekly payments of at least $1,500 to the Bush family.
Documents and multiple sources also link Bush and his family to receiving benefits from New Era’s financial backers, including:
- $623.63 for a hotel stay by Bush at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from March 11-13, 2005, charged to Michaels, according to a document signed by Bush.
- $1,574.86 for a stay by Bush at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego from March 4-6, 2005, paid for by Michaels, according to a hotel document, a hotel employee and a source.
- Approximately $13,000 to Bush from New Era to purchase and modify a car, three sources said.
- As reported by Yahoo! Sports in April, $54,000 in rent-free living for a year at Michaels’ $757,500 home in Spring Valley, Calif., according to Michaels and San Diego attorney Brian Watkins.
- Also from previous Yahoo! reports, $28,000 from Michaels to help Bush’s family settle pre-existing debt, according to Michaels and Watkins.
- Thousands of dollars in spending money to both Bush and his family from the prospective agents, according to multiple sources.
Just because Mark Sanchez allegedly assaulted a girl and the charges got dropped doesn’t prove anything…right?
Sanchez met the alleged victim the apartment complex after visiting an off-campus bar, the Daily News reported, citing unnamed witnesses. The witnesses said Sanchez appeared to be drunk, the newspaper reported.
Sanchez’s roommate, linebacker Brian Cushing, was detained but released, the newspaper reported.
Sanchez had been at a rape awareness workshop earlier Tuesday, the Daily News reported.
So it seems like the seminar really worked….
USC officials said they will temporarily suspend Sanchez while police conduct their investigation.
“The university takes charges of sexual assault seriously,” Michael Jackson, USC vice president of student affairs, said in a statement. “Depending on the facts as established by the LAPD, we will determine the appropriate action.”
USC coach Pete Carroll said he was aware of Sanchez’s arrest and that the Trojans football program would cooperate with police and “follow along with whatever action the university takes.”
Sanchez is listed on the Trojans’ depth chart as the backup to John David Booty, but was expected to battle for the starting job this fall. Booty practiced only once this spring before he injured his back and had to undergo surgery.
Dwayne Jerrett getting reduced housing was clearly a sense of the rules being a little too strenuous.
LOS ANGELES — The NCAA reinstated Dwayne Jarrett’s eligibility on Wednesday, so the USC All-American wide receiver will not miss any games for the Trojans.
Jarrett, a junior, was declared ineligible earlier this summer because he did not pay full rent on an off-campus apartment he had shared with teammate Matt Leinart. Leinart’s father paid the balance of the rent.
Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, completed his eligibility at the school last season and was taken 10th by the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s NFL draft.
The NCAA ruled that Jarrett must pay $5,352 to a charity of his choice for extra benefits that included discounted rent on the apartment.
“Mr. Jarrett made a mistake, and we believe that had he known he was required to pay his full share of the rent for the apartment, he would not have chosen to live there,” Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement, said in a statement.
“Reinstatement is a delicate balance of addressing the benefit or competitive advantage gained with student-athlete well being. In this instance, requiring some level of repayment was a fair and reasonable outcome given the specific facts.”
Jarrett lived with Leinart for 13 months in an apartment that cost $3,866 a month. Jarrett paid $650 a month toward the rent and did not pay any utilities.
The NCAA is requiring him to give to charity the full value of his $960 monthly housing stipend, minus what he already paid in rent, plus half the cost of utilities for the time he lived in the apartment.
His total benefit while he lived in the apartment was calculated to be $18,001.
This is an aberration clearly. This is just a strong of bad things that happened to good people. I wish that they would quit picking on the downtrodden USC Trojans
July 13, 2010
The Boss is finally gone. Will the Yankees win anymore without the fire exhibited by Steinbrenner? He was beloved by some, mocked by others, but he had only one goal, which was to win.
The USA Today, today explains…
The New York Yankees have confirmed that owner George Steinbrenner is dead, at the age of 80.
The New York Daily News, citing a Yankees team source, said Steinbrenner died at about 6:30 a.m. ET today in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack last night.
A family statement said: “It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80.”
WABC reported Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack last night and was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa.
Steinbrenner last week told the AP he was “feeling good” after spending a couple hours in his office at the Yankees’ spring training complex.
During Steinbrenner’s ownership, the Yankees have won 11 pennants and seven World Series.
The Yankees website is acknowledging that there are reports about Steinbrenner suffering a heart attack, but makes no further comment, as of 9:55 a.m. ET.
When Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4 at his home in Tampa, he said in a press release through his spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein:
“I want to thank everyone who has sent their good wishes. I am very fortunate to have the love and support of a great family and many, many friends. The Yankees and their fans are a large part of what keeps me going. It means a lot. And I remind everyone that the Fourth of July is also the birthday of our country. We are all lucky to be Americans.”
Steinbrenner will be remembered for many things. Among them:
He hired — and fired — Billy Martin for five separate managerial stints. He also made a Miller Lite commercial with his favorite manager.
His five-year, $3 million contract with Reggie Jackson in 1977 ushered in the era of big-time free agency money, and proved worth it when Jackson went on to earn the name of Mr. October.
During the 1981 World Series Steinbrenner contended he had broken his hand while punching out two abusive Dodgers fans. Those alleged fans never were found, and it was widely suspected that The Boss had injured himself by punching an elevator wall because he was angry about a Yankees loss.
When Dave Winfield failed to produce significantly for the Yankees, Steinbrenner belittled him as Mr. May. In 1990 he was suspended for life — but late reinstated — for hiring someone to dig up dirt on Winfield.
His failing health became obvious at the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, when Steinbrenner was driven onto the field in a golf cart. He met with former players and broke into tears. Later that year, he gave control of the team to his sons.
The understanding of fragility is a hard pill to take. It must have killed him to turn over the team to his sons and in some ways led to his death. He put all he had into the Yankees and the team should be proud.