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  • Pro Football Hall Of Fame member and former Crimson Tide & Packers legend Bart Starr passed away this morning at the age of 85.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl...cid=spartanntp
    Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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    • Billy Bucks passed away at the age of 69. I remember growing up going to Dodgers games watching him play and then he went on to play for my favorite team in Boston.

      http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...tling-dementia

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      • Originally posted by yankeehater View Post
        Billy Bucks passed away at the age of 69. I remember growing up going to Dodgers games watching him play and then he went on to play for my favorite team in Boston.

        http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...tling-dementia
        I always loved Billy Buck. I didn’t appreciate him as much when he was w/ my favorite team...the Dodgers...b/c I was too young. I believe he was traded for Rick Monday to the Cubs. Buckner could flat out rake. Dude never struck out and he was very underrated. He was on his way to superstardom before breaking his ankle while playing for LA IIRC.

        The BoSox were about to win the ‘86 WS so Manager Joe Morgan (EDIT: Manager John McNamara) wanted to put Buckner in as a tribute to the veteran as he had never won a WS. Dave Stapleton was the defensive replacement who normally would’ve been in the game but it seemed like a no-brainer. It was just an unfortunate error by a player who was a great fielder in his prime but had it been fielded cleanly, it wouldn’t have guaranteed the Red Sox would win as the score would’ve still been tied & extra innings would ensue. Even then, the BoSox had a chance in Game 7 and blew it.

        RIP Billy Buck
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        • Rip BB. One of my favs as a kid.

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          • RIP Roger Moore

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            • Originally posted by Sea Turtle View Post
              RIP Roger Moore
              Not again!

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              • Unfortunately Buckner will always be known for Game 6 of the World Series.

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                • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                  Unfortunately Buckner will always be known for Game 6 of the World Series.
                  Sucks the way it went down too... the game was already blown at that point, and the treatment he got after was pretty bad.
                  I always felt the 'reconciliation' with sawx fans after they finally won one was kind of weak sauce... make the poor guy's life hell for 20 plus years... can't show his face anywhere in town and suddenly he is this welcome hero 'one of us'??? Makes me proud of how Browns fans, largely, have treated Ernest Byner (just over a year later) throughout the years. He's our guy, Dawgpound welcome... constantly at games and held in high regard. We will have his back Super Bowl or no Super Bowl to the day he dies. Buckner deserved the same imo.
                  This sig will not change until The Browns win the Super Bowl... So get real used to it.

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                  • Bucker wasn't know as a good fielder. He made his living with his bat. If anything, the ire should be directed at the Red Sox manager (McNamara?). He put Buckner in the field and IIRC, he hadn't played first base much.

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                    • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                      Bucker wasn't know as a good fielder. He made his living with his bat. If anything, the ire should be directed at the Red Sox manager (McNamara?). He put Buckner in the field and IIRC, he hadn't played first base much.
                      He thought Buckner deserved to be on the field when they clinched, yes...
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                      • Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                        Not again!
                        You only die twice :)

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                        • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                          Unfortunately Buckner will always be known for Game 6 of the World Series.
                          Just like Jackie Smith in Superbowl 13.

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                          • Originally posted by Sea Turtle View Post
                            Just like Jackie Smith in Superbowl 13.
                            But at least Jackie is a Hall-of-famer

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                            • https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...ary/335243002/

                              Famed New Orleans singer & pianist Dr. John passed away a couple of days ago from a heart attack at the age of 77.
                              Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                              • Originally posted by Bishop2b5 View Post
                                https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...ary/335243002/

                                Famed New Orleans singer & pianist Dr. John passed away a couple of days ago from a heart attack at the age of 77.
                                I loved his song 'On the Cover of the Rolling Stone'. Good stuff.

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                                • Originally posted by Sea Turtle View Post
                                  I loved his song 'On the Cover of the Rolling Stone'. Good stuff.
                                  I think you're thinking of Dr. Hook, not Dr. John. I could be wrong though, maybe he also covered it?

                                  "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone" was originally written by famed children's author Shel Silverstein, believe it or not. He wrote a bunch of hits for Dr. Hook including "Sylvia's Mother," very cool song. He's seen here playing harmonica:

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                                  • Originally posted by ulukinatme View Post
                                    I think you're thinking of Dr. Hook, not Dr. John. I could be wrong though, maybe he also covered it?

                                    "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone" was originally written by famed children's author Shel Silverstein, believe it or not. He wrote a bunch of hits for Dr. Hook including "Sylvia's Mother," very cool song.
                                    Sylvia's Mother... man that takes me back. I was in middle school when that was a hit and got in trouble over the song. We had a teacher, Mrs. Cain, who seemed like she was 100 years old and grouchy as hell. She was in her 60's, had taught my dad years before, and was just burned out and tired of dealing with adolescent boys. One day I was playing drums on my desk with a couple of pencils and singing Sylvia's Mother (I was a dumb 13 yr old and Mrs. Cain was out of the room). She walked back in behind me and whacked the hell out of me 2 or 3 times with a yardstick.
                                    Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                      Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                      • Originally posted by Bishop2b5 View Post
                                        Sylvia's Mother... man that takes me back. I was in middle school when that was a hit and got in trouble over the song. We had a teacher, Mrs. Cain, who seemed like she was 100 years old and grouchy as hell. She was in her 60's, had taught my dad years before, and was just burned out and tired of dealing with adolescent boys. One day I was playing drums on my desk with a couple of pencils and singing Sylvia's Mother (I was a dumb 13 yr old and Mrs. Cain was out of the room). She walked back in behind me and whacked the hell out of me 2 or 3 times with a yardstick.
                                        I didn't hear Sylvia's Mother for the first time until about 2002. I was delivering pizza in college, listening to the radio. I don't know what it was, but I was just moved. I was already aware of Dr. Hook before that, but man, does that song tug on the heart strings. At the time I thought it was one of the saddest songs I'd ever heard. There's just something about the soulful pain in Dennis Locorriere's voice, combined with Ray Sawyer's harmony and the harmonica in the background. There's a lot of love/lost love songs, but there's something very unique about that one.

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                                        • Bronco's owner Pat Bowlen passes away. Solid owner over the years.

                                          https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/14/pa...cos-alzheimers

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                                          • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                            Bronco's owner Pat Bowlen passes away. Solid owner over the years.

                                            https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/14/pa...cos-alzheimers
                                            A lot of sad people out this way today. The Bowlen/Elway relationship was the identity of the Denver Broncos.

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                                            • and the operator really did say "40 cents for the next 3 minutes" back in the pay phone days. (for the young uns)

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                                              • Dog the bounty Hunter's wife Beth Chapman passed away this morning.

                                                https://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...man-dead-at-51

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                                                • Lee Iacocca passed away today at the age of 94. I had no idea he was still living. Iacocca was the guy who brought us the Mustang in '64 and later pulled Chrysler out of the grave in the 80's.

                                                  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/au...cid=spartanntp
                                                  Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                                  • He was a force in the auto industry. Did all those commercials and IIRC he actually offered to buy back your car if you weren’t happy.

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                                                    • Hefty Lefty Jared Lorenzen dead at 38... RIP

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                                                      • Originally posted by Bishop2b5 View Post
                                                        Lee Iacocca passed away today at the age of 94. I had no idea he was still living. Iacocca was the guy who brought us the Mustang in '64 and later pulled Chrysler out of the grave in the 80's.

                                                        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/au...cid=spartanntp
                                                        As a Shelby/Mustang & DeLorean guy, my automotive Trinity have now all passed.

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                                                        Hefty Lefty Jared Lorenzen dead at 38... RIP
                                                        Mahommes ain't got nuthin on pass #1.

                                                        <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rest In Peace Jared Lorenzen, the Hefty Lefty <a href="https://t.co/2LWjjk3niJ">pic.twitter.com/2LWjjk3niJ</a></p>&mdash; MyBookie Sportsbook (@betmybookie) <a href="https://twitter.com/betmybookie/status/1146546874142330881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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                                                        • 45,000 bottles of bourbon....

                                                          https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/03/us/ji...rnd/index.html
                                                          The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                          Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                          • Originally posted by GowerND11 View Post
                                                            Hefty Lefty Jared Lorenzen dead at 38... RIP
                                                            I saw he was hospitalized the other day. Cause of death?

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                                                            • Originally posted by Irish YJ View Post
                                                              Well played!

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                                                              • Originally posted by GowerND11 View Post
                                                                Hefty Lefty Jared Lorenzen dead at 38... RIP
                                                                Wow really?? One of the more memorable non ND players ever,... very sad to hear
                                                                This sig will not change until The Browns win the Super Bowl... So get real used to it.

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                                                                • Originally posted by GowerND11 View Post
                                                                  Hefty Lefty Jared Lorenzen dead at 38... RIP
                                                                  He’ll always be remembered for that 7-OT win over Arkansas. Crazy.

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                                                                  • Ross Perot passed away...
                                                                    This sig will not change until The Browns win the Super Bowl... So get real used to it.

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                                                                    • Originally posted by ACamp1900 View Post
                                                                      Ross Perot passed away...
                                                                      As a kid growing up in the 90s all I could ever think about with him was those All That skits...

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                                                                      • It's my highest priority... RIP Ross!

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                                                                        • Would have been a hell of a president. Just ahead of his time. When he worked at IBM, he was their top salesman. His last year at IBM he met his quota for the year in January.
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                                                                          • Originally posted by TheIrishAre#1 View Post
                                                                            Not exactly a famous person, but my father, the reason I consider myself a Notre Dame fan, died recently. It's something I've been needing to get off my chest for, what seems like, the longest time.

                                                                            I'm probably a youngin' here, born in '91. But I've seen Notre Dame football home, away, and at bowl games. I've been to home and away basketball games. Throughout my entire life, my dad and I always shared a Notre Dame bond. In the late 40s, he and his two brothers were the first generation of his Irish family to be born in America. I'll never forget the stories of Notre Dame he told me. He spoke of greatness. Not just championships, but of an underdog upsetting greats like Oklahoma (which, he listened to on a radio with my grandmother) or UCLA in basketball. I never missed a Notre Dame football game with him. When we lived on the East Coast, if we couldn't order the game on ESPN+, we'd listen to it online, which only happened a handful of times. I remember him telling me of Faust getting destroyed by Johnson, only for Parseghian to comment that "Notre Dame will rise again." I remember, the only time abandoning the Irish, going to my room during the 2006 ND @ MSU game, only to run out, screaming in glee, when Lambert returned an INT for a TD. During my college years, away from home, we stayed in touch during the games. And if I couldn't watch the game live, we agreed to ignore football for the day and have the experience simultaneously. To put this in perspective, we had numerous Saturday's where we spent the entire day watching the sport. So, our interest went beyond ND football. We both liked college football, period.

                                                                            Recently, my mother and father moved near my maternal grandparents, and I eventually followed suit. My maternal grandfather died late last year. Although I saw him frequently, and I hate to say this, his death didn't tear me apart. I loved him, yes. No doubt about it, but he was my grandfather. He didn't exactly define anything I do in life. Having said that, he's a graduate of the University of Michigan, and was a huge Wolverine. My father and I never watched football with him, even though we both knew he watched Michigan every Saturday. In fact, my father and I both hold the controversial opinion that Notre Dame should schedule Michigan State over Michigan on a yearly basis, but I digress. Having said that, with the Michigan v Notre Dame game looming overhead, my view has shifted drastically. My mother has, foolishly, agreed to watch the game with me. She knows that I haven't been able to do anything Notre Dame related since the death of my father. Any time I watch or read anything related to Notre Dame football, I can't help myself and I begin to cry. I can only imagine how difficult the position I've put her in. Unlike my father, a Catholic who, at the end of the day, would eventually wish for the Catholic team to win, my mother is a Protestant who doesn't agree with the Catholic Church in any regard. I'm not religious, so that doesn't bother me, but, for some reason, even she agrees to be Irish for just one day in September.

                                                                            Sorry to spam the thread with, admittedly, irrelevant deaths, but this is the only place I thought of to post this. Years, maybe even a decade, ago, I was a member of a site called NotreDameFans.com (was that it? I just remember that markmaysucks.com would redirect to the homepage) and posted on the forums there. I never migrated anywhere. Go Irish!

                                                                            Great post! Others may think of it as SPAM, but I think ALL NOTRE DAME fans are special people and a cut above! I have never met a true ND fan that wasn’t a good person.

                                                                            I am so sorry that you lost your Dad. You and he sound a lot like my Dad and I were. (I am guessing the big difference is, you are a man. From the moment I entered this world, I was a Daddy’s girl. My Mom had to be taken to surgery right after she gave birth to me, so the nurse handed me to my Dad. Then my Mom battled Postpartum Depression so my Dad took care of me by himself for the first six years of my life. I don’t think I missed a ballgame with my Dad!

                                                                            Folks always say that the first year after losing someone we love is the roughest. We have all those moments that suddenly become “first one without ___”. I admit, as I was sitting at my Dads funeral, I couldn’t help but think, will I watch NOTRE DAME play ever again? I would tell myself that I couldn’t! That was “our thing” and without Dad, I just could t do it. It went that way up until kickoff! I watched and I told myself I was going to keep “our” streak going.
                                                                            I won’t lie to you and tell you that it gets better and time heals all wounds. It does t, for me at least. What has happened is, I am able to handle it better. I still love my Dad just as much as I did that moment he took his last breath, as I am sure you feel and will feel the same.

                                                                            If you ever need a friend (a cyber ND friend is a real thing my Dad would say. He thought of these guys on here as his closest friends! To listen to him talk, you would have thought they lived next door!), you can message me on here or DM me and I will send you my email or cell #. We are all ND family in my opinion!

                                                                            GO IRISH
                                                                            GOD BLESS AMERICA

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                                                                            • Rip Torn passed yesterday. Had no idea he was 88. Looked 50 something just 15 years ago.

                                                                              RIP Rip!

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                                                                              • RIP Rip.

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                                                                                • Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                                                                                  Rip Torn passed yesterday. Had no idea he was 88. Looked 50 something just 15 years ago.

                                                                                  RIP Rip!
                                                                                  He's been in a lot of stuff...Men in Black, Hercules, the Larry Sanders Show, Robocop...but Dodgeball will always be my favorite role of his.

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                                                                                  • Jim Bouton, former MLB pitcher and author of the controversial book, "Ball Four" passed away...
                                                                                    This sig will not change until The Browns win the Super Bowl... So get real used to it.

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                                                                                    • https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mma...cid=spartanntp

                                                                                      Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, Olympic gold medalist and winner of world boxing championships in 4 different weight divisions, was struck and killed by a car last night. Preliminary reports are that no drugs, alcohol or speeding were involved, and the likely cause was that he was wearing dark clothing and crossing the street in an unlit area and the driver of the car didn't see him in time. Whitaker was one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world during the late 80's.
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                                                                                      Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                                                                      • Originally posted by ACamp1900 View Post
                                                                                        Jim Bouton, former MLB pitcher and author of the controversial book, "Ball Four" passed away...
                                                                                        Created a huge uproar in sports when it was released. Originally a Yankee, his book talked about the behind the scenes drinking, drugs, womanizing and petty feuds.

                                                                                        RIP Jim

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                                                                                        • Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                                                                          Created a huge uproar in sports when it was released. Originally a Yankee, his book talked about the behind the scenes drinking, drugs, womanizing and petty feuds.

                                                                                          RIP Jim
                                                                                          He dared to speak about the unspoken and was basically blacklisted for a time. One of the first to point out amphetamine use.

                                                                                          Also, invented Big League Chew.

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                                                                                          • https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/cel...cid=spartanntp

                                                                                            Famed actor Rutger Hauer passed away last week at the age of 75.
                                                                                            Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                                                                            • https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...iconti-dead-78

                                                                                              RIP Irish All-American & Pro Football HOF'er Nick Buoniconti....he was 78

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                                                                                              • Nick was one of the great ones. Played tackle for the Irish. Undersized for a tackle he made the move to LB in the NFL and the rest is history. Was a leader in raising funds for research of spinal cord injuries after his son was hurt playing for the Citadel.

                                                                                                RIP Nick.
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                                                                                                • Loved Nick when I was young...RIP! gone too soon!

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                                                                                                  • Originally posted by Irish Joe View Post
                                                                                                    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...iconti-dead-78

                                                                                                    RIP Irish All-American & Pro Football HOF'er Nick Buoniconti....he was 78
                                                                                                    This Man might deserve his own thread. This RIP by a bama fan thing was a good Idea.
                                                                                                    Nick was and Is his own entity within the faithful.

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                                                                                                    I was smarter when I drank...
                                                                                                    I'm always wrong. I'll correct myself If proven so.

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                                                                                                    • Saoirse Kennedy 22... very sad.
                                                                                                      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/u...-overdose.html

                                                                                                      The Kennedy curse continues.
                                                                                                      The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                                                                      Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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