Daly, the well known NBA coach – Dead at 78

Saturday, May 09, 2009
Associated Press – Source
 

1987 file photo: Chuck Daly, head coach of the Detroit Pistons

1987 file photo: Chuck Daly, head coach of the Detroit Pistons

DETROIT —  Chuck Daly, who coached the original Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons, died at age 78 Saturday morning, the Pistons said.

He was renowned for his ability to create harmony out of diverse personalities at all levels of the game, whether they were Ivy Leaguers at Pennsylvania, Dream Teamers Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, or Pistons as dissimilar as Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars. 

“It’s a players’ league. They allow you to coach them or they don’t,” Daly once said. “Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”

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Skiier Caught Dangling Bare-Bottomed on Lift

Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Associated Press – Foxnews.com 

The picture says it all !!!!….flagranny2

There must be an easier way to get on a ski lift??

There must be an easier way to get on a ski lift??

 VAIL, Colo. —  The guy who ended up dangling upside down from a ski lift with his bare bottom whistling in the wind probably doesn’t want to hear any “ski bum” jokes. Vail Resorts said the 48-year-old man wasn’t injured and was rescued after about seven minutes. His name hasn’t been released.

Resort officials have said only that the man was trying getting on the Blue Ski Basin lift on New Year’s Day. They haven’t said what went wrong.

Resort workers stopped the lift, backed it up about 10 or 12 feet and rescued the man.

Bystanders snapped photos and posted them the Internet, showing a man who looks to be hanging by one ski boot, his ski pants and underwear apparently snagged in the chair and reaching no farther than his knees.

Vail spokeswoman Liz Biebl confirmed the photos on one site were in fact the victim.

Fisherman Sets Record, Catches 844-pound Shark Off Florida Panhandle

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Remember hearing about the “big one” that got away, well here is the “big one” that didn’t get away.  Be sure to check out the other picture with the mouth open.  I’d definitely say a case of poor dental care…. lol  

DESTIN, Fla.  —  Six friends went to a fishing tournament looking to catch some grouper. They caught an 844-pound shark instead.

The fight by Adlee Bruner and friends to pull the 11-foot mako shark onto the boat from the Gulf of Mexico took more than an hour on Saturday. But when they made it back to land, it was a record for the decades-old Destin Fishing Rodeo. “It was tense,” Bruner, 47, said about the fight to land the shark, which has a mouthful of huge, fearsome teeth. “I’ve fished for 40 years. I’ve never see one that big.”Bruner and his fishing buddies were on a 52-foot charter boat with Capt. Robert Hill, about 70 miles southwest of this beach city in the Florida Panhandle.

The fishermen first noticed the big mako because it kept eating grouper and scamp they had hooked.

“It was like ‘Jaws,”‘ Hill said.

Hill hooked a two-foot amberine on as bait and tossed it out. The shark eventually hit it.

After the long fight, the shark was gaffed and eventually gave up after its tail was roped. But even then, the men could not get the big shark in the boat. They tied it to the stern with three ropes and made the four-hour trip back to land.

The shark was hoisted at the rodeo before a big crowd. It tipped the scale at 844.4 pounds.

After it was gutted, the mako still weighed 638 pounds, breaking the tournament’s previous shark division record by 338 pounds.

NFL Suspends Michael Vick Indefinitely, Without Pay

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fox News – No matter how nuanced his confession for involvement in dogfighting, Michael Vick got no leniency Friday from the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Atlanta Falcons quarterback indefinitely without pay, just hours after Vick filed a plea agreement that portrayed him as less involved than three co-defendants and guilty mainly of poor judgment for associating with them.

Vick acknowledged bankrolling gambling on the dogfights, but denied placing bets himself or taking any of the winnings. He admitted that dogs not worthy of the pit were killed “as a result of the collective efforts” of himself and two co-defendants.

Click here to read Vick’s plea agreement.

Goodell wasn’t moved and didn’t bother to wait until Monday, when U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson will formally accept the plea and set a sentencing date likely to land Vick in prison for one to five years.

The commissioner said Vick’s admitted conduct was “not only illegal but also cruel and reprehensible.” Even if he didn’t personally place bets, Goodell said, “your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player.”

“Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights. Vick did not receive any of the proceeds of the purses that were won by Bad Newz Kennels,” the court document said.

According to the statement, Vick also was involved with the others in killing six to eight dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions last April. The dogs were executed by drowning or hanging.

“Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts” of Vick, Phillips and Peace, the statement said.

The above is an excerpt taken from the full story which you can follow  here

 

Michael Vick Signs Plea Deal, Admits to Business Involving Dogfighting

Friday, August 24, 2007

                                                      

Fox News -Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick signed a plea deal Friday, admitting to dogfighting allegations that include promoting a business enterprise that involves gambling.

The plea agreement says the business enterprise involves sponsoring and transporting dogs in dogfighting operations.

Vick agrees that the ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ business enterprise involved gambling activities in violation of laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to the plea agreement.

Click here to read Vick’s plea agreement.

Vick knew dogs that did not perform well were being killed in the summer of 2002, but he did not kill any dogs, according to the plea agreement.

Last April, Vick and two co-defendants tested the fighting skills of dogs and the three agreed to kill six to eight dogs that did not perform well. All were killed by various methods that included hanging and drowning.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.

Meanwhile, the NFL quarterback’s father asked his son to give up dogfighting, or to at least put property used in the venture in the names of others to avoid being implicated, a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.  [ Full Story ]

Michael Vick’s Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty in Dogfighting Case

RICHMOND, Va.  As expected, this morning Tony Taylor, a co-defendant in the Michael Vick’s dogfighting case, pleaded guilty to 2 charges. 1) conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities, and 2) conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. [Full Story]

[In my own words…Apparently this gives him the right to not having his sentence increased regardless of his testimony during the trial but does not assure him of no sentence at all.  He has not been granted or promised no prison term at all so he had nothing to lose by pleading guilty. 

Some are saying he has “flipped on Vick” or “his homies sellout” and now the NAACP gets involved.  Is this really a race issue?  The charges are about committing a crime and does not speak to a specific race. 

I believe innocent until proven guilty but there is NO WAY this a race issue but a case about “etreme animal abuse”.   flagranny2]

Michael Vick Update: Co-defendant doesn’t want trial

Saturday, July 28, 2007
  

I’m thinking that maybe prison alone might be too lenient.  Why not let the animals have their day and make it a law that anyone charged and convicted of cruelty to animals that part of their sentence mandates they are to spend X amount of time alone in a prison courtyard with X number of prison/police dogs that have been trained to attack. 

The amount of time and the number of dogs would be left to the courts to be based on the nature of the crime and maybe with the help of Animal Rights orgnizations. 

Of course we know this is not even a reality but somehow it would be nice if the animals could have their say in court.  It is beyond me to think that anyone could treat any animal with such cruelty let alone call it a sport.

Taylor to have plea agreement hearing on Monday

RICHMOND, Va. —  One of Michael Vick‘s co-defendants doesn’t want to wait for trial.

Tony Taylor, a witness in the case and facing charges of “conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities (“Travel Act”)”, and to “sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture, in violation of federal law.”  

If convicted on the Travel Act portion of the conspiracy charge, Taylor, and each defendant, face a statutory maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and full restitution. If convicted on the animal fighting venture portion of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both.

Taylor is expected to make a plea agreement at his hearing Monday morning. 

Other links related to the indictment here

Read full text of the federal indictment