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RIP Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee basketball coach, and an inspiration to two generations of young athletes.


Legend/iconic. R.I.P.

For sure. I also just saw that Buddy Ryan, the defensive coordinator of the 85 Chicago Bears has passed. Two big sports names in short order.
For the players and fans of women's basketball, all of them should thank Pat Summitt. She was the pioneer of the sport, taking it from a club sport to a major sanctioned NCAA sport. For us older people, the girls played six on six with only three players allowed on each side of the center line back in our day. Now they play the five on five full court game.

Summitt was a relentless stickler for the fundamentals of the game. Her Lady Vols were the first dynasty in the sport, only now equaled by UConn. I still remember that 1998 Sports Illustrated article which so accurately detailed her life. RIP to one of the greatest coaches in any sport regardless of gender.
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Originally posted by indybob:
RIP Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee basketball coach, and an inspiration to two generations of young athletes.


It truly is a great loss, especially for us here in Knoxville. She was one of, if not the best, coaches in all of college sports and a great person/ambassador for the game.

I had always wanted an autographed basketball from her and my wife, as a surprise birthday present, went to campus and purchased a Lady Vols basketball. On a whim, she went to Pat's office just to see if she was around and would she be willing to autograph the ball. My wife tells me she welcomed her into her office and happily signed the ball. It is one of my all-time treasured items of Volunteer sports.

RIP Coach Summitt and thanks for everything...
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Originally posted by indybob:
RIP Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee basketball coach, and an inspiration to two generations of young athletes.


Still the D-1 basketball coach with the most wins all time. Coach K and Jim Boeheim might pass her in time, but they would be proud to be mentioned in the same breath with her.
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For the players and fans of women's basketball, all of them should thank Pat Summitt. She was the pioneer of the sport, taking it from a club sport to a major sanctioned NCAA sport. For us older people, the girls played six on six with only three players allowed on each side of the center line back in our day. Now they play the five on five full court game.

Summitt was a relentless stickler for the fundamentals of the game. Her Lady Vols were the first dynasty in the sport, only now equaled by UConn. I still remember that 1998 Sports Illustrated article which so accurately detailed her life. RIP to one of the greatest coaches in any sport regardless of gender.


Of the numerous articles documenting Coach Pat Summitt's career, two of the most notable accolades were:

In the 38 years of coaching, every player who completed their eligibility graduated.

She turned down the men's head basketball coaching job at Tennessee as she did not consider it as a promotion.

RIP
Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter (which I didn't like) and the movie that brought down a studio-- Heaven's Gate, has died. An excellent book on the back story of the Heaven's Gate fiasco is, Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists by Steven Bach is worth reading.
Elie Wiesel.
A man, who, as witness to and historian of the Holocaust, was himself, a piece of history.

His greatest quotes:
"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them."

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

A huge moral force is gone. Frown
No love for Kiarostami from our film buffs?

His film Taste of Cherry won the Palme d'Or in 1997. Close-Up (1990) made the 2012 Sight & Sound list of the Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time. One of his last films was Certified Copy (2010) for which Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress award at Cannes.

Personally, I thought Certified Copy was contrived and difficult to watch. But I respect his long, successful career as a filmmaker.
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Alton Sterling

If we're going to list every person shot by a police officer this is going to be a very long list.


Who do you see doing that?

I would have no idea what your future intentions are. Up to this point we've been RIPing men and women of distinction and accomplishment. Confucius says, "Journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step."
Dennis Green- retired coach who delivered one of the greatest rants in NFL history

I have bumped into him occasionally around here the last few years. He must have retired around here.

One time I walked up to him and asked "are you who I think you are?". He smiled and laughed
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Fyvush Finkel
Age 93. Great star in Yiddish theatre, but won an Emmy for a role in Picket Fences too.


RIP. I did not know he was still alive


He probably didn't know you were alive!!
The guy who played "R2D2" in the Star Wars series, Kenny Baker, died last week. The 3ft 8in actor, who starred in six Star Wars films as well as Time Bandits and Flash Gordon, was 81.

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The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character.
He went on to play the character in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005. He also appeared in a number of other much loved films in the 1980s, including The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.


Kenny Baker obituary.
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"John McLaughlin, the host of TV’s The McLaughlin Group since its debut in January 1982, died on Tuesday at age 89."

I probably started watching his show right around when it began. So much better than today's usual panels on CNN, Fox, etc.

I loved the SNL parodies of his show!

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