“Body Shots” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, August 26, 2014
An old boxing coach teaches a junior high schoolkid that one can’t avoid the body blows – or the psychological pain to come later in life.
Doc will read his short story “Here’s to Pete,” about his old, eccentric and enigmatic professor and will talk about his dad’s unpublished 850 page book entitled The Comic Tradition in the United States: The History of Comedy as well as the psychology and philosophy of humor – and the death of comedic genius, Robin Williams.
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The great nation of Brazil’s ignominious 7-1 defeat by Germany at the World Cup semi-finals in July of 2014 in front of their home crowd was a thunderbolt from an angry god. But a little known children’s story by Brazil’s greatest novelist injects magical realism, innocence and perspective in contrast to Brazil’s fanatical worship on the altar of sport victory.
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The 1968 World Series featured two of the finest pitchers of the day, The St. Louis Cardinal’s Bob Gibson (1.12 ERA) and Detroit Tiger’s Denny McLain (31 wins). But the beer-gutted, national-guardsman #2 pitcher for the Tigers, Mickey Lolich steals the show! But, after that year, baseball and the nation are never the same again.
The mythological and heroic story with a “ring” of truth; the story of Phidippedes and his run to Marathon, Athens in the 5th century BC.