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The Sports RIP Thread
« on: June 2, 2005, 02:30 PM »
The greatest Laker ever and quite possibly the first half of the 20th Century's greatest superstar (well maybe behind the Babe) has died today at the age of 80

RIP George

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The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #1 on: June 2, 2005, 02:32 PM »
http://espn.go.com/classic/obit/s/2005/0602/2074322.html

RIP George Mikan  :'(

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Re: The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #2 on: June 2, 2005, 02:37 PM »
Wow, that's very sad.  Very sad.  The first real basketball superstar, and one of MN's finest sports figures, for sure.  One that us L.A. Laker fans can't really lay claim to, of course.  I'm glad that he and the rest of the MN Lakers got their proper due (as Laker legends) a couple years ago here in L.A. while he was still around though.

RIP George.  :'(
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Re: The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #3 on: June 3, 2005, 09:25 AM »
RIP George.  The NBA's original big man is in a better place. 

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Re: The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #4 on: June 6, 2005, 07:54 PM »
I trust you guys heard that Shaq's paying for his funeral.  That's very generous and nice of him.  Even if Shaq is a whiny little pee-hole.  At least he's capable of showing some respect to the man who paved the way for him, so kudos to Shaq for that.

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Re: The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #5 on: June 9, 2005, 12:47 AM »
That is cool of Shaq, but why is he doing it?  I mean aside from the respect angle.  Is Mikan/family not able to afford it?  That would be quite sad. :-\
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Re: The Sports RIP Thread - RIP George Mikan
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2005, 05:43 PM »
Is Mikan/family not able to afford it?  That would be quite sad. :-\

That sounds like it's the case, actually.  Perhaps they might've been able to barely afford it, but apparently neither he, nor his family, have much money at all anymore.  Sad indeed.  So Shaq pitching in to cover things is a huge relief for them, I'm sure, not to mention he'll probably get some fancier stuff in the process, which is nice.

Shaq may be a whiny brat nowadays, but I would never question his generosity.  He's always been good about that, at least...

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Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #7 on: March 6, 2006, 08:29 AM »
Looks like Pucket is in worse shape that was originally thought.  I remember, although not a Twins fan, watching him play ball while I was growing up.  Always thought he was a great player.

However, it looks as if not taking care of himself may have finally caught up to him, and at only 44 years old.
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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #8 on: March 6, 2006, 09:28 AM »
It was bad enough he had to retire at a young age.  I pray he doesn't pass on at a young age.  It's sad how he let himself go after his retirement. 

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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #9 on: March 6, 2006, 08:13 PM »


RIP Puck
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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #10 on: March 6, 2006, 08:21 PM »
RIP, Puck.  :'(
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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #11 on: March 6, 2006, 08:54 PM »
Yeah, that is really sad news.  Glad he got in the Hall of Fame as a first balloter a couple years ago so he could enjoy that.

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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #12 on: March 6, 2006, 09:12 PM »


RIP Puck

As my hero growing up its like I just lost a family member.

Its sort of a hollow thing though because his recent trouble sort of tarnished his legacy, he sure was a helluva ball player though 

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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #13 on: March 6, 2006, 09:26 PM »
RIP, Mr. Puckett. 

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Re: Kirby Puckett has died
« Reply #14 on: March 6, 2006, 09:33 PM »
This makes me sick, and I've been very worried about him the last few years due to his weight gain.  He was my childhood hero growing up, and I even named my dogs, two Chows after him.  He's still my favorite baseball player ever and I can't believe he's gone. I had all of his cards from 1984 Fleer Update (which I'll always cherish as a gift from my dad) through 1996 when he officially retired.  Then I quit collecting baseball cards because without him playing I lost the interest.

God Bless you Kirby Puckett, and thank you for the memories.

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