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Why Is Basketball Legend Bill Russell Suing the NCAA?

Posted on 06/20/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThis month, after five years of legal wrangling, the NCAA finally finds itself facing off in court against basketball legends Ed O’Bannon, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and more than a dozen other former college athletes, some long since graduated and even retired from professional sports. The issue in the class-action lawsuit? Whether former student athletes should, on graduation, be entitled to financial compensation for commercial uses of their images by the NCAA. The NCAA, which governs all college sports, has …

Sterling? To Boomers, Athletes’ Protests Are Nothing New

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayYounger sports fans may have been shocked to see players from the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat wearing their warmup jerseys inside-out in silent protest against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after a recording surfaced of a telephone call in which Sterling allegedly told his then-girlfriend not to bring African-American guests to the team’s games. Sterling subsequently was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. To boomers, though, the demonstrations may have seemed tepid compared with the defiant …

Why I Hope Tom Watson Will Do It Again

Posted on 09/26/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf you love golf as dearly as I do, you surely remember Tom Watson, at the tender age of 59, coming within a whisper of winning the British Open in 2009. Playing masterfully over four days at Turnberry’s Ailsa Course in Ayshire, Scotland, Watson would have tied the record with a sixth Open victory but for a bogey on the last hole of regulation play. Instead, he lost to Stewart Cink in a four-hole playoff. “It would have been a …

Here’s One Athletic Feat Where Your Age Is an Advantage

Posted on 07/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne reason that golf is a great lifetime sport is that you don’t have to finish first in a tournament or even finish with the best score in your regular foursome to be a winner. You just have to beat or tie your ultimate competitor: your own age. Sid Beckwith made that point on July 19, when he celebrated his 95th birthday by shooting a 95 for 18 holes at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club in Shelter Island Heights, N.Y. As …

The Woman Who Lost 100 Pounds

Posted on 07/18/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeSwimming saved DeEtte Sauer’s life. In 1986, the 71-year-old Houston resident was dangerously fat. Her day of reckoning with her condition came while on a family vacation and, weighing about 250 pounds, she couldn’t get in a boat with her kids. “I was pretty disgusted with myself,” Sauer says. “I’d let myself go and I was tired of being that way.” So she started walking. Then she started working out at a gym, where she spotted a notice about a new …

Stickball Hall of Fame Celebrates ‘Poor Man’s Baseball’

Posted on 07/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayTwo weeks before the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., six athletes celebrated their own Hall of Fame inductions with a game of stickball, baseball’s scrappy, streetwise cousin. Veteran players gathered in an East Harlem schoolyard on July 12 to play the classic neighborhood sport, where broomsticks and manhole covers take the place of bats and bases. Another departure from baseball: Hall of Fame induction is based on bragging rights, not statistics. Stickball’s popularity …