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By Ken Rosenthal | January 13, 1992
WASHINGTON -- You ask about a unique show of courage, and you leave thinking it was nothing special. The Washington Redskins brainwash you that way. They convince you what Darrell Green did yesterday was routine.It wasn't, but these are the Redskins, and they're going to the Super Bowl, and just leave it at that. "You're trying to make me a hero," Green told one reporter yesterday. Only in the Redskins' locker room does that qualify as a sin.The Redskins don't do heroes. If they did, they'd be just another gifted team, not the brutally efficient unit that pounded Detroit 41-10 in the NFC championship game yesterday at RFK Stadium.
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NEWS
By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer | July 31, 1992
When the junior high and college-aged players gather for their respective Hero's Lacrosse All-Star teams tomorrow at Anne Arundel Community College, few will be taking the exhibitions too seriously.But, when the high school-aged All-Stars face-off at 5 p.m., they'll be all business.For many of the male high school players, tomorrow's game is the only opportunity they'll get to display their skills in front of college scouts. Mike Bellotte, coach of the South, expects that everyone will be trying to leave a favorable, lasting impression.
SPORTS
By Wiley A. Hall 3rd | November 8, 1991
On television last night, Earvin "Magic" Johnson sat before a score of journalists, a bank of microphones, a forest of television cameras, and told the world he had contracted the HIV -- AIDS virus.His wife sat beside him. They have been married for about two months."This is not like my life is over," he said. "I'm going to live a long time. This is another challenge, another chapter in my life. It's like your back is against the wall and you just have to come out swinging. And that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to go on. I'm going to beat it and I'm going to have fun."
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | September 18, 2004
IT'S BEEN over a week since the hurricane rightly called Ivan the Terrible ripped through Grenada, destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the homes and left at least 39 people dead and thousands homeless. Electricity was kaput. I've heard that phone service has been restored, but I still haven't been able to get in touch with the one Grenadian I hope was not among the 39 fatalities. My list of heroes is a short one, but Leslie Pierre sits at the very top of it. Pierre is the founder, publisher and editor of The Grenadian Voice, a newspaper he started in the early 1980s in direct defiance of the Provisional Revolutionary Government, which was run by devotees of the Marxist New Jewel Movement.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | October 17, 1997
A long time ago, Gil Dunn discovered a truth about his hero's hometown -- the people in Sudlersville who remembered Jimmie Foxx didn't want to talk about him. He might have been one of the greatest right-handed sluggers ever, but his life after baseball seemed like one long stumble down a dark staircase. Years after his best clippings had turned yellow, his name would appear in sad newspaper updates that described him as broke or suggested a drinking problem. During one of the last trips Jimmie Foxx made to Sudlersville, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, he couldn't get a personal check cashed.
FEATURES
By Scott Timberg and Scott Timberg,Special to The Sun | May 31, 1994
His friends dreamed of the Shadow and the Lone Ranger, but young David Sawyer had only one hero: Stonewall Jackson."Back then, there were people like Tom Mix, Tex Ritter, Buck Jones," Mr. Sawyer, 66, says of his boyhood in Depression-era North Carolina. "These were white cowboy heroes. Their deeds of daring were nothing in my mind compared to the legendary Stonewall Jackson."Friends, relatives and teachers were confounded by this young black boy who idolized a Confederate general. But to Mr. Sawyer, Jackson was not only an idol and a role model, he was a relative.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | January 25, 2001
LAKELAND, Fla. - Above the entrance leading into the gymnasium at Lakeland's Kathleen High School is a full-body photo of Ray Lewis after capturing a Florida state wrestling championship. After eight years, the picture is still very clear, and so is the image of Lewis in his hometown. About 30 miles from Lakeland up Interstate 4 is the greatest media circus event of the year, Super Bowl XXXV, and a Kathleen High alumnus is the featured attraction. While Lewis is being probed for answers to a double-murder case he was involved in nearly a year ago in Atlanta and his image is under siege, he is still looked upon as a hero by a lot of Lakeland residents.
SPORTS
By KEN ROSENTHAL | August 14, 1995
He was bigger than life. But he was only human.Mickey Mantle should be remembered as the blond-haired, thickly muscled Oklahoman who became one of baseball's all-time greats.He also should be remembered as the gaunt, frail figure whose alcoholism was at least partly responsible for the liver cancer that left him dead at the age of 63.One image cannot endure without the other.To savor Mantle simply as a sports hero is to ignore his life of excess.But to dwell on his shortcomings is to ignore his mythic place in American sports history.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | June 17, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- There is a moment, in the lives of some whom society holds up as idols, when private character collides with a public persona. It is at this juncture that Americans often make a jarring, unwanted discovery: Their gods have feet of clay.John F. Kennedy, we learn after his death, cheated on his wife. A bloated Elvis Presley, his body brimming with drugs, takes his last breath on a bathroom floor. Magic Johnson cuts short his brilliant basketball career, disclosing that his promiscuity is responsible for his infection with the virus that causes AIDS.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | October 15, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Don Rowley had died in World War II; that much his old classmates knew. But how? They hadn't a clue.And that he had been a hero in his final moments of life -- well, it would take them a half-century to learn the details.He was an Army Air Force navigator based in England when his B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed the "Lazy Baby," was shot down by Nazi fighters. Second Lt. Donald Rowley died in the attack. That's all that filtered back to the hometown crowd.But that was before this month, when a Swiss manufacturing executive named Jean-Pierre Wilhelm got involved.
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