L E’s Stories – “Considered World’s Greatest Athlete At Age 17 And Again At 21” – The Bob Mathias Story

Bob Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete….who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event…..a United States Marine Corps officer…..Hollywood actor…. and United States Congressman representing the state of California.  Mathias was born in Tulare, California….where he attended Tulare Union High School….when he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness….who was the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist.  While at Tulare…

L E’s Stories – “Dandy Don And A Speeding Bullet” – Bob Hayes: US Olympic And NFL Hall Of Fame Member

Growing up in the West Texas town of Midland at the start of the decade of the 1960’s….a time known as the birth and development of the “Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll” generation….which was even making inroads into a place as conservative as all of West Texas.  This  was a time when “black gold” was frequently being found…

L E’s Stories – “These Are The Olympics. You Die For Them” – Tribute To Discus Thrower Extraordinaire Al Oerter

Today’s story is about one of the greatest track and field athletes to ever grace a track meet….who was always at his best on the biggest stage of them all for track and field, the Olympic Games….as he was the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the discus throw from 1956 to 1968…while winning the event…

L E’s Stories – “Hall Of Fame Track Athlete Drafted By NFL + NBA” – Salute To The Rare Talents Of Carl Lewis

As I write this story today….I must tell you honestly that I was not a big Carl Lewis fan…..which was mainly because I thought he was just “too hung up on himself”…..which wasn’t necessarily arrogance….but more cocky, like a “banty rooster crowing”…..who seemed to walk around with his “tail feathers all pooched out”…..and when he won,…

L E’s Stories – “Even If You’re Incredible, It’s Difficult To Be Unbeatable” – The Legend Of Edwin Moses

Our Bone Daddy has seen many outstanding athletes perform live in a myriad of sports…..from Pele in soccer….to Muhammad Ali in boxing…..to Bobby Morrow in the sprints…..to Bill Russell in basketball….to Earl Campbell in football…..to Nolan Ryan in baseball…..to Gordie Howe in hockey…..to Bjon Borg in tennis….to Mary Lou Retton in gymnastics…..to Doug Russel in…

L E’s Stories – “The South Texas Tornado” – A Salute To Bobby Morrow – The Fastest Man On Earth + The Most Relaxed Sprinter Of All Tine

For a developing future Sportsphile…..Bone Daddy was fortunate to live across the street from Memorial Stadium in Midland, Texas….cuz all he had to do was “jump the fence”….and he was in to any and all events of all kinds of sports that took place….so, BD had a training ground that allowed him to see how…

L E’s Stories – “From The Opening Ceremony To Muses In A Salvador Dali Painting” – An L A Olympics Tale

Bone Daddy has often commented that Sky Pilot’s friend Turk provided “BIG INs” in L A….which was highlighted by an extended stay at The Magic Castle….plus “Three Princess Muses” in the City of Angels….which he followed up by saying “I Love L A”….but then again, this was in regards to the Olympic journey of Los Tres Amigos from Austin, Texas…..who…

L E’s Stories – It All Just Came Together – The Life And Times Of A Developing Sportsphile

ImaSportsphile is the combinations of three brothers playing ball almost every day of their lives growing up under the guidance of a Dad that used sports as a teaching tool for things like fair play…..rules….. and gettin’ back up after getting knocked down….plus so much more stuff that provided real “life lessons” learned within the…

Music – 1984 – God Save The Queen – At Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Ceremony Of GBR Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson is an English former decathlete…..who won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1984…..while breaking the world record for the event on four different occasions…..and with four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth  titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of…