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A great man honored – Local prep star memorialized with Stacy L. Robinson Field

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the Stacy’s Light Still Shines Committee dedicated the Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center football field in honor of the late great Stacy L. Robinson on Saturday, June 15. Robinson, another in the long list of great St. Paul-born super athletes including Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Joe Mauer and others, won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. He grew up

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All-around athlete excelled in many sports – Local prep star memorialized with Stacy L. Robinson Field

STACY ROBINSON, the former St. Paul Central football, basketball and track standout who went on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, was honored a couple of weeks ago after a field was renamed after him. Robinson, who played as a youth at Jimmy Lee, died of multiple myeloma in May 2012 at age 50. The community and Robinson’s family looked on as Jimmy Lee Fields at Oxford Community Center was renamed Stacy L. Robinson Field after the man nicknamed “Bird” for his outstanding athletic ability. Robinson helped raise around $200,000 to improve the facility, which now has synthetic turf, bleachers, and a scoreboard bearing his name. Continue Reading →

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Lights out: Ravens 34-31 over 49ers

 

 

NEW ORLEANS — Strange things have been known to occur in New Orleans: beads flowing from balconies, Mardi Gras, Hurricane Katrina, Bounty Gate, and much, more. This year’s Super Bowl added one more strange thing to the city’s list. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers. Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense stopped the 49ers from taking it with a gutsy goal-line stand with just minutes left in a 34-29 game. The dramatic goal-line stand completed one of the most exciting-bizarre-thrilling finishes in Super Bowl history. Continue Reading →

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Ravens vs. 49ers an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl

 

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans braces for Super Bowl XLVII, the first Super Bowl in that city since the horrific storm Hurricane Katrina. This is the 10th time the NFL has brought the world stage of the Super Bowl to New Orleans; the last Super Bowl held here was Super Bowl XXXVI, New England 20—St. Louis 17. Much of New Orleans is not happy with the NFL, because the league came down so hard on their beloved Saints with the now-famous bounty gate scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell should carefully go about his business this week with security watching his back. Continue Reading →

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NFL ‘final four’: Not much has changed

 

We have gone from the New Orleans bounty gate to general managers, head coaches, coordinators, player suspensions, and a record number of players fined for hits with helmets leading to tragedies like players losing their lives. One Kansas City Chiefs player murdered the mother of his child, then took his own life. The very next weekend, a Dallas Cowboys player driving his car while drunk killed his passenger, teammate Jerry Brown, who was sober. Once the NFL regular season ended December 30 and the 12 qualifiers for the Super Bowl XL VII tournament were set, eight NFL head coaches were fired: Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, San Diego and Kansas City. Also, five general managers were sent packing. Continue Reading →

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Bears smack Vikings to regain first place

CHICAGO — On a spectacular sun-splashed Sunday in my hometown of Chicago at historic Soldier Field, the Vikings had their bubble of expectation busted by the monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears — Bears 28, Vikings 10. It was more like a mauling. Clearly, for whatever reason, the Vikings were not ready Sunday. Jay Cutler returned to the starting lineup at quarterback for the Bears after battling concussion symptoms, and maybe that was enough to inspire the Bears, who had lost back-to-back prime time contests to 10-1 Houston (13-6, the game in which Cutler suffered a concussion) and to 8-2-1 San Francisco, who beat the Bears up 32-7 on Monday Night Football. The Vikings were just what the Bears needed, a team half-stepping along but not totally committed to getting the job done. Continue Reading →

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