SPORTS


Quarterback Brett Favre has started every Packers game since Sept. 27, 1992.

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From GREEN BAY, Wisconson, after flirting with retirement for years,Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback quit after a 17 season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.

“I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired,” Favre told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in a voice mail message.

Tuesday’s surprise move comes after the 38 year old three time MVP set several league records, including most career touchdown passes, in one of his most successful seasons.

Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, said the quarterback told him of his decision Monday night.

“Nobody pushed Brett Favre out the door, but then nobody encouraged him not to go out that door, either,” Cook said by phone from his Hattiesburg, Miss., office.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson thanked Favre for 16 years of wonderful memories with the team.

“He has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the National Football League, and he is able to walk away from the game on his own terms, not many players are able to do that,” Thompson said in a statement.

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The team scheduled an afternoon news conference with Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy, and said it was unsure when Favre might address the media.

Favre led the Packers to the NFC championship game in January, but his interception in overtime set up the New York Giants’ winning field goal.

“If I felt like coming back, and Deanna (Favre’s wife) and I talked about this the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl,” Favre told ESPN. “To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful.”

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The news was a surprise to teammates.

“I just saw it come across the TV,” Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson said, when reached on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

Added Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle: “For 16 years, Brett Favre brought fun and excitement to Lambeau Field. His talent, energy and enthusiasm for the game will be missed.”

Last season, Favre broke Dan Marino’s career records for most touchdown passes and most yards passing and John Elway’s record for most career victories by a starting quarterback.

He retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.

In his final season, Favre also extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular season starts to 253 games, illustrating his trademark toughness. Add the playoffs, and Favre’s streak stands at 275.

In the past several offseasons, Favre’s indecision about his football future became a winter tradition in Wisconsin, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word.

Unlike after the 2006 season, when Favre choked up in a television interview as he walked off the field in Chicago, only to return once again, nearly everyone assumed he would be back next season.

It was a remarkable turnaround from 2005, Favre’s final season under former head coach Mike Sherman, when he threw a career worst 29 interceptions as the Packers went 4~12.

Surrounded by an underrated group of wide receivers who proved hard to tackle after the catch, Favre had a career high completion percentage of 66.5. He threw for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.

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Before the Packers’ Jan. 12 divisional playoff game against Seattle, Favre told his hometown newspaper that he wasn’t approaching the game as if it would be his last and was more optimistic than in years past about returning.

“For the first time in three years, I haven’t thought this could be my last game,” Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. “I would like to continue longer.”

But Favre finished the season on a sour note, struggling in subzero temperatures in a 23~20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game.

Afterward, Favre was noncommittal on his future. McCarthy said he wanted Favre to take a step back from the season before making a decision.

Now, he has to walk away.

“The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude,” Thompson said. “The uniqueness of Brett Favre his personality, charisma and love of the game, undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history.”

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Thank you AP News, and John Biever/SI for this great write up of a GREAT LEDGEND!

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There you go Baby Boomers…an other great leader and player who has given back what the game gave him.

We will miss you Brett! But, never forget you…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Hello Baby Boomers

There is a great clip about Baseball…if you love the game like I do…you should watch it.

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This is another article that can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/sports/2008/02/09/smith.negro.leagues.cnn

Enjoy…or should I say “PLAY BALL…”
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

WATER COOLER TALK…Who will WIN the SUPER BOWL???

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OK, Baby Boomers here is some water cooler talk…WHO WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL???

I know you probably have favorite teams but they might not be in the SUPER BOWL this year.

WIll you vote for the team that has the best stats? Well, that would be really hard since they are SUPER TEAMS…the BEST.

Will you vote for the best uniforms [ok guys it is a girl thing!}?

You must take sides…no wishy washy stance on this game! Who will it be…???

Share your comments with me/us.

ME…I am waiting for half time and the commercials!

Any good recipes for Super Bowls? What do those SUPER BOWL fans like to chow down on??? Or drink???

Lets talk Super Bowl…it is the last game of the season and let’s hope it is the BEST!

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Undefeated Patriots Are Tested Before Overcoming Chargers

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Patriots Return to the Super Bowl

New England Becomes First Team to Reach 18~0 Despite Three INTs From Brady: Patriots 21, Chargers 12With Tom Brady not at his MVP best, Laurence Maroney carries the offensive load with 122 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots vault into Super Bowl XLII with a 21~12 victory over the Chargers.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., perfection comes down to one game now. Despite a shaky Tom Brady, the New England Patriots were still too much for the banged up San Diego Chargers in the AFC championship game Sunday, pulling out a 21~12 victory that sent them back to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in seven seasons.

“I think there will be a time to sit back and reflect,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ll certainly enjoy this for a few days.”

Brady made several stunningly poor throws that fluttered in the chilly wind, Randy Moss was a non~factor for the second straight game and the highest scoring team in NFL history sputtered all afternoon. Instead, the Patriots 18~0 relied on Laurence Maroney’s spins, cuts and helmet rattling runs.

With injured Chargers star LaDainian Tomlinson reduced to mostly watching in a parka, the Patriots moved on to a Feb. 3 matchup in Glendale, Ariz., against the winner of the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

“Now we’re going someplace warm, because I’m freezing my you know what off,” Brady said.

Yet for all the Brady Bunch has accomplished, they’re the only team in NFL history to start out with 18 straight victories, the Patriots are well aware they must win that final game to avoid being relegated to a footnote.

No matter, New England took care of the nuts and Bolts. The sellout crowd at Gillette Stadium chanted “Super Bowl! Super Bowl!” in the closing minutes, anticipating the Pats’ first appearance in the big game since the 2004 season.

Belichick’s team eclipsed the 17~0 mark of the champion 1972 Miami Dolphins, and he’ll soon try for his fourth NFL title. The Patriots beat the Giants in a 38~35 thriller to close their regular season; New England did not play the Packers.

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Brady earned his 100th career victory and advanced without a hint of girlfriend drama, taking notes, Tony Romo? The dimpled Patriots quarterback will bring true glam to Super Bowl: Imagine the paparazzi buzz if Brady is sighted with Gisele Bundchen.

A model of success in the late season, the Chargers 13~6 fell short minus Tomlinson. He was hurt last week in the playoff upset of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, and was mostly a spectator as San Diego’s eight game winning streak ended.

Tomlinson carried on the first two San Diego plays, and did not run it again because of a bad knee. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers hung in despite a bum knee and star tight end Antonio Gates did his best with a dislocated toe.

Chargers coach Norv Turner needed to improvise without Tomlinson, a two time rushing champ.

“He really couldn’t get started,” Turner said. “He went and tried to go and just didn’t have the power to push off.”

“Anything you say can’t change the disappointment you feel right now,” he said.

The Chargers gave a better performance than early this season, when they were routed 38~14 at New England. They trailed just 14~12 midway in the third quarter this time, but Brady’s 6~yard TD pass to Wes Welker was enough for New England.

Maroney ran for 122 yards to help hold the lead.

The Patriots seemed poised to pull away late in the third quarter, but a terrible throw by Brady cost them. On third and goal at the 2, Brady tried a touch pass over the middle that NFL interceptions leader Antonio Cromartie easily picked off standing on the New England logo in the end zone.

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Nate Kaeding’s fourth field goal, a 24 yarder midway through the third period, pulled San Diego to 14~12. Too bad for the Chargers, that was the story of their afternoon, they’d drive close, only to wind up settling for a kick.

It was 23 degrees at gametime, making for frosty breaths on the field and putting the Patriots cheerleaders in parkas. Most players chose to ignore the cold and came out in short sleeves.

The brisk wind caused more noticeable problems. The goalposts shook with every gust while passes and punts sailed in crazy directions.

“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Belichick said. “It wasn’t a balmy day, I’m not saying that, but it wasn’t bad.”

Normally solid in chilly weather, Brady took a while to adjust to the conditions. He badly missed his first two passes, he threw a total of two incompletions in 28 attempts last week in the win over Jacksonville.

A few minutes later, Brady lofted a poor toss that Quentin Jammer intercepted. Belichick talked this week about the Chargers’ “ball disruption” and turnovers certainly were a focus San Diego led the league in takeaways, the Pats had the fewest giveaways.

San Diego turned Jammer’s pickoff into Kaeding’s 26~yard field goal with 2:55 left in the period.

This wasn’t what the fans at Gillette Stadium expected, and they grew silent at seeing the highest scoring team in NFL history sputter. The crowd also watched the Chargers refuse to back down, engaging in several post play scuffles with the heavily favored Patriots. Tomlinson stepped in to calm hard-hitting former teammate Rodney Harrison after some early roughhousing.

The Chargers did a good job at blanketing Moss, determined to deny him the ball. New England eventually got it to him on a reverse, and he snaked loose for a 14 yard run that seemed to energize the Patriots. Moss finished with one catch for 18 yards.

Maroney plunged in from the 1 barely over a minute into the second quarter and, with very light flurries falling, the Patriots were ahead.

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Brady later hit Jabar Gaffney over the middle for a 12 yard TD and a 14~6 lead, prompting several of the Patriots to celebrate. Brady merely walked off the field with his head down.

Kaeding kicked field goals of 23 and 40 yards, and the Chargers trailed 14~9 at halftime. San Diego might’ve gotten more, but Rivers made ill timed throws that Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs intercepted.

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Thank you AP News, The Washington Post and Ben Walker, writer
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In LAS VEGAS, an angry judge doubled O.J. Simpson’s bail to $250,000 on Wednesday for violating terms of his original bail by attempting to contact a co~defendant in his armed robbery case.

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Simpson, clad in jail attire, grimaced as the amount was announced and meekly acknowledged that he understood.
“I don’t know Mr. Simpson what the heck you were thinking, or maybe that’s the problem, you weren’t,” Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass told Simpson.

“I don’t know if it’s just arrogance. I don’t know if it’s ignorance. But you’ve been locked up at the Clark County Detention Center since Friday because of arrogance or ignorance…or both.”

Glass said that the initial court order to not contact other defendants was clear and she warned that if anything else happened Simpson would be locked up.

Simpson was picked up by his bail bondsman, Miguel Pereira of You Ring We Spring, in Florida on Friday and was brought back to Nevada on allegations he violated terms of his release.

The district attorney charged that Simpson left an expletive laced phone message Nov. 16, telling Pereira to tell co~defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart how upset Simpson was about testimony during their preliminary hearing.

“I just want, want C.J. to know that … I’m tired of this [expletive],” Simpson was quoted as saying. “Fed up with [expletives] changing what they told me. All right?”

Pereira testified during the bail hearing but the recording was not played despite the prosecution’s attempt to do so. Simpson attorney Yale Galanter immediately said that Simpson made the call and the judge did not allow the recording to be heard.

Stewart and fellow co~defendant Charles Ehrlich did not have to appear for the hearing and remain free on bail.

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The three men pleaded not guilty Nov. 28 to kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, coercion and conspiracy charges. A kidnapping conviction could bring a life sentence with the possibility of parole. An armed robbery conviction carries mandatory prison time.

Three other former co~defendants have pleaded to lesser charges and testified against Simpson at a previous hearing.

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Simpson has denied any knowledge about guns being involved in the confrontation with memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley. He has said he intended only to retrieve items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

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Thank you CNN, AP News and KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

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Do you think OJ has figured it out yet??? I don’t…

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Edmund Hillary, first atop Everest, dies

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In from WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary, the unassuming beekeeper who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century’s greatest adventurers, died Friday. He was 88.

The gangling New Zealander devoted much of his life to aiding the mountain people of Nepal and took his fame in stride, preferring to be called Ed and considering himself an “ordinary person with ordinary qualities.”
Hillary died at Auckland Hospital about 9 a.m. Friday from a heart attack, said a statement from the Auckland District Health Board. Though ailing in his later years, he remained active.

His life was marked by grand achievements, high adventure, discovery, excitement but he was especially pround of his decades long campaign to set up schools and health clinics in Nepal, the homeland of Tenzing Norgay, the mountain guide with whom he stood arm in arm on the 29,035 foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.

Yet he was humble to the point that he only admitted being the first man atop Everest long after the death of Tenzing.

He wrote of the pair’s final steps to the top of the world: “Another few weary steps and there was nothing above us but the sky. There was no false cornice, no final pinnacle. We were standing together on the summit. There was enough space for about six people. We had conquered Everest.

“Awe, wonder, humility, pride, exaltation, these surely ought to be the confused emotions of the first men to stand on the highest peak on Earth, after so many others had failed,” Hillary noted.

“I removed my oxygen mask to take some pictures. It wasn’t enough just to get to the top. We had to get back with the evidence. Fifteen minutes later we began the descent.”

Then, upon arriving back at base camp, he took an irreverent view: “We knocked the bastard off.”
His philosophy of life was simple: “Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself,” he said in a 1975 interview after writing his autobiography, “Nothing Venture, Nothing Win.”

But New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, announcing his death, said Hillary was anything but ordinary.

“Sir Ed described himself as an average New Zealander with modest abilities. In reality, he was a colossus. He was an heroic figure who not only ‘knocked off’ Everest but lived a life of determination, humility, and generosity. The legendary mountaineer, adventurer, and philanthropist is the best known New Zealander ever to have lived.”

Close friends described him as having unbounded enthusiasm for both life and adventure.

“We all have dreams, but Ed has dreams, then he’s got this incredible drive, and goes ahead and does it,” long time friend Jim Wilson said in 1993.

Hillary summarized it for schoolchildren in 1998, when he said one didn’t have to be a genius to do well in life.

“I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it,” he said before planting some endangered Himalayan oaks on the school grounds.

Hillary made his last visit to the Himalayas in April 2007, when he and Elizabeth Hawley, unofficial chronicler of expeditions in the Himalayas for 40 years, met the 2007 SuperSherpas Expedition in Katmandu.

A year earlier, he joined a flight of New Zealand dignitaries who flew to Antarctica for the 50th anniversary of the Scott Base, which the adventurer helped build in 1957.

Unlike many climbers, Hillary said when he died he had no desire to have his remains left on a mountain. He wanted his ashes scattered on Waitemata Harbor in the northern city of Auckland where he lived his life.

“To be washed gently ashore, maybe on the many pleasant beaches near the place I was born. Then the full circle of my life will be complete,” he said.

Spokesman Mark Sainsbury said Hillary’s family had accepted the offer of a state funeral, on a date not yet set.

Tributes quickly began flowing.

“Sir Edmund’s name is synonymous with adventure, with achievement, with dreaming and then making those dreams come true,” said Australia’s acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“He was a hero and a leader for us. He had done a lot for the people of Everest region and will always remain in our hearts,” said Bhoomi Lama of the Nepal Mountaineering Association in Katmandu.

Hillary remains the only non-political person outside Britain honored as a member of the Britain’s Order of the Garter, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II on just 24 knights and ladies living worldwide at any time.

Before Tenzing’s death in 1986, Hillary consistently refused to confirm he was first, saying he and the Sherpa had climbed as a team to the top. It was a measure of his personal modesty, and of his commitment to his colleagues.

In his 1999 book “View from the Summit,” Hillary finally broke his long public silence about whether it was he or Tenzing who was the first man to step atop Everest.

“We drew closer together as Tenzing brought in the slack on the rope. I continued cutting a line of steps upwards. Next moment I had moved onto a flattish exposed area of snow with nothing by space in every direction,” Hillary wrote.

“Tenzing quickly joined me and we looked round in wonder. To our immense satisfaction we realized with had reached the top of the world.”

He later recalled his surprise at the huge international interest in their feat. “I was a bit taken aback to tell you the truth. I was absolutely astonished that everyone should be so interested in us just climbing a mountain.”

Hillary never forgot Nepal, which he visited frequently over the next 54 years.

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Without fanfare and without compensation, Hillary spend decades pouring energy and resources from his own fund raising efforts into Nepal through the Himalayan Trust he founded in 1962.

Known as “burra sahib” … “big man,” for his 6 foot 2 inch frame, by the Nepalese, Hillary funded and helped build hospitals, health clinics, airfields and schools.

He raised funds for higher education for Sherpa families, and helped set up reforestation programs in the impoverished country. About $250,000 a year was raised by the charity for projects in Nepal.

A strong conservationist, he demanded that international mountaineers clean up thousands of tons of discarded oxygen bottles, food containers and other climbing debris that litter an area known as South Col valley, the jump off point for Everest attempts.

His commitment to Nepal took him back more than 120 times. His adventurer son Peter has described his father’s humanitarian work there as “his duty” to those who had helped him.

It was on a visit to Nepal that his first wife, Louise, 43, and 16 year-old daughter Belinda died in a light plane crash March 31, 1975.

Hillary remarried in 1990, to June Mulgrew, former wife of adventurer colleague and close friend Peter Mulgrew, who died in a passenger plane crash in the Antarctic. He is survived by his wife and children Peter and Sarah.

His passport described Hillary as an “author lecturer,” and by age 40 his schedule of lecturing and writing meant he had to give up beekeeping “because I was too busy.”

By that time he was touring, lecturing and fund raising for the Himalayan Trust in the United States and Europe for three months at a time, speaking at more than 100 venues during a tour.

He was known as ready to take risks to achieve his goals, but always had control so that nobody ever died on a Hillary~led expedition.

He was at times controversial. He decried what he considered a lack of “honest to God morality” in New Zealand politics in the 1960s, and he refused to backtrack when the prime minister demanded he withdraw the comments. Ordinary New Zealanders applauded his integrity.

He got into hot water over what became known as his “dash to the Pole” in the 1957~58 Antarctic summer season aboard modified farm tractors while part of a joint British~New Zealand expedition.

Hillary disregarded instructions from the Briton leading the expedition and guided his tractor team up the then untraversed Shelton Glacier, pioneering a new route to the polar plateau and the South Pole.

In 2006 he entered a dispute over the death of Everest climber David Sharp, stating it was “horrifying” that climbers could leave a dying man after an expedition left the Briton to die high on the upper slopes.

Hillary said he would have abandoned his own pioneering 1953 climb to save another life.

“It was wrong if there was a man suffering altitude problems and was huddled under a rock, just to lift your hat, say ‘good morning’ and pass on by,” he said. “Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.”

Named New Zealand’s ambassador to India in the mid 1980s, Hillary was the celebrity of the New Delhi cocktail circuit. He later said he found the job confining.

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He introduced jetboats to many Ganges River dwellers a decade earlier, in 1977, when his “Ocean to the Sky” expedition traveled the Ganges by jetboat to within 130 miles of its source.

The last segment was by foot, and two mountain peaks near Badranath, where the Ganges rises, were also climbed. He sought adventure in places as distant from each other as the Arctic and Antarctic.

Hillary didn’t place himself among top mountaineers. “I don’t regard myself as a cracking good climber. I’m just strong in the back. I have a lot of enthusiasm and I’m good on ice,” he said.

The first living New Zealander to be featured on a banknote, he helped raise nearly $530,000 for the Himalayan Trust by signing 1,000 of the sparkling new five-dollar bills sold at a charity auction in 1982. They were snapped up by collectors round the world.

Honored by the United Nations as one of its Global 500 conservationists in 1987, he was also awarded numerous honorary doctorates from universities in several parts of the world.

One of his accolades was the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his “monumental explorations and humanitarian achievements,” awarded in 1998.

Throughout his life Hillary remembered his first mountain he climbed, the 9,645 foot Mount Tapuaenuku. “Tappy” as he called it, in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. He scaled it solo over three days in 1944, while in training camp with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II. “Tapuaenuku” in Maori means “footsteps of the Rainbow God.”

“I’d climbed a decent mountain at last,” he said later.

Like all good mountaineers before him, Hillary had no special insight into that quintessential question: Why climb?

“I can’t give you any fresh answers to why a man climbs mountains. The majority still go just to climb them.”
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Thank you AP and CNN News and RAY LILLEY, Associated Press Writer
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As a child, I never understood why men climbed mountains and why Mt. Everest was such a challenge.

Later after reading about Sir Edmund Hillary, I knew why.

He was always a source of inspiration for me.

His generousity and achievements were always a wonderment to me.

His words that gave me couragement thru the years are “one didn’t have to be a genius to do well in life.”

Thank you Edmund Hillary for being my hero and an inspiration to me, always!

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DO NOT REST IN PEACE…climb more mountains!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Disgraced former NFL star Michael Vick declared that “I am not the bad person or the beast I’ve been made out to be” in a letter to a judge asking for leniency.
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Michael Vick wrote he was “forever a changed man.”

“I have been talked about and ridiculed on a day to day basis by people who really don’t know Michael Vick the human being. They only knew the football player which is unfair,” Vick said in a handwritten letter released this week.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Vick on Monday to serve 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

Vick wrote the judge that he had accepted responsibility for his actions, would pay restitution and never again use “a single dollar that I have earned for anything but to help people.” Read letters from Vick, his mom, sports stars ยป

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback said he grew up not knowing the severity of the crime of dogfighting and asked Hudson for “a second chance.”

Other letters supporting Vick were sent by his mother, his seventh-grade teacher and children he had met since becoming a star and one of the NFL’s most highly paid players.

Brenda Vick Boddie said her son fell victim to friends who took advantage of Vick’s inability to “say no.”

“PLEASE Your HONOR give my baby Michael another chance. He’s never been in trouble with the law before, PLEASE! PLEASE! one more chance,” she pleaded in her own handwritten letter.

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Former Falcons teammate Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and two sporting legends, former home run king Hank Aaron and former two time boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman, also wrote letters on Vick’s behalf.
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