Breeders’ Cup 2015 Results: Twitter Reacts to Thrilling Classic Race, American Pharoah capped off a legendary career on Saturday with a dominating victory at the Breeders’ Cup Classic from Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

hi-res-4f70f5561be98fc59ba8ff7488a77cb6_crop_northGoing out on top, Without a doubt, the biggest moment of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup was American Pharoah romping home in the Classic and becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown and the $5 million race. The Classic was first run in 1984, while the most recent Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

“I mean, what a horse,” owner Ahmed Zayat said. “The kindest, friendliest, happiest, easiest, most brilliant horse I’ve ever seen in my life. We’ve been very privileged. We owe American Pharoah everything. This race was only about American Pharoah. We wanted him to go out as a winner. I really did not watch the final eighth. I just closed my eyes. I knew it was done, and I got extremely emotional.

Knowing he had nothing left to run for and nothing to save for later, jockey Victor Espinoza turned American Pharoah loose to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths in a smashing, record-breaking time of 2:00.07*.

Over an incredible slate of racing, American Pharoah rose to the moment and threw down the hammer.

“We want him to go out as a winner,” Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, said during the NBC broadcast. “American Pharoah is a winner.”



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The Kansas City Royals Are MLB 2015 World Champions

kansas-city-royals-world-series-champsWorld-Series-2015-1-jpgRoyals come back in 9th, break through in 12th to win first series since 1985. As it turns out, all the writers of “Back To The Future II” had to do to predict the 2015 World Series winner was stick with the team that won it all the year “Back to The Future” took place.

The Royals came back from a two-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning of Game 5 on Sunday night before pinch hitter Christian Colon laced a tiebreaking single in the top of the 12th inning as Kansas City beat the New York Mets 7-2.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar hit an RBI double and center fielder Lorenzo Cain added a three-run double later in the 12th for the Royals, who won a record seven postseason games in which they trailed by at least two runs. Right-hander Luke Hochevar threw two hitless innings for the win before right-hander Wade Davis struck out three in the bottom of the 12th to seal the win.

Davis fanned shortstop Wilmer Flores and flung his glove in the air to set off a wild celebration at the pitcher’s mound by the Royals, who became the first team to win the World Series the year after losing it since the 1989 Oakland Athletics.

In between championships, the Royals experienced 20 losing seasons, served as the poster boys for the supposed chasm between big and small markets and became a popular punch line for professional futility. In a 2006 episode of “The Simpsons,” Marge Simpson browsed a broken-down used book store that had “Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions” in stock.

The Royals finally ended the three-decade championship drought with an approach as retro in today’s analytical game as music still on MTV. The strikeout is more accepted now than ever, but Kansas City wore down opposing teams with a grinding, aggressive, one-through-25 approach built on putting the ball in play. The Royals forced extra innings in the ninth against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who shut Kansas City out on just four hits through eight innings while being serenaded with chants of “HAR-VEY! HAR-VEY!” from the sellout crowd of 44,859.


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Lewis Hamilton ‘Overwhelmed’ After Winning Third F1 World Championship, • Hamilton First British Driver To Win Consecutive Titles

Lewis Hamilton was overwhelmed with emotion after winning his THIRD FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,  joining Sir Jackie Stewart as Britain’s most successful driver.

Following his victory in the United States Grand Prix – his 10th of the season – he told Sir Elton John from the podium: “It’s amazing. I can’t find the right words to tell you how amazing this feels.”

Hamilton, who became the first British driver to retain the championship, then turned to his Mercedes team and race fans and said: “I love you guys and everything you do for me. For all my family, I love you all.”

In a chaotic race the 30-year-old looked likely to finish second to take the destiny of the championship into next week’s round in Mexico. But he won with three races remaining after Rosberg surrendered the lead with an error on the 48th lap.

Hamilton added: “It’s a very humbling experience to equal Ayrton Senna [with three wins] who meant so much to me and still does. I feel very blessed. I’m just overwhelmed at the moment. It’s the greatest moment of my life. I’m sitting here thinking about my first British championship where my Dad and I drove home seeing the other champions of Great Britain.

“It’s just crazy to think I’m a three-time champion. I owe it all to my family and my Dad who sacrificed so much for me to be here, the really positive energy I get from my fans who travel around the world to see me.”

But while Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel exchanged jokes and backslaps in the interview room, the vanquished Nico Rosberg looked utterly dejected.

He was clearly unhappy at the way Hamilton overtook him on the first corner of the race. “Turn one, for sure, was very aggressive,” he said. “I haven’t seen it so can’t comment yet.” But then he added: “It was extremely aggressive. We hit each other. Lewis came into me. Obviously that’s not good.”


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Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Dies Of Cancer, AS REPORTED BY SEVERAL SPORTS OUTLETS, AND THE NBA

flipsaunders2-8925113854Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60

Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and doctors called it “treatable and curable” when the Timberwolves made the diagnosis public in August. But he took a leave of absence from the team in September after complications arose during his recovery.

Saunders went 654-592 in 17 NBA seasons with the Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

Sam Mitchell has been named interim head coach of the Timberwolves and GM Milt Newton is heading the team’s personnel department.

Philip Daniel Saunders was born on Feb. 23, 1955, in Cleveland and was a prep basketball star at Cuyahoga Heights High School. His mother Kay nicknamed him Flip after hearing the name at a beauty salon. He played in college at Minnesota, teaming with Kevin McHale and Mychal Thompson as a senior to lead the Golden Gophers to a 24-3 record.

Not long after graduating, Saunders decided to get into coaching and set about a long and winding path to the NBA. He started at Golden Valley Lutheran College just outside of Minneapolis and served as an assistant at Minnesota and Tulsa before spending seven seasons in the Continental Basketball Association.

Saunders often credited his stint in the CBA with instilling in him the work ethic and breadth of organizational knowledge that would help him as a coach and executive in the NBA. He made stops in Rapid City, South Dakota; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and would often relay stories of his backwater adventures in the minor league and his affinity for the NBA coaches who followed similar paths.

He landed in the NBA in 1995, when he wrote a letter to new owner Glen Taylor asking for a job. His college buddy, McHale, took over the basketball operations with the Timberwolves and Saunders became the team’s general manager. When Bill Blair was fired 20 games into the season, Saunders was suddenly the head coach of a struggling franchise that had never made the playoffs. But he teamed with a young Kevin Garnett to turn the Timberwolves into a perennial playoff team.

Saunders led the Wolves to eight straight playoff appearances, the last a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2004. He was fired the next season when the team disintegrated thanks in large part to contractual battles with Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell. The Wolves have not been back to the playoffs since.

Saunders won 64 games in his first season in Detroit in 2005-06 and 176 in his three seasons coaching the Pistons. But he couldn’t quite get a veteran-laden team over the hump and into the NBA Finals, so he was dismissed in 2008.

He coached three more years in Washington before returning to Minnesota as president of basketball operations in 2013. Again, he took over a franchise in turmoil and was steadily bringing the Timberwolves back to relevance before he fell ill.

Saunders deftly handled the exit of disgruntled forward Kevin Love, trading him to Cleveland for a package including budding young star Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young, who was flipped to Brooklyn in February to secure Garnett’s return. Saunders also signed Ricky Rubio to a four-year contract extension, drafted Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and Karl-Anthony Towns, brought in veterans Andre Miller and Tayshaun Prince and helped design a new $25 million practice facility across the street from Target Center.

As team president, coach and a minority owner, Saunders grabbed a level of influence within his organization that was unmatched in the NBA. His fingerprints were on everything, from personnel decisions to in-game strategies, even down to the pregame entertainment.

He liked to sneak up behind unsuspecting visitors to Target Center, clamp his hand down on a shoulder and squeeze with a vise-like grip that came from hours of massaging his polio-stricken mother in his youth.

He would carry around autographed cards of himself to hand out to fans, and playfully give them to media members as well with a mischievous grin on his face.

Gregarious and outgoing, he endeared himself to a Twin Cities community that viewed him as a hometown boy done good, with his Gophers roots overshadowing his Cleveland upbringing. And Flip loved Minnesota right back. When he returned to the organization after 10 years away, he recounted a story about working for ESPN and being asked why he still lived in Minnesota so long after he was fired.

“And I’d say ‘Well, you don’t really understand unless you’re from Minnesota. You really don’t get it. Even when it snows on May 3rd you really don’t get it,'” Saunders said. “And the loyalty and the passion that the people have here is what always drives me back.”


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What They Said About Pele, THE GOAT OF GLOBAL SOCCER

pele“The greatest goal I ever scored was a one-two with Celeste – we named him Edson Arantes do Nascimento.”
Dondinho, Pele’s father

“I told myself before the game, ‘he’s made of skin and bones just like everyone else’. But I was wrong.”
Tarcisio Burgnich, the Italy defender who marked Pele in the Mexico 1970 Final

My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pele is.”
Ronald Reagan

“The difficulty, the extraordinary, is not to score 1,000 goals like Pele – it’s to score one goal like Pele.”
Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet

“The greatest player in history was Di Stefano. I refuse to classify Pele as a player. He was above that.”
Ferenc Puskas

“In some countries they wanted to touch him, in some they wanted to kiss him. In others they even kissed the ground he walked on. I thought it was beautiful, just beautiful.”

“After the fifth goal, even I wanted to cheer for him.”
Sigge Parling of Sweden on a 5-2 defeat by Brazil in the 1958 FIFA World Cup Final

“I arrived hoping to stop a great man, but I went away convinced I had been undone by someone who was not born on the same planet as the rest of us.”
Costa Pereira on Benfica’s 5-2 loss to Santos in the 1962 Intercontinental Cup in Lisbon

“Pele was the greatest – he was simply flawless. And off the pitch he is always smiling and upbeat. You never see him bad-tempered. He loves being Pele.”

“When I saw Pele play, it made me feel I should hang up my boots.”
Just Fontaine

“Pele was so focused on winning the Trophy. It was like he knew it was his destiny. He was like a child waiting for Santa Claus.”
Mario Americo, Brazil’s masseur, on Mexico 1970

“Pele was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries.”
Andy Warhol

“You may be right. But you know nothing about football and I’ve seen Pele play.”
Brazil coach Vicente Feola to the psychologist who said Pele was too immature to play at Sweden 1958

“Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic.”
Johan Cruyff

“His great secret was improvisation. Those things he did were in one moment. He had an extraordinary perception of the game.”
Carlos Alberto Torres

“I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.”
Sir Bobby Charlton

“Pele played football for 22 years, and in that time he did more to promote world friendship and fraternity than any other ambassador anywhere.”
J.B. Pinheiro, the Brazilian ambassador to the United Nations

Malcolm Allison: “How do you spell Pele?”
Pat Crerand: “Easy: G-O-D.”
British television commentators during Mexico 1970


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Jerry West Believes Michael Jordan Should Be New NBA Logo

Michael-Jordanjordan-nba-logo-590x798JERRY WESTIf there’s an NBA legend who is the most visible of all, it has to be Los Angeles Laker Jerry West.

He is the NBA logo since Alan Siegel came upon his photograph in Sport magazine and published it in 1969.

West, however, believes that Michael Jordan should be the new logo of the NBA.

Talking to HuffPost Live’s Jordan Shultz, the Laker-lifer did not hesitate to name the Bulls’ legend as the heir to the white silhouette between the blue and red.

“I hate to say it’s not a Laker, but Michael Jordan,” West said, as cited in the report from “He’s been the greatest player I’ve ever seen.”

“I’m probably a harsh judge of talent in the sense that I admire players that are really good defensive players and really good offensive players.  And I felt that [during] his time in the game, he was the best defensive player in the game, but more importantly he was the best offensive player.”

West, who was also known as “Mr. Clutch,” is part of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, a one-time champion, and the only Finals MVP of a losing team.

Jordan, meanwhile, is also a member of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, a six-time champion, and regarded as the best to ever play basketball.

“He would be a wonderful person to have there.










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He Is The Father Of NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner Stephen Curry, a Professional Basketball Player For The Golden State Warriors, and Seth Curry, a professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.He is the father of NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner Stephen Curry, a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, and Seth Curry, a professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

dell-curry-091914-ftr-gettyjpg_10o7817xk1vi51s5vkrsms4k53Wardell Stephen “Dell” Curry I (born June 25, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player who received his education from Fort Defiance High School and Virginia Tech.

Curry played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 until 2002. He retired as the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929).  Curry now works as a color commentator, alongside Steve Martin, on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts.

Curry was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He broke his left wrist at the age of 9 and practiced shooting with one hand until his wrist fully healed.

Curry went to Fort Defiance High School in Fort Defiance, Virginia, and won state championships in both basketball and baseball. He is the school’s all-time leading points scorer with 1,922. A McDonald’s High School All-American in 1982, Curry was drafted out of high school by the Texas Rangers in the 1982 MLB draft.

Curry was a four-year starter at Virginia Tech along with contemporaries Bobby Beecher, Perry Young, Al Young, and Keith Colbert. The team appeared in the 1983 and 1984 NIT tournaments, finishing 3rd in 1984. Although the team qualified for at-large bids to the NCAA tournament in 1985 and 1986, it lost in the first round on both occasions. In 1986, Curry was named the Metro Conference Player of the Year.

NCAA basketball did not feature a three-point line during Curry’s collegiate career; his accurate long-range shooting was not rewarded, as it would be later in his NBA career.

Curry finished his Virginia Tech career with 2,389 points (2nd all-time) and 295 steals (all-time leader) in basketball, and a 6-1 record with a 3.81 ERA in baseball.

Curry also played baseball for Virginia Tech. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1985 MLB Draft but opted to continue playing basketball.

The 6 ft 4 inch (1.93 m) Curry was selected 15th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played one season in Utah before playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1987 for another season.

He was selected by one of the NBA’s two newest teams for the 1988-89 season, the Charlotte Hornets, in the expansion draft after he was made available by the Cavaliers. In Charlotte, Curry was primarily used off the bench where he was utilized as an instant scoring threat, especially from behind the three-point line.

He played ten seasons for the Hornets (1988-1998) and currently ranks among the franchise’s all-time statistical leaders in points, games played, three-point field goals made and attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. He was a regular vote-receiver for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and the conclusion of the 1993-94 season finally saw him become the recipient of the trophy. When he departed the franchise after 1998, he was the last player remaining from its inaugural season 10 years earlier.

Curry played one season for the Milwaukee Bucks before playing his final three seasons in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. He holds career averages of 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Curry retired as the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9,839 points; his record is currently with the newly renamed Charlotte Hornets (formerly the Charlotte Bobcats).

On June 18, 2007, he was named an assistant coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, but he stepped down before the season began so that he could attend his sons’ basketball games.

Curry started working as a color commentator, alongside longtime play-by-play announcer Steve Martin, for the Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets) at the beginning of the 2009-10 NBA season.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1988, Curry married Sonya Adams.[7] They have three children: Stephen, Seth and Sydel.

Wardell Stephen Curry II (more commonly referred to as “Steph” or “Stephen”), Dell’s oldest son, was born in 1988. Curry plays as a guard and is listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 190 lb (86 kg).

He played high school basketball at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina and was named all-state, all-conference while leading his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances.

Curry played college basketball for the Wildcats of Davidson College. There, he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference. In his sophomore season, he set a single season NCAA record for three-pointers made.

Curry was drafted 7th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. In the 2014–15 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 286 and was named the league MVP. The Warriors won the NBA Finals the same season.

Seth Curry, Dell’s youngest son, was born in 1990.

Curry also played basketball for Charlotte Christian School where he earned all-conference, all-state, and first team CSAA All-American accolades. He then attended Liberty University before transferring to Duke University.

Curry currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Sydel Curry, Dell’s only daughter, was born in 1994.

Sydel was a four year starter and three year captain volleyball player at Charlotte Christian School (the same school Stephen and Seth went to). She is a sophomore at Elon University where she plays on the women’s volleyball team.

In 1998, Curry established a charitable foundation, the Dell Curry Foundation, which is a youth oriented program in Charlotte, North Carolina. The foundation runs five learning centers in Charlotte to provide educational training and drug abuse counseling.[2]

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Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is an American jurist and former professional football player. He is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, a position to which he was first elected in 1992, and first gained fame as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s. Page is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever to play the game.

Page graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963 and received a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He is married to Diane Sims Page and is the father of four children.

Page graduated from Central Catholic High School, in Canton, Ohio, in 1964. He starred in several sports and excelled in football. Page also worked on a construction team that erected the Pro Football Hall of Fame, laying the groundwork for the building in which he would one day be enshrined.

After high school, Page attended the University of Notre Dame, where he led the school’s football program to a national championship in 1966. That same year, Page was named a college football All-American.

Page was presented with one of the 1992 Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA) for achieving personal distinction since his graduation. In 1993 he was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was awarded the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award.

In 1967 Page participated in the East-West Shrine Game and 25 years later received the “Babe Hollingbery” Award for his performance as he was inducted to that game’s Hall of Fame. Named to the Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 2001 and as such received the Dick Enberg Award. Also a winner of the Walter Camp Alumni of the Year in 1988.  In 2002 he was inducted into International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame. He was the 2004 winner of the Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA), which is awarded to graduates from an NCAA institution who earn a varsity letter for athletics and who ultimately become distinguished citizens of national reputation.

A bronze of Page is on the just-completed Pro Football Hall of Fame-themed gate at Notre Dame Stadium (Gate C).

“The lessons that I learned from professional football were many: hard work, discipline, focus, the ability to analyze a problem and work through it. To accept that you don’t always win and when you do win that doesn’t change who you are.” Alan C. Page, 2005

After graduating from Notre Dame, Page was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played from 1967 until 1978. In 1978 Page joined the Chicago Bears, with whom he played through the 1981 season and where he amassed 40 of his career sacks. He is one of 11 players to have played for the Vikings in all four Super Bowls in which they appeared.

As a right defensive tackle, he had an unusual 3-point stance, placing his left rather than his right hand on the ground. During Page’s 15-year NFL tenure, the Vikings won an impressive four conference titles and one league championship. Page was a member of the Vikings’ “Purple People Eaters,” a defensive line adept at sacking or hurrying the quarterback. Page played in 218 consecutive games without an absence (215 consecutive in the starting line-up), during which he recovered 22 fumbles, made 148½ sacks (Vikings-108½,[3] Bears-40), and scored three touchdowns (two on fumble recoveries and one on an interception return). He also had three safeties, the second most in NFL history. He set a career high with 18 sacks in 1976 and is unofficially credited with five other seasons of 10 sacks or more.

While in the NFL, Page earned All-Pro honors six times and made second-team all-league three additional times. He was voted to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. He was voted All-Conference 11 times, in 1968 and 1969 as All-Western Conference and in 1970 through 1977 and 1980 as an All-National Football Conference.

In 1971 Page was named both the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (the first player to be named such) and the AP’s NFL Most Valuable Player. Page was the first defensive player to be named MVP since the award’s inception. Only one other defensive player has ever received the award. In addition, he was voted the NEA NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973.

Page was National Football League Players Association player representative from 1970 to 1974 and in 1976–1977, and a member of the NFLPA Association Executive Committee from 1972 to 1975. He was named to the Vikings’ 40th Anniversary Team in 2000. Along the way, Page was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Week three times: Week 9, 1967; Week 8, 1968; Week 13, 1971. In 1988 Page was further honored by his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999 he was ranked number 34 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking Viking player. He received the NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award in 1995 for attaining success in his post-NFL career.

After his playing career he dabbled in the media, first as a color commentator on Turner Broadcasting System covering the College Football Game of the Week series during the Fall of 1982 and then as a commentator on National Public Radio in 1982-83.

Long before Page’s football career came to a close, he was laying the groundwork for his future role as a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. While still playing for the Vikings, Page attended the University of Minnesota Law School, from which he received a Juris Doctor in 1978. After graduating, he worked at the Minneapolis law firm Lindquist and Vennum from 1979 to 1984 outside the football season. Page was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in 1985, and soon thereafter promoted to Assistant Attorney General.

In 1992 Page was elected to an open seat as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on that court. He was reelected in 1998 (becoming the biggest vote-getter in Minnesota history), again in 2004, and for a final time in 2010: Minnesota has mandatory retirement for judges at the end of the month in which they turn 70.

On January 7, 2009, Page was appointed by Chief Justice Eric Magnuson to select the three-judge panel that heard the election contest brought by Norm Coleman in the 2008 U.S. Senate election.

In 1988 Page and his wife Diane founded the Page Education Foundation. The Foundation provides much-needed financial and mentoring assistance to students of color in exchange for those students’ commitment to further volunteer service in the community. The Page Education Foundation has awarded grants to more than 6,000 students, who in turn have given more than 400,000 hours of their own time to young children. Upon his retirement from the bench, Justice Page hopes to become a public school teacher so that he might make an even more personal impact on the children the Foundation has served.

Page and his daughter Kamie Page have written two children’s books, Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky (2013) and The Invisible You (2014). Proceeds from the sales of these books support the Page Education Foundation.

Since 1996, Page has volunteered to be a “reading buddy” in the Everybody Wins reading program at a local elementary school.

Page’s contributions to the community have not gone unnoticed, and he has been the recipient of a number of awards recognizing the impact he has made on the lives of children throughout the nation. He has also received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from the University of Notre Dame, Winston-Salem State University, and Gustavus Adolphus College, as well as Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the University of Notre Dame, St. John’s University, Westfield State College, Luther College, and the University of New Haven.

Page has a passion for running and runs on a regular basis. In 1979 he became the first active NFL player to complete a marathon. His running routine, which he took up while helping his wife quit smoking, is believed to have contributed to his dismissal from the Minnesota Vikings. His running schedule of 35–40 miles per week during the season, and 55 miles per week in the offseason, caused his weight to drop below that dictated by the Vikings. He ran the Ultimate Runner (mile, 10K, 100, 400, 800, marathon all in one day). In 1987, he completed the Edmund Fitzgerald 100k Road Race in Duluth, Minnesota. Page is a regular spectator at the Twin Cities Marathon, famous for playing the sousaphone near mile 3.

In 2010 Bill McGrane wrote a biography of Page titled All Rise, The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page.

Page owns an extensive collection of Jim Crow-related memorabilia.[8] He appeared in a 2012 Minnesota-filmed episode of PBS‘s Antiques Roadshow with an 1865 banner mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln. He also owns two antique cars, a 1906 Buick Model F and a 1910 Buick Model 10 Toy Tonneau. He enjoys making Pages’ Lake Washburn Maple Syrup at the cabin each spring.

Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters: Winston-Salem State University, 2000; Gustavus Adolphus College, 2003; University of Notre Dame, 2004; Duke University, 2011.

Honorary Doctorates of Law: University of Notre Dame, 1993; St. John’s University, 1994; Westfield State College, 1994; Luther College, 1995; University of New Haven, 1999.


“Justice Alan Page had the foresight to attend the University of Minnesota Law School while making a living as one of the Minnesota Vikings’ famed ‘Purple People Eaters’ of the late 1960s and ’70s. He is likely the only state Supreme Court justice in the country to be a member of the college and pro football Halls of Fame. He began his legal career in private practice while still playing football,” said Fletcher D. Handley Jr., chair of the TIPS Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force. “Upon retirement, he became a state assistant attorney general and has been an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1993. Justice Page also has a long history of community service and has been named on both ‘100 Influential Minnesotans of the Century’ and ‘100 Most Important Sports Figures of the Century.’ It is an absolute honor to present Justice Page with the Pursuit of Justice Award.”alan-page-on-the-bench

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