Garagiola, Cruyff, Shandling, Howard: All Gone Now


Well, that's been a tough week.

This week we saw the passing of star of The White Shadow Ken Howard, former MLB player and color commentator Joe Garagiola and comedian Garry Shandling. As well as one of the greatest soccer players in history - Johan Cruyff.

Man, did I love the Vin Scully-Garagiola duo calling ball games in the 1980s. Awesome. One of the all-time greats for sure.

And I loved The Larry Sanders Show.


Cruyff's take in footballing cultures:

'...German football, and in the Netherlands we like Dutch football. There are massive cultural differences. It's to do with winning, losing, attacking, defending, having fun and putting on a good show. The Italians are different from the Dutch character-wise. Perhaps you could even call it a matter of taste. We want to win and that has to be done playing attractive football at the same time. We're almost embarrassed to win a match through counterattacking football, and we refuse to play the game defensively. To the Italians there's only one thing that matters, and that's winning, whatever it takes. The clubs have some excellent players, yet they couldn't care less about entertainment value. It's the end result that counts.

Respecting all culturesWe may think that strange, but it's not our business to think anything of it. It's the Italian mentality and we ought to respect it. As a coach I've never felt ashamed of the attitude and performance of my team, but I still respect all cultures. Needless to say, I'd rather watch Spanish, English or Dutch football. German and Italian football don't appeal to me as much, although we have to say that results clearly show that their ideas are more than just a lot of hot air...'

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