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ESPN ended speculation about the future of one of its signature personalities, Chris Berman, by announcing that he would remain there in a reduced emeritus role. Frankly I am surprised that Fox Sports  did not make a serious play for Berman. Perhaps they did and he simply did not want to relocate to Los Angeles.

Last month marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Longtime sports journalist Brian Curtis has just written a book, “Fields Of Battle” (Flatiron Books), which looks back to the 1942 Rose Bowl which was not played in Pasadena but rather in Durham, NC, the home of Duke University who played Oregon State in the game.

The reason that the game was relocated away from Southern California was that there was an understandable fear that Japan would launch an invasion of the California coast in light of our Pacific Fleet being crippled from the attack three weeks earlier.

Steven Spielberg examined the concerns of many in the Los Angeles area back then in his 1979 so-so comedy, “1941.” In addition to reviewing what happened in the game Curtis gives a follow-up to how each player served in WWII and what the survivors did after they returned home.

The Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place the first week of every new year in Las Vegas, has grown beyond just being the showcase for the latest gizmos. Turner Sports held a Sports Business Innovation seminar in which executives discussed the success of their electronic sports/video game competition, ELEAGUE, which has attracted the attention of advertisers who think that it’s a great platform to reach millennials.

Former NBA star and current Turner NBA air personality Grant Hill and longtime WNBA star and Christ the King alum Sue Bird were also panelists at the seminar. Hill decried how players now check their smartphones at halftime instead of talking to each other about the game while Bird said that he has learned how any casual remark made in social media can be quickly blown out of proportion.

The Mets player who will get the most attention at their spring training  minor league camp in Port St. Lucie won’t be Tim Tebow but rather shortstop Amed Rosario who graced the cover of the first “Baseball America” issue of 2017. Hopefully he will be more like Derek Jeter and less like Gregg Jefferies.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been yanked from games a few times this year but anyone who thinks that his best days are in the rear view mirror should have been in Philadelphia last week when he stopped a barrage of Flyers shots sprawled on his back in a 5-2 win.

The Rangers are celebrating their 90th anniversary while the Flyers are commemorating their 50th anniversary. Former NY Post sports columnist Jay Greenberg has written an excellent book on the onetime Broad Street Bullies titled “The Flyers at 50″ (Triumph Books).  By the way, the Flyers home arena, the Wells Fargo Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary and it’s still one of the nicest places to view an NHL game.

A lot has been made over American futility in professional tennis in recent years. The United States Tennis Association has long been aware of the issue and has just opened a huge training campus in Orlando, Florida as a way of better developing our stars of tomorrow. This should particularly help young tennis players who are from colder winter climes such as Long Island get outdoor training during snow season.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com.

In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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