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Gale Sayers’ moves’ Brian’s song ‘tribute aged 50



Gale Sayers' moves' Brian's song 'tribute aged 50

The night died down, finally, the speaker platform dragged the trial closer to midnight. Most of that night, May 25, 1970, was a sharp, clever one-line retort procession, 600 people gathered in a ballroom in the old Americana Hotel on 7th Avenue and 53rd Street, decorated with black ties, sipping champagne.

Frank Gifford, the master of ceremonies, proceeded smoothly and without difficulty as he announced various award winners at the annual Pro Football Writers Awards Dinner. Dick Cavett was polite and charming, Pete Rozelle was charming. Joe Kapp and Hank Stram, whose Vikings and Chiefs had knocked their heads 4½ months earlier in Super Bowl IV, exchanged zinger.

By the time the final award was given, the crowd was tired, and some people wanted to immediately escape to the exit. Out of respect, they persevered, because the guest of honor was someone they really liked: Gale Sayers, running back from the Chicago Bears. On November 10, 1968, Sayers had elaborately blown his right knee at Wrigley Field while the Bears played 49ers.

Most believe Sayers will never play again. But in 1969, against all reasonable odds, the Kansas Comet did not only return to the Bears, he also played all 14 games and somehow led the league in a hurry with 1,032 yards for a terrible team that played 1-13. He is the unanimous choice of writers to win the Most Brave Player trophy George S. Halas.

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Typically, the award is presented at the end of August, in Chicago, at the Halas Dinner, but Sayers asked for his presentation to be moved up. Few ask why; many thought he wanted to be able to focus on the training camp.

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They will soon find out why.

Sayers was called to the podium and there was a round of applause. Many men in the room had interviewed Sayers before; they know he’s a man who doesn’t talk much. Most began to reach their topcoats when Sayers thanked his team mates, and Halas, and the doctors.

“It’s something special to do work that many people say can’t be done,” Sayers said quietly, barely audible. “Maybe that’s the way to express courage – at least in my case.”

Applause is more polite. Typical Sayers: Quick, Humble, Bland, Unmem … “But I want to tell you about my friend, Brian Piccolo.”

This is unexpected. Piccolo? He was a mediocre running back who partnered in Sayers’ field as most were blocked back. He filled in skillfully when Sayers was injured in ’68, but he was not the best known name in the room.

Sayers continued.

“In the middle of last season, Brian was defeated by the deadliest and most shocking enemy we have ever faced – cancer.”

Now he gets the full attention of the room.

“Compare his courage with the type I should have. There is never any doubt that I will return, a knee injury or not. But think of Brian and his fortitude in the months since November, in and out of the hospital, hoping to play football again, but not too sure whenever the score is or maybe. He has a giant heart. He has a mental attitude that makes me proud to have a friend who spells out the word ‘courage’ 24 hours a day, every day of his life. “

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He stopped Six hundred robed men sat silent, glass-eyed, numb. Then, somehow, Gale Sayers gathered strength to finish his speech with this: “You flatter me by giving me this award, but I am telling you here and now that I received it for Brian Piccolo. Brian Piccolo is a brave man who must receive the George S. Halas Award. This is mine tonight, tomorrow Brian Piccolo.

“I love Brian Piccolo, and I want you all to love him too. And tonight, when you kneel, please ask God to love him.”

Fifty years ago on Monday, 600 people waited, then jumped to their feet, filled the room and hotel (now Sheraton Times Square) with a roar that could still be felt in their ears years later. Brian Piccolo died 22 days later at the age of 26, a few blocks away, in what is now the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Memorial.

On November 30, 1971, “Brian’s Song,” starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, premiered on ABC. It was the film made for the most watched TV in history, still one of the greatest sports films ever made, and it was impossible to watch, even now, without feeling the same feelings felt by 600 men in tuxedo suits at the time. born at the Americana Hotel on May 25, 1970, a man who asks you to love his friend like him.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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