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Gone But Never Forgotten: A Tribute To My Late Father

By Doug Rush On August - 28 - 2009

After reading Joe Yanarella's story on the loss of his father, it got me thinking and remembering back to my late father and how we also shared a lot of bonding through sports and life.

Born in 1984, I was the only son my mom and he had, so I was the one he would share any sports moments and history with.

Growing up, he was a huge Boston Celtics and the rivalries of the Celtics-Lakers and Celtics-Pistons is what I grew up on. When I was about one in 1985 in the NBA Finals, Kevin McHale threw Kurt Rambis to the ground and my father was so excited from the play, he kicked his stool across the room while shouting and I apparently cried because I was still a baby scared from my dad's loud noises, a prelude of how I would become as a sports fan.

His favorite was Larry Bird. He had many stories to share of the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry. He also loved to show the highlights of when Bird stole the ball from the Pistons on an inbound, passed it to Dennis Johnson for the winning layup. He also loved telling me how Michael Jordan scored 63 points against the Celtics in 1986, yet Boston ended up winning the game.

Aside from his stories, he also taught me h...

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