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Dave Winfield got his first taste of the New York Mets over lunch. For the Mets front office team of Nelson Doubleday and Frank Cashen this was all new and, in hindsight, the 1980 Major League Baseball Reentry Draft, marked the organizations first major foray into free agency. For Winfield the visit to the Big Apple was business as usual.

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On Christmas morning I pulled up to the curb at my father’s house knowing well what I was about to face. Over the past decade our family has watched our father slowly slipping away. He suffers from what doctors call dementia. I, on the other hand, am confident it is Alzheimer’s disease.

My dad shuffled through the kitchen and dining area using a walker, a home health care nurse following closely behind. He looked thinner and his posture was deteriorating, not from age, but from the long-term effects of living with one foot. For the past 50 years my father has been walking with a limp from the prosthesis which, over time, effects your equilibrium, which effects your spine, which effects your muscles, which effects your balance, which effects your posture.

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Over one 24-hour period two head coaches, Jason Kidd and Mike Tomlin, from two professional sports teams, the Brooklyn Nets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, were accused of cheating. The league(s) never said that — cheating — in so many words, but it’s certainly what they were suggesting. Kidd was fined $50,000 for a “delay of game” and, today, Tomlin was penalized $100,000 for “interfering” with a play.

In fact, for Tomlin, the punishment could be worse. In a statement released by the NFL, Tomlin’s actions could cost Pittsburgh a draft pick:

Because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.

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