Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Seve Ballesteros Update

Category: Sports News

Seve Ballesteros remains in serious but stable condition after last week's six-hour operation to relieve pressure on his brain and remove more of a cancerous tumor.

The golfing great and two-time Masters champion, 51, was diagnosed with brain cancer after collapsing at the Barajas airport in Madrid.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sick Call: Seve Ballesteros

Category: Sports News

Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros underwent surgery for a brain tumor earlier this week. The news was terrible: the tumor was malignant. Now Ballesteros, 51, is in a fight for his life and facing more surgery.

Ballesteros suffered swelling of his brain and bleeding as part of post-op complications, which required part of his skull to be removed. Now a third operation will be performed Friday in an attempt to remove the remainder of the cancerous tumor that, according to the press releases, is "lodged deep inside the brain." The type of malignancy was characterized as an oligoastrocytoma.

Among Ballesteros' golfing accomplishments are two Masters victories (1980, 1983), three British Open championships (1979, 1984, 1988), and serving as captain of the victorious European Ryder Cup team in 1997.

Please keep this golfing legend in your prayers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Missing From Baker Street

Category: News

While playing music trivia on AOL, Gerry Rafferty's name came up. Most people remember him as the lead singer for Stealer's Wheel with their one big U.S. hit, "Stuck in the Middle with You" (they had one other hit, "Star," in 1974). He had a major solo hit in late 1978 with "Baker Street" from the spectacular album City to City. Two more hits followed from that album, but he never equaled that success in the States.

Apparently Rafferty, 61, was in St. Thomas Hospital in London for liver failure treatment or alcohol treatment (it is unclear which, or it could be both). He checked himself out of the hospital August 1, leaving his clothes and personal effects behind. The hospital filed a missing person report with the police, but to date Rafferty has not been seen since.

Here's hoping Rafferty turns up soon and is able to get his personal problems sorted out.

And, if you want to hear some of the best music of the last 30 years, put on City to City.

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