Tim Allen was co-manager of Canis Hoopus, the Minnesota Timberwolves blog here on SB Nation. The
other day, we received word that he passed away from circumstances his family wishes to keep
private. His friends, contemporaries, and readers at CH will do a far better job than me of paying
tribute to his life and memory, so I leave it to you to follow the links and read those words.
Yesterday we learned of the sad passing of Peter Thomson, who posted here and elsewhere under
the name of Pensioner (By my reckoning he made about 150 comments on this site).
I never did meet Peter, although last year we corresponded a fair amount. At one point he
suggested meeting for a glass of fine wine to discuss matters Fulham, and specifically writing
about Fulham, but like so many of these good ideas it never happened.
I made mention of it in a tweet and the news actually broke earlier this week, but I feel like
we should pay our respects to former FC Dallas striker Bobby Rhine who died suddenly at the age of
35. Joining the league in 1999, Rhine was amongst the very first crop of MLS players to help
solidify this league during it's most turbulent times.
The death of any athlete is always guaranteed to shock a nation. After retirement it's often
easier to dismiss, as they're not seen as the bastion of physical fitness they were on the field,
you only need to look at much of the reaction to Paul Gascoigne's recent issues to know this.
African Activist Archive, Michigan State University
When Chris De Broglio told me the sad news of Isiah Stein's passing I knew very little about
this brave Cape Town-born activist. All I could remember was that he was an exiled South African,Â
a former executive committee member of SANROC, the heart and soul of the anti-apartheid sport
boycott, and that his sons had played professional football in Britain.
Sad news tonight as Bolton's greatest ever has passed. The Lion of Vienna has succumbed to a
long battle with disease and is no longer with us. The forward, undoubtedly Bolton's greatest ever,
was born on August 27, 1925. He was 85 years old.
The forward scored 255 goals in 452 appearances in a Wanderers shirt between 1946 and 1960.
Some sad news to report to all football fans today as we at AFR send our condolences to friends,
family and colleagues of Dale Roberts, the 24-year-old Rushden and Diamonds goalkeeper who was
tragically found dead at his home on Tuesday.
He was a promising young goalkeeper who was playing for the England C-team.
The universe is a cruel and unpredictable place. Do you know who David Wangerin was? You should.
He wrote the Bible on the history of American soccer that nobody at MLS wants you to know about.
Yes, soccer predates MLS. It even predates the allegedly "doomed to fail" NASL. He inspired me to
write about soccer.
DC United's #1 fan, Javier "Chico" Solares, passed away earlier today. We really don't have the
details, nor do we think they matter. All we know is that a dear friend and one of our team's most
valued and dedicated supporters is no longer with us...
Former team-mates and current professionals were among the mourners who attended the funeral of
former Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett.
The 46-year-old died on New Year's Day after a 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and Everton boss David Moyes were present at the city's Anglican
Cathedral along with many of Ablett's team-mates â€“ including John Barnes, Alan Hansen, Mark
Lawrenson, Duncan Ferguson, Matt Jackson and David Unsworth â€“ and other contemporaries from the
1980s and early 1990s.
Just heard on World Football Daily that Bobby Rhine, former FC Dallas player, face of that
franchise, TV commentator, Around the League contributor and all-around good guy has died of a
sudden heart attack while vacationing with his family. He was 35 and leaves his wife and two
A stalwart of the anti-apartheid sport boycott movement, Isiah Stein, has passed away in the UK.
After serving time in prison with Nelson Mandela in the mid-1960s, Stein left South Africa for
Britain where he worked tirelessly with the exiled South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Nat Lofthouse, one of the greatest footballers ever to represent England and a true legend, died
Saturday aged 85.
Lofthouse was one of the most lethal centre forwards ever to play for England, scoring 30 goals
in 33 appearances. Nicknamed The Lion Of Vienna, the honest and gutsy footballer played for his
hometown club Bolton Wanderers where he scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances.