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Lessons on vocation from Kobe's retirement announcement

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the cheering fans as he leaves the court after a 90-82 loss against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, November 13, 2015 (Credit: Icon Sportswire/Paul Moseley)Late Sunday afternoon Kobe Bryant announced that he would retire from basketball at the end of this season. The announcement came at an unusual time, as most sports fan haven't turned their attention to basketball yet. The Thanksgiving holiday always marks rivalry week for college football, and holds critical matchups for NFL playoff seeding as well, meaning that most sports fans won't really begin following basketball again until January rolls around. But even while basketball takes a backseat to football, Bryant's announcement garnered the attention of the collective sports world.

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Dodgers make history with managerial hire

Dave Roberts has been named the 10th manager in Los Angeles Dodger history. (Credit: LA Dodgers via Instagram)The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the market for a new manager since the team and former skipper Don Mattingly mutually agreed to part ways back in October. On Monday, reports surfaced that they have selected Dave Roberts to fill that position. While the two sides are still finalizing details and a deal is not expected to be reached until after Thanksgiving, USA Today reports that he will get a three year deal to try and get Los Angeles its first World Series title since 1988.

Roberts played in the Dodgers outfield for the better part of three seasons during his 10-year big league career. However, his most defining moment as a pro came after Los Angeles traded him to the Boston Red Sox in 2004. In game four of Boston's AL Championship Series against the Yankees, the Red Sox were down three games to none and behind by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. After Kevin Millar drew a walk from Yankee's closer Mariano Rivera, Roberts pitch ran and stole second base. He would go on to tie the game in route to a Boston win; their first of eight straight in becoming the first baseball team to ever come from down 0-3 to win a best of seven playoff series. They would sweep St. Louis for their first championship since 1918. Roberts is still something of a hero in Boston for his part in that historic comeback.

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Royals reign after another improbable comeback

The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 7-2 victory over the New York Mets in the 5th and deciding game of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field in Flushing, NY, November 1, 2015 (Credit: Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)The 2015 season for the Kansas City Royals has largely been played under the shadow of last year's game seven where catcher Salvador Perez popped out with the tying run on third base to end the series. Perez wouldn't miss his chance this year, driving in the tying run in the top of the ninth before getting what would become the winning run in the twelfth on his way to earning the World Series MVP.

In many ways, having to come from two runs down in the top of the ninth to win in extra innings just seems fitting given the postseason run the Royals have experienced. They are the only team to ever win the World Series after coming from behind in the 8th inning or later three times in the postseason's final round. Considering this was the 111th World Series to be played, that's no small feat. Moreover, other than game two where the Royals dominated throughout, the Mets were two outs, five outs, and three outs away from winning when the Royals came back to tie the game on their way to victory.

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