#TBT Sports Blog: Detroit Pistons Guard Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson

Former Detroit Pistons Vinnie JohnsonToday’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the clock to the 1989 and 1990 NBA seasons.

During those back-to-back Detroit Pistons championship years, starting guards Isaiah Thomas and Joe Dumars were voted Most Valuable Players in the NBA Finals respectively.

However, muscular back-up guard Vinnie Johnson emerged as the team’s unwitting celebrity as he became known as the team’s Most Valuable Appliance.

That’s because all NBA fans knew Johnson as the Microwave.

According to NBA.com writer John Maxwell, “The Microwave was one of the most colorful and appropriate nicknames in recent sports history.”

The Microwave Nickname

Johnson’s instant offense and rugged defense, coupled with an irrepressible nickname, also made him the #1 choice in my sports comic book titled NBA Favorites.

NBA FavoritesSome basketball fans may think other NBA players or teams are more worthy than Vinnie Johnson to be #1 in this book, but remember this is my book and I loved the Microwave!

Vinnie Johnson earned the Microwave nickname as an electrifying scorer off the bench for the Pistons. Johnson was the great sixth man for the Pistons that brought immediate scoring off the bench. When entering the game, he never needed time to defrost. His energy level, or power, was always set on a microwave high.

During the 1985 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the favored Boston Celtics, Johnson scored an incredible 22 points in the fourth quarter during the Pistons’ 102 – 99 comeback victory. Johnson’s scoring led Celtics star guard Danny Ainge to remark, “If that guy (William Perry) in Chicago is the Refrigerator, then Vinnie Johnson is the Microwave. He sure heated up in a hurry.”

Before his kitchen appliance fame, the Seattle Supersonics drafted the Microwave as their number one draft choice in the 1979 NBA Draft. Johnson’s draft status was high following his amazing senior season at Baylor. The 6’2” and 200 lbs. guard played two seasons in Seattle before being traded to the Pistons. In Detroit, he remained with the franchise for the next 10 years. The Pistons eventually honored Johnson by retiring his number 15 jersey in 1994.

Vinnie Johnson’s NBA Playoff Highlight

This solidly built NBA guard finished his career in 1992 with 11,825 total points. His greatest NBA moment occurred with 00.7 seconds remaining in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals. Johnson’s 15 foot game winning shot helped the Pistons defeat the Portland Trailblazers 92 – 90 and capture their second consecutive NBA Championship. Johnson was never named to an NBA All-Star team.

Yet, Vinnie Johnson’s Microwave label earned him top billing here in NBA Favorites. His clever moniker is sure to heat up and quickly decide any debate about whose nickname is tops in NBA history.

That’s because scores of NBA fans like me also loved the Microwave!

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#TBT Sports Blog: 1970 NBA Finals Hero Willis Reed

MIKE sports comic - former New York Knicks Willis Reed

Today’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the game clock to the 1970 NBA Finals.

That’s when Willis Reed provided New York Knicks fans with perhaps the most memorable entrance in Big Apple sports history.

40+ years later, Knicks fans still vividly recall when an injured Willis Reed limped out of the dark tunnel from his locker room and onto Madison Square Garden’s brightly lit center court.

Fans can even recite Knicks radio announcer Marv Albert describing Reed’s entrance “Now here comes Willis… and the crowd is going wild!”

Despite a torn lower leg muscle, Reed’s courage to play on May 8, 1970 energized Knicks fans and inspired his teammates during Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Willis Reed Helps New York Knicks Capture 1st NBA Crown in Franchise History

The Garden erupted early in the game when the hobbled Knicks lefty center scored the game’s first two baskets. Though he did not play much during the remainder of the game, Willis Reed’s early game heroics helped the New York Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 113 – 97. That’s when the New York Knicks captured the franchise’s first ever NBA crown.

That NBA Finals victory capped an incredible year for the under-sized Reed. At 6’9” Reed battled against the league’s much taller opponents like 7-footers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

During the 1969-70 season, Reed guided the Knicks to their best record in team history. In doing so, he became the first NBA player in league history to be named MVP of the NBA regular season, the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Finals.

During his entire 11-year career, #19 played in the pivot for only the Knicks. Drafted as the #8 pick in the second round out of Grambling State University, Reed compiled a brilliant NBA resume. When he retired in 1975, his career numbers included 18.7 points per game and 12.9 rebounds per game in 650 total games.

The seven-time NBA all-star repeated as NBA champion in 1973. In that year the Knicks upgraded their roster by adding Jerry Lucas to an already formidable frontcourt and signing Earl “The Pearl” Monroe to pair with Walt “Clyde” Frazier as the NBA’s best back court.

Reed Voted One of Top 50 NBA Players Ever

Voted as one of the 50 greatest NBA players ever, Reed continued in the game after he officially stopped playing. He coached in both the college and professional ranks at Creighton University and St. John’s University as well as the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks.

Willis Reed enjoyed his greatest sidelines success when he was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Jersey Nets. The NBA Hall of Famer’s front office basketball knowledge was instrumental in helping the Nets advance to the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003.

Since Reed’s retirement in 1975, the Knicks’ franchise fortunes have never really flourished again at the same level.

However, the muscular lefty remains New York’s most beloved Knick, and the city’s never-to-be-forgotten 1970 NBA Finals hero.

Without a noticeable limp long gone, Willis Reed also makes his expected grand entrance into the #5 spot in New York Sports Icons.

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Read about legendary New York Knicks Willis Reed and other iconic sports figures in New York City history.

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#TBT FREE Sports Comic Book: Clever Sports Comics

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Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls my FREE MIKE sports comic book Clever Sports Comics .

Just combine sports and laughter, and, boom! You’ve got a home run, a slam dunk, a hat trick, a perfect 10, a Gatorade victory bath and a touch down celebration all in one.

Clever Sports Comics book does just that for sports fans.

It’s designed to make you laugh about the funny, crazy and sometimes ridiculous ways we describe the athletes, coaches, plays, events and other elements we love about sports.

The 25 comics in Clever Sports Comics creatively capture the hyperbole and absurdity that oftentimes comprise our sports vocabulary.

These sports comics, along with brief corresponding stories, cover the entire gamut in sports. They bring to life commonly used sports clichés we often employ to describe a team, a play or a game.

Clever Sports Comics Features 25 of my Favorite Sports Comics

In this book, you’ll smile at a girl literally pitching a gem and the winning team carrying a metaphoric “W” on their shoulders as they run out the door of their opponent’s gym.

You’ll shake in your shoes if you’re intimidated, too, by rivals you think run like deer or those who wield lots of weapons.

You’ll sneer at the audacity of refs who swallow their whistles at key moments in a game. And, you’ll certainly mutter at the fickleness of supposed faithful fans as they head to the exits.

You’ll cheer on the successful soccer team as it turns the corner and the baseball manager who pleads his case before the presiding judge, or in this case, umpire.

You’ll chuckle at a pitcher getting shelled and wince at a skinny basketball player attempting to take the charge.

You’ll relish the ridiculousness of fans on their feet, an exasperated coach burning a time out and an errant golf ball that finds water.

You will probably grimace at the sophomoric humor of a smart foul, bad basketball bounces (duh!) and a girl with ice water in her veins.

Regardless of the sport, you’ll easily relate to coaches in the comics who remind players that in order to raise the bar, they’ll need to remember that there’s no “I” in team.

As a player, coach or fan you will immediately relate to most, if not all, of the illustrated sports clichés in this book.

Yes, we’ve all used these cliches whenever we’ve talked about sports.

The book is not a nail biter, so finishing it will be as easy as the make-able putt that shows up in the final chapter.

Clever Sports Comics is funny, and, better yet, it’s FREE. Enjoy.

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Fat Lady Sings Podcast

The sports world's fat lady.Today’s #TBT sports blog dusts off the clever podcast I recorded a few years ago about one of the most famous women in sports – The Fat Lady.

Definitely not an athlete and perennially out of shape, a popular chubby chick sings her way into my new sports podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

This likeable large gal is the famous Fat Lady of sports lore.

She’s the elusive woman who is talked about, but never seen, at American sporting events that take longer than expected to finish.

How did she make this list among favorite non-athletes?

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Few sports fans know the genesis of how a pleasantly plump German opera singer became part of American sports culture.

Way back in 1876, the darling diva now known as the Fat Lady debuted on the German stage. She starred as Brunnhilde in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung opera. Brunnhilde’s momentous 10 minute solo marked the close of Wagner’s seemingly endless 14 hour, four-part opera.

The American sports scene resurrected this singing sensation during a tirelessly long 1978 NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and then Washington Bullets. The crowd was frustrated by delays in the long game. Comparing the extended play to the famed opera, American sportscaster Dan Cook remarked, “This game ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.”

Cook’s innocent comment caught the attention of other announcers and fans. They quickly adopted this wonderful woman into America’s sports culture, employing her during lengthy games in all sports.

The Fat Lady Must Sing Before Fans Can Go Home

Despite the fact that nobody’s ever seen her, sports fans know this beloved beefy woman’s role. The Fat Lady must belt out a few bars before the game, match or meet can officially end.

Until this glorious gal exercises her vocal chords and marks the completion of endlessly long competitions, fans are obligated to remain in their seats.

Calling her the Fat Lady might sound insensitive. But, this super-sized soprano, who carries a spear and wears a metal breastplate with a horned Viking helmet, is actually very secure in her generous frame.

Thanks to Mr. Cook’s now legendary remark, knowledgeable sports fans understand that every overtime match, extra inning contest or ridiculously long game will only end – when the Fat Lady sings!

FREE MIKE sports comic bookOne more thing about this bountiful beauty, The Fat Lady, the subject of today’s #TBT sports blog.

She’s also #1 in my FREE sports comic book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports!

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How a Sports Fan Goes Green on Earth Day

going green on Earth Day

It’s Earth Day today.

Americans can thank the late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson for championing the need for our nation’s growing environmental awareness way back in 1970.

The lawmaker’s vision subsequently spawned the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Most would agree that all of these bills of legislation have contributed to protecting our beautiful country while also adding to the United States’ already bloated bureaucracy.

In the sports world, every team regardless of their color palette, should recognize this special day of global observance. Players, fans and franchises need not discriminate because of the absence of green in their team uniforms.

Therefore, fans of the Syracuse Orangemen, Cleveland Browns, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Red Wings, Army Black Knights, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, New York Red Bulls and Chicago White Sox must set aside their own color preferences today in order to honor this international day of ecological and environmental significance.

I’m Going Green, Too, Today

To celebrate this annual Earth Day, I’m going green, too.

But, don’t get me wrong.

I’m not a left leaning, hybrid driving, granola crunching, tree hugging environmentalist. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

No, I’m not measuring my carbon footprint, taking shorter showers or even recycling any of my toilet paper.

Instead, as a die hard sports fan and now nationally recognized sports columnist, I’m creating my own Earth Day tradition. I’m celebrating in a way that’ll make not only make Mother Earth proud, but is sure to impress Commissioners Roger Goodell, Adam Silver and Robert Manfred, Jr.

How am I doing this?

I just purchased an awesome green and yellow Green Bay Packer Titletown hoodie. A kelly green Celtics sweatshirt. A Fence green (that’s right, look it up!) Boston Red Sox tee shirt with a replica of the Green Monster.

Plus, all this merchandise is certified hand made on pedal-push sewing machines using organically grown cotton. I’m told the products will be delivered to NFL, MLB and NBA warehouses by socially sensitive vegetarians who will transport the merchandise by fervent anti-fossil fuel cyclists.

As far as I’m concerned, this is the way a true sports fan goes green.

Check out today’s podcast to learn more about how I’m going green the way a true sports fan should go green on Earth Day.

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So, sports fans, Happy Earth Day as you skip today’s shower, ride your bike to work and show off those swanky new green tights in yoga class tonight!

Namaste!

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#TBT Sports Blog: Hockey’s “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky

The Great One Wayne Gretzky

 

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

Regardless of the sport, the subject of great games, great teams and great players always triggers debate.

However, no one will argue that only one great athlete could lay claim to this title – The Great One.

Wayne Gretzky’s amazing NHL success may never be duplicated.

 

His Great One nickname may never be challenged by any player in any sport at any time.

Legendary NHL players like Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Gordy Howe and Phil Esposito may have excelled and even dominated during their careers. But, their hockey achievements pale in comparison to those of Wayne Gretzky’s.

The Great One’s hockey dominance dwarfs not just Hockey Hall of Famers, but celebrated athletes in other professional sports as well.

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He’s my undisputed choice at #1 in all-time Hockey Favorites.

The 6’ tall and 185 lb. Canadian won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player an unbelievable nine times.

Gretzky completed his career as the all-time leader in nearly every statistical and awards category.

This is an accomplishment that gods of other sports, like Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Lionel Messi, Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Tom Brady, will never come close to achieving.

 

The Great One shattered Phil Esposito’s record 76 goals in a season by putting the puck in the net an unheard of 92 times.

Gretzky also totaled 212 total points in a single season, one of four times he surpassed the remarkable 200 point mark.

No Athlete Dominated a Sport Like Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky

No athlete in any professional league has ever dominated his sport like Wayne Gretzky reigned over hockey.

Gretzky’s career leaves no sports fan to doubt that this amazing hockey player will always be the only athlete known by the deserved lofty label – The Great One.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boston Celtics Great Bill Russell

Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls Boston Celtics great Bill Russell – the most decorated championship player in NBA history.

The former Celtics center collected an unprecedented 11 championship rings in 13 overall seasons, a feat that Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson never accomplished and LeBron James and Stephen Curry probably never will.

With pedestrian career numbers of 44% from the field and 56% from the free throw line, Bill Russell was never known for his offensive prowess.

Bill Russell: Greatest NBA Defensive Player

However, the 6’10” and 220 lb. athletic leftie is widely accepted as the greatest defensive player in NBA history and a stoic leader who epitomized winning.

As one of only seven players to ever win an NCAA, NBA and Olympic title, Bill Russell was voted one of the top 50 NBA players of all-time in 1996.

Russell won back-to-back titles with the University of San Francisco Dons in 1956 and 1957, a gold medal with the USA Olympic Team in Rome in 1956 and 11 rings as part of the incredible Boston Celtics dynasty.

Russell Involved in Most Successful Trade in Pro Sports History

In perhaps the most successful trade in professional sports history, the Celtics traded with the St. Louis Spirits to obtain Russell, Tom Heinsohn and K.C. Jones – three players who went on to be inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

While leading the NBA in rebounding four different times and serving as one of the leading shot blockers of his era, Russell dominated the defensive end of the court during his playing days. He sparred regularly with his Eastern Conference nemesis Wilt Chamberlain, one of the NBA’s leading scorers of all-time.

However, away from the hardwood Russell also soared. The NBA great displayed courage and aplomb 50+ years ago while seeking ways to heal our nation’s bitter racial divide. As the NBA’s first black coach, Russell served as a role model and inspiration for others of all races.

In addition to walking peacefully with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Russell spoke out eloquently against racism. His words are memorialized in a park near Government Center in Boston in several famous quotes etched in stone underneath his bronze statue. History recounts his contributions in working toward racial harmony in the same breath as football’s Jim brown and baseball’s Jackie Robinson.

Memorable Bill Russell Quotes

Russell’s unique quotes are very poignant. I am happy to include them in this post to fully appreciate the greatness of this 11 time NBA champion.

“Learning is a daily experience and a lifetime mission.”

“Never go out to see what happens. Rather, go out there and make something happen.”

“Imagination and creative thinking are the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they’ve always been done.”

For a relatively subdued individual with non-glittery offensive statistics during his 13 year NBA career, Bill Russell will be forever remembered as a true champion both on and off the basketball court

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FREE Book: College Basketball Comics

MIKE FREE College Basketball Comics by Jim SweeneyToday is the most opportune day to offer my FREE book on College Basketball Comics.

That’s because the wildly popular annual NCAA men’s national basketball championship tournament culminates in tonight’s championship game in Minneapolis.

From mid March through early April, college basketball fans are smitten by the sports world’s most popular annual event that the NCAA has brilliantly Trademarked March Madness.

College hoops junkies trudge around like zombies. They get through the day mumbling about stats, scores, match-ups, RPI ratings, regional brackets and overall strength of conference schedules.

They also can’t part with their remotes, dividing ESPN viewing time between jumbo televisions, smaller WiFi notebook screens and even tinier LCD screens on their pocket-sized iPhones.

This year’s tournament championship game tonight features #1 seed the Virginia Cavaliers against a very hot #3 seed the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

FREE College Basketball Comics

College basketball fans consumed by the annual NCAA tournament will enjoy this FREE sports comic book. Click HERE to safely download.

It’s filled with 25 of my all-time favorite NCAA college basketball comics. They not only capture special players from previous tournaments, but also lampoon tireless basketball clichés we utilize as part of our, at times, outdated sports language.

You’ll laugh at the guys clad in tuxedos and bow ties getting invited to the Big Dance and you’ll smile at a player attempting to remove an actual lid from the basket with a blow torch.

The Admiral, Phi Slamma Jamma, Fab 5 and more

You’ll recall the brilliant leadership of The Admiral and the amazing athleticism of Phi Slamma Jamma.

You’ll admire the poise of Louisville’s Never Nervous Pervis and the precociousness of Michigan’s Fab 5.

You’ll get a kick out of the nail biters in the stands and the tall guys who own the paint.

You’ll cheer on the little guy who takes the charge and empathize with the undersized team that came up short.

You may go mad like the Cameron Crazies or go crazy with Dickie V’s cliché laden basketball expressions.

So, cheer on your favorite team because when it comes to the NCAA college basketball tournament each March, your squad is certainly playing for all the marbles.

And, before there’s no tomorrow (see Chapter 25 to learn more), enjoy the book. It’s funny and, better yet, it’s FREE! Click HERE to safely download.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Remembering “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe

Hockey great Gordie Howe

Today’s TBT sports blog remembers Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe.

The godfather of modern day hockey – Gordie Howe – also checks in at #4 in my sports comic book highlighting my all-time Hockey Favorites.

Here’s a chapter excerpt from my sports comic book about hockey.

“No one will ever argue that Gordie Howe’s lengthy, unmatched career earned him the nicknames Mr. Hockey and the King of Hockey.

The legendary #9 began playing hockey professionally in 1948 at the ripe age of 20.

Five decades later, Howe retired in 1980 at the unconscionable age 52.

Upon retirement, Gordie Howe held nearly every individual record in professional hockey. The 6’1” and 205 lb. right wing played an amazing 2,421 games, scored 1,071 goals, assisted on 1,518 others and made 29 all-star appearances.

Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe: Six-Time NHL MVP

Mr. Hockey was awarded six Hart trophies as the NHL Most Valuable Player and six Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer. He finished among the top five in scoring in the NHL for an incredible 20 consecutive seasons.

MIKE Hockey FavoritesIn addition to celebrating four Stanley Cup Championships with the Detroit Red Wings, Howe enjoyed an unprecedented accomplishment when he played for the New England Whalers, part of the now defunct World Hockey Association.

In a grueling sport that would certainly age most players prematurely, Gordie Howe displayed amazing longevity.

Howe became the only father in the history of professional sports to play with his own kids. In Howe’s case, he skated on the same pro hockey team with sons Mark and Marty in the 1973 – 74 WHA season.

Wayne Gretzky Wanted to Be Like Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

Howe was so revered as the complete hockey player by Wayne Gretzky, that Gretzky was quoted as saying about this King of Hockey, ”I wanted to eat, sleep, look like and play hockey like Gordie Howe.”

Howe’s amazing longevity, rugged durability and incredible skill gained him entrance into 11 different sports halls of fame.

Also, the Canadian government bestowed upon him the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honor.

Well deserved, Mr. Hockey!”

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#TBT Sports Blog: FREE Sports Comic Book on Favorite Non-Athletes

Rudolf Wanderone Minnesota FatsToday’s #TBT sports blog recalls my FREE sports comic book Favorite Non-Athletes.

Updated in 2017, the ebook reveals a different side of sports for inquisitive fans.

If you’re as rabid a sports fan as me, you’ll agree that sports comprise the best form of entertainment.

NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and FIFA games showcase some of the greatest athletes on the planet.

But, sports entertainment is more than just watching phenomenal athletes ply their craft on the ice, field, diamond, hardwood or pitch.

What provide the extra sizzle in sports are countless non-athletes that make the games possible and entertaining. They enrich the overall fan experience.

A number of non-athletic performers and icons deliver invaluable appeal and bring the entertainment aspects of sports to greater levels.

I highlight them in my FREE book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports.

FREE MIKE sports comic bookSome picks are as obvious as the bowtie I’m wearing. And, others on this list may surprise you.

None Are Actual Athletes

None are actual athletes. A few aren’t even real at all. But, all of them show up at NFL, MLB, NCAA and NHL games.

You will adore one of the most unlikely sportscasters on television.

You will envy the driver of the baddest maintenance vehicle in sports.

You will wince at the thought of a big mouthed bloviator.

You will probably scowl at the refs I feature. But, you’ll immediately recognize that games don’t get played without them.

You’ll recite familiar lines from a series of iconic movies starring a fictional fighting sports character.

You might proudly don the ridiculous foam hats worn by the loyal fans of this historic NFL franchise.

You will certainly agree that this guy’s no athlete, but he was an incredible showman in a non-sport sport now seen regularly on ESPN.

You will smile at the awe inspiring godlike figure in an imposing mural, perhaps the most recognized image in NCAA college football.

You’ll cheer madly over packaged meat products racing awkwardly around a baseball field.

Finally, you’ll sing along with a likeable large lady who needs to belt out a few bars, so fans in the stands can finally go home.

Enjoy my FREE book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports!

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