New iTunes Sports Podcast: Keep Politics Out of Sports

Here’s my new iTunes sports podcast – Keep Politics Out of Sports!

I’m a sports guy, not a political pundit.

I’m also a firm believer that its our responsibility as fans to keep politics out of the sports world.

Sports should always be fun.

Watching games we love must remain an escape from our daily grind.

There must never be any meddling from muckrakers or well intentioned athletes lobbying for our vote or public sentiment.

I deplore protests, prepared statements and any kind of political platform at sports events.

As a sports fan, I just want to watch players play and not witness them plead, pimp or pander to my emotions or sense of duty.

Sports should always evoke passion directed at our favorite team, and NOT instigate angst toward a pompous politician or a controversial social issue.

That’s why prognosticating on politics makes me a little persnickety.

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I’m passionate about keeping sports fun and that means keeping politics out of the games. That’s why I recorded this podcast on iTunes.

Let’s leave politics to the Republicans and Democrats to duke it out.

Then, an Independent Republicrat like me can focus on college basketball and football polls (chuckling) instead of the latest political straw poll.

So, subscribe to the podcast. Share it with a friend. Then, rate and review me.

I’d appreciate the love!

Straight talk. No static.

This is MIKE!

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#TBT Sports Blog: The NBA’s Portland “Jailblazers”

Portland Trailblazers

The NBA Portland Jailblazers

Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back on one of the best, but most dubious nicknames in sports history – the Portland “Jailblazers.”

Professional sports team management often turns a blind eye to the bratty behavior of their athletes when they perform well for the team and bring in big bucks for the franchise.

However, the sports world may never again witness the “pa-role model” line-up of this group of knuckleheads. They were the infamous Portland Trail Blazers of the early 2000s.

Better named the Jail Blazers, Portland’s franchise featured a team of felons, alcohol abusers and potheads. They were talented but troubled athletes. These jailhouse jocks quickly angered the team’s loyal fan base. They damaged the City of Rose’s reputation around the league as a model championship organization and brought embarrassment to the franchise.

This star-studded Portland team was expected to compete for an NBA title. However, the Jail Blazers imploded as quickly as these great athletes filled the lane on the fast break. Their names regularly showed up in the local police station’s arrest reports.

Instead of taking the charge on the basketball court, these troubled athletes were being charged in police offices away from the hardwood. Ruben Patterson was charged for felony domestic abuse. Zach Randolph was booked for driving under the influence. Qyntel Woods was charged with animal cruelty and marijuana possession. Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire received misdemeanors for marijuana possession.

While still on the court, other Jail Blazer players irritated Portland followers. Lazy efforts and abusive comments toward teammates, refs and coaches created more problems for the team. J.R. Rider, Bonzi Wells, Nick Van Exel and Darius Miles further upset their own fans. As if enough petals hadn’t already fallen off this rose, the team’s flaky center, Shawn Kemp, left the team in mid-season to check himself into a drug and alcohol rehab clinic.

Also, I booked this team in the #3 spot of NBA Favorites because of their very deserving, unique nickname.

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Since the outbreak of the Trail Blazers early 2000s reputation, the Portland franchise has rebuilt its once respected team. The organization has drafted gifted athletes who also possess off the court character.

Instead of blazing a path to the local jail, here’s hoping these players pioneer a trail for the City of Roses back to the NBA Finals.

Kudos, sort of, to the former “pa-role model” Jail Blazers.

MIKE on sports!

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Major League Baseball Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

MLB great #42 Jackie Robinson

Brooklyn Dodgers’ #42 Jackie Robinson

On April 15, 1997 Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mandated an unprecedented edict. It was never before witnessed in any American professional sport.

Selig ordered all Major League Baseball teams to officially retire the #42 jersey in honor of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson.

Selig’s historic move recognized Jackie Robinson on the 50th anniversary of his 1947 debut. On that day Robinson became the first black baseball player in the modern era to cross the color barrier that existed in the sport.

Its hard for us to image today, but Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson’s bold, courageous decision to break the color line in 1947 opened the gates for other worthy, yet unfairly discriminated against, black baseball players. Thanks to Robinson, other talented black baseball players quickly followed and begun playing on other previously all white teams in Major League Baseball.

As a player with the Brooklyn Dodgers, #42’s fortitude also kindled dialogue beyond the baseball diamond when it came to our country’s ugly segregation policies. Many attribute that Robinson’s brazen baseball move of crossing the color barrier helped propel the long overdue and ultimately successful Civil Rights Movement.

Robinson’s heroic and individually spectacular personal life story warrants his inclusion on my list at #2 of all-time 10 best Favorite Overcoming Athletes.

Favorite Overcoming AthletesThe motion picture 42 (release date: April 2013) chronicled Robinson’s struggles and success as one of America’s most respected athletes ever.

When he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as a 28 year-old rookie, #42 overcame significant public scrutiny as well as regular cruel and unnecessary racial abuse. He was the target of ugly taunts, knock-down pitches and hateful insensitivity directed at him because of his skin color.

However, the Dodgers’ tough talking manager Leo Durocher took a firm stand in defense of Robinson. Also, legendary Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reece’s comment in support of Jackie Robinson will never be forgotten. While standing with his arm draped around Robinson’s shoulders, Reece said, “You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one of them.”

The son of a Georgia sharecropper and a Southern California domestic laborer, Jackie Robinson immediately proved his mettle and demonstrated his athletic excellence. Despite the racial abuse he suffered, Robinson rose above the fray.

Instead of fighting back on the low ground, he immediately made an impact on Major League Baseball and quickly became a rising star.

Robinson was voted Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year in 1947. Soon after, he won both the National League batting title and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949.

Jackie played his entire ten year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. A first-time ballot Hall of Fame inductee, Robinson’s career accomplishments included six all-star games, a World Series Championship in 1955 and impressive lifetime stats of a .311 batting average, 1,518 hits, 137 home-runs, 734 runs batted in and 197 steals.

In addition to being selected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team, Jackie Robinson was named #44 on The Sporting News’ list of top 100 baseball players ever.

As a result of what he accomplished after formally hanging up his baseball cleats in 1956, this remarkable athlete became a cultural icon.

Robinson is widely admired and credited for overcoming other barriers beyond the baseball diamond. He broke additional color lines that existed in mainstream America at the time.

ABC Sports hired Jackie Robinson as the first ever black sportscaster ever to cover Major League Baseball. In the late 50s, Robinson crossed a business barrier and became the first ever black Vice President of a major United States corporation when appointed by Chock full ‘o Nuts Coffee.

Before his death in 1972, Robinson accumulated a never-to-be duplicated resume as a distinguished retired athlete.

Besides his Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction, Robinson chaired the NAACP.

Plus, he received our country’s two single greatest non-sports related individual honors; i.e. the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Honor.

TIME Magazine named Jackie Robinson among the top 100 most influential people of the 20th Century.

TIME Magazine’s ranking not only honored a most worthy athlete, but also a courageous American who helped transition our country away from its ugly discriminatory past.

MIKE on sports!

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New iTunes Podcast: Unwritten Rules in Sports

Unwritten RulesThere are two schools of thought on the topic of unwritten rules in sports.

Some fans love unwritten rules.

They revere them as time honored traditions that compliment the black and white regulations permanently etched in rule books.

Other sports fans like me revile them. We dismiss them as quirky superstitions and loosely interpreted gentleman’s agreements.

That’s why I recorded today’s podcast to let others know exactly how I feel about unwritten rules in sports.

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Sure, breaking them is not illegal. But, unreasonable zealots claim that any unwritten rule transgression is both highly unethical & totally appalling.

However, a legitimate argument can be made that if unwritten rules are so important to be followed, then they should be written down.

In indelible ink!

In government, we don’t have unwritten rules of law. Otherwise, we’d have anarchy.

In physics, we don’t have the unwritten rule of gravity. If we did, planes would be falling out of the sky and a lot of people would get killed.

So, why on earth do we tolerate unwritten rules in sports?

If rules aren’t written down, then expect athletes to break them – repeatedly.

That’s right. Some jocks will totally disregard time honored traditions.

That’s exactly why rules in sports must be written down and chronicled forever. Yes, brow beaten into the hearts and minds of those who play, officiate, coach, report on or attend actual games.

Let’s rid the sports world of the anathema of unwritten rules – like:

…in football, explain to defenders that they can’t pile on Greg Schiano style when a team is talking a knee once the outcome of a game appears to have been decided.

… in hockey, make sure only Stanley Cup Champions know they can actually touch the Prince of Wales Trophy.

…in golf, instruct duffers to replace all divots, keep quiet when others are putting or driving, stand away from the pin and rake the sand traps they walk in.

…in basketball, tell a ball handler to dribble out the clock at the end of a game when his team has a 10 point lead.

…and, in baseball, now they lead all sports in unwritten rules, players need to know that they cannot:

* stand in the batter’s box admiring a home run and embarrass the pitcher.

* discuss a no-hitter in the making. Now, that’s sacrilegious!

* or pull an A-Rod and trot across the pitcher’s mound after just flying out.

OK, you get it!

Something has GOT to be done – fast!

Write down all the rules NOW!

Otherwise, sports will have more unwritten rules than actual written down ones and no body will know what the heck is goin’ on out there!

Straight talk. No Static.

This is MIKE!

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New iTunes Sports Podcast: The Fat Lady

The sports world's fat lady.

The Fat Lady

Definitely not an athlete and seemingly 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.

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

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#TBT Sports Blog: Soccer Spice Boy David Beckham

The Beckhams Posh Spice and Spice Boy

Soccer star David Beckham

Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls the Beckhams.

At one time, the Beckham couple was one of the sports and entertainment world’s most recognized celebrity pairs. Ironically, the two also cornered the market on aromatic, flavorful nicknames.

Known as Posh Spice of the all-girl British pop vocal group the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham sang, danced and jiggled her way to global stardom during the 1990s.

During the same time period, David Beckham emerged as one of the most celebrated soccer players on the planet. Because of his marriage to Posh Spice, he unwittingly acquired the tongue-in-cheek nickname Spice Boy.

Beckham also easily bends his flowery nickname into the #5 spot in Favorite Sports Nicknames – available from Amazon for only 99 cents.

Favorite Sports NicknamesVictoria Beckham first called her husband Spice Boy during a 2007 CNN interview with talk show host Larry King. The cajoling and not entirely flattering Spice Boy nickname stuck, much to David Beckham’s chagrin. The nickname picked up additional steam from a public who’d grown weary of the ever pouting boorishness of Beckham’s wife Victoria.

While Victoria Beckham’s ostentatious behavior riled the media and fans, her husband’s actions – especially on the soccer pitch – captivated sports fans.

Now one of the most marketable athletes in the world, Spice Boy David Beckham has earned his athletic stripes while cultivating a loyal global following during his professional soccer career.

Once Major League Soccer’s highest paid player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham proved that he wins wherever he plays.

The Brit has won two MLS Cups with the Galaxy and a La Liga Championship with Real Madrid. He also took six English Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the 1999 UEFA Champions League crown with Manchester United. While at Man U, Beckham’s brilliance shined brightly. In 265 appearances, he found the back of the net 62 times and assisted on another 152 goals.

The consummate team player also captained the English National Team and scored 17 goals in 115 international appearances. His tenure with the team also included two World Cups.

World sentiment may not completely endorse both members of the British power couple who reside in “Beckhamham Palace” when spending time in their native England.

However, sports fans around the world, and those possessing a strong desire to bend a soccer ball with pinpoint accuracy, embrace David Beckham as one of the world’s best footballers – even with the cheeky nickname – Spice Boy.

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The Masters at Augusta National: A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Augusta National Golf CourseEach spring, tradition abounds at Augusta National Golf Club.

Sportscaster Jim Nantz’s instantly recognizable words, “a tradition unlike any other,” eloquently capture the essence of the golf’s most prestigious event.

One of four United States major golf tournaments held each year, the Masters is the only one hosted by the same private course.

Formerly a nursery, Augusta National has flourished as one of golf’s most famous and highly sought out places to play. The par 72 and 7,435 yard course has been continuously updated over the years to make it more challenging. Bigger bunkers, expanded water hazards and plenty of trees and shrubs have been carefully added.

It’s no surprise that in 2009, Golf Digest ranked Augusta National the top American golf course.

Bobby Jones, famous for winning golf’s grand slam, is primarily responsible for transforming Fruitland Nursery into Augusta National Golf Club. Along with designer Allister MacKenzie and The Masters’ first Chairman Clifford Roberts, Jones set out to build his dream golf course and start a competitive golf tournament that would attract the best golfers in the world. The first Masters teed off in 1934 and has run successfully every year since except during WWII.

By every indication, Jones’ vision succeeded beyond everyone’s expectation. For more than 80 years, Augusta National’s gorgeous, challenging course has been painstakingly maintained and has attracted the best golfers on the planet to compete each year.

During its storied existence, The Masters has maintained many of the traditions that have been cultivated over the years.

Most notably, each year the tournament winner receives the ceremonial Green Jacket. In keeping with deep rooted Masters’ lore that began in 1949, the previous year’s Masters’ winner presents the emblematic Green Jacket immediately after the tournament to the new champion at the course’s Butler Cabin.

Since 1952, a Masters champions’ dinner is held in the Crow’s Nest Clubhouse. Tradition holds that the defending champion gets to personally select that evening’s menu.

Beginning in 1956, CBS Sports started covering The Masters. It’s the longest standing, uninterrupted television sports programming contract for one network to maintain this lengthy and successful relationship with a premier sporting event.

Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus called the par three, 155 yard 12th hole the toughest short hole in golf. Plus, the unpredictable swirling winds, Rae’s Creek and the overall length of the par four 505 yard 11th hole and par five 510 yard 13th hole contribute to the enormous difficulty of this gorgeous piece of golfing real estate.

In a 1958 Sports Illustrated article, golf writer Herman Warren Wind coined the name Amen Corner after Augusta National’s signature stretch of tough play on its 11th, 12th and 13th holes. He wanted to create a catchy nickname for this glorious combination of beautifully designed, yet extremely challenging holes.

Much like baseball’s Hot Corner and football’s Coffin Corner, golf’s Amen Corner was officially born.

Amen Corner at Masters Golf Tournament

Golf’s Amen Corner at Augusta National

Throughout the years, crystal vases and even larger crystal bowls have been awarded for player excellence. The beautiful glass trophies are awarded to those who score the lowest overall score, make a hole-in-one or demonstrate golfing excellence by recording a double-eagle.

The Masters’ rituals, steeped in the tournament’s unique traditions, differentiate the elite tournament from all others. In addition to being the only major golf tournament to allow for a highly dramatic, sudden death playoff to decide its winner, the Masters field remains the smallest on the circuit with fewer than 100 total participants.

Of the 90+ entries, The Masters invites the top five amateur players in the world to compete. In keeping with the event’s quirky traditions, the amateurs are allowed to spend their nights on the course in the Crow’s Nest Clubhouse.

Every great golfer has played in The Masters. The most successful have included Jack Nicklaus with six Green Jackets, Tigers Woods and Arnold Palmer with four and seven other champions to include Gary Player, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret with three blazers.

Each spring, golf fans around the world look forward to the sport’s most cherished event not just because of the incredible collection of golfers who compete.

But, golf enthusiasts pine for traditions that the annual Masters tournament at Augusta National evokes.

The event is truly “a tradition unlike any other.”

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2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog: Former New York Yankees Yogi Berra

2 Cent Tuesday sports blog

Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog features a famously funny expression from this former New York Yankees great.

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra

 

Inducted into Cooperstown in 1972, Yogi Berra may be the game’s greatest catcher. The 15-time Major League Baseball all-star’s performance on the baseball field secured his spot on baseball’s All-Century Team and won him 10 World Series titles as a player.

One of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers, Berra was also equally famous for his nutty expressions.

Hence Berra’s head-scratching, nonsensical “pocket change” quote about five cents no longer having the same value as ten cents.

Yogi butchered the English language by misusing similar sounding words. He also said some things that didn’t really make sense.

MLB Hall of Famer Yogi Berra

New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra

Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms like, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over,” “ I really didn’t say everything I said,” and “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical,” made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.

A childhood friend in St. Louis, MO originally called Lawrence Peter Berra by the name of Yogi. He said Berra looked like an Eastern Indian snake charmer.

Later, during his career in Major League Baseball as both player and manager, New York Yankees great Yogi Berra regularly charmed American baseball fans.

The 15-time Major League Baseball all-star’s performance on the baseball field has always marveled baseball fans.

From his rookie season in 1949 until today, more than forty years after his retirement, baseball fans love and revere Yogi.

Hall of Famer Mel Ott described Berra by remarking, “He stopped everything behind the plate and hit everything in front of it.”

A three-time American League Most Valuable Player, Yogi Berra also won thirteen World Series Championships with the New York Yankees. Between 1947 and 1978, he won eleven World Series titles as a player and two more as a coach.

One of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers, Berra was equally famous for his funny expressions.

Yogi butchered the English language and misused similar sounding words. He said a lot of things that didn’t really make sense.

Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms include, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” “a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore,” “I really didn’t say everything I said,” and “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” His unintended comical remarks made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.

One of Berra’s most memorable Yogi-isms, “the future ain’t what it used to be,” is partially correct.

When baseball fans look back on #8’s career, they’ll recognize that Yogi Berra’s remarkable and entertaining past may never be duplicated by any future Major League Baseball player on the field.

And, that’s my two cents.

MIKE on sports!

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NCAA Title Game: Duke & Wisconsin Playing For All the Marbles

NCAA Championship Game

Playing for all the marbles

Tonight at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, IN the Wisconsin Badgers seek their second NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship against one of college basketball’s blue bloods – four-time champion Duke Blue Devils.

As my blog’s comic indicates, both elite programs will be playing this evening for all of the metaphorical March Madness marbles in the NCAA title game.

Led by two of college basketball’s best coaches, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, both teams will be expertly prepared and poised to provide an entertaining contest.

Plus, both teams appear to be peaking at the best possible time of the season, so tonight’s tilt should not disappoint.

After a stunning NCAA Final Four upset victory over the previously unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin enters tonight’s evenly matched contest with quiet confidence against a highly precocious and extremely talented Duke team.

Duke, another #2 seed in this year’s tournament, easily dispensed of a surprising Michigan State team in the other Final Four semi-final to advance to tonight’s title game.

Duke’s celebrated freshmen, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow, have been all they were expected to be. Maybe, even more spectacular. The first year players have exhibited poise and excellence in all aspects of their respective games and have played their best when most needed.

Duke’s stout defense has excelled during the tournament and should prove daunting for Wisconsin to exploit.Point guard Quinn Cook’s veteran leadership will serve as a steadying influence and his ability to knock down big threes and convert free throws under pressure may be the difference for the Dukies to reclaim another championship.

Also, expect Duke reserve seven footer Marshall Plumlee to get more playing time tonight primarily to provide length and energy in defending Wisconsin’s talented big men.

However, based on their recent play, returning Final Four star Frank Kaminsky and rising wing player Sam Dekker should test Duke to its limits. Both Badgers are skilled and smart and motivated by last year’s heartbreaking loss in the national championship semi-final.

Even when the Badgers and Blue Devils tip-off, tonight’s game is anyone’s call.

That’s why college basketball’s annual national championship remains one of the very best events in all of sports.

Like so many millions of other college basketball crazed Americans, I’ll be glued to my television, too, as I watch two of the sports elite programs “play for all the marbles” in Indy.

MIKE on sports!

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Twitter in Sports: New iTunes & Stitcher Radio Podcast

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LeBron James sending out tweet about post game plans.

Before the metaphorical twit hits the fan, let me publicly confess that I’ve got some major issues with Twitter.

That’s why the topic of Twitter in sports gets a podcast of its own.

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I am definitely NOT a fan of athletes, like LeBron James in the comic above, on Twitter sharing what they’re eating for dinner after the game, what their dog is doing and where they plan to go sneaker shopping next.

I’m an old-school-write-it-out-in-long-form-type-of-guy who really gives a twit about sports journalism.

I take my sports writing seriously, and I’m not a big fan of horse-twit Twitterati wanna-bees who think sports journalism is shooting the twit in abbreviations that cover only two real lines of text.

Any good twit – or for that matter – any bad twit that happens in sports worth writing about can’t possibly be done with 140 twitty characters!

When you tweet, you can never say enough important twit in 140 characters, thus leaving readers questioning if you ever really knew your twit in the first place.

So, don’t be a Twithead.

While covering a sports story, don’t send out cheap twit tweets because you’ll eventually find yourself up twit creek without a paddle.

Plus, your loyal sports readers will tell you to go eat twit. They’ll also think you can no longer tell the difference between twit and shinola.

Sports fans want to relive the exciting twit that happens during a game and not piece together chicken twit abbreviations further complicated by hash tags, RT’s, direct messages, nudges, faves and tiny curl links.

If you have issues with Twitter too, then stop bull-twitting around.

Don’t rely on this new stupid twit they call micro-blogging for your journalistic expression.

You heard it from me first, because the twit stops here.

Without doubt, the topic of Twitter in sports also belongs in my FREE sports comic book Worst About Sports.

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Yes, Twitter deserves a #hashtag all its own. Because I find it to be one of the worst things about sports.

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MIKE on sports!

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#TBT Sports Blog: NCAA Basketball’s Phi Slamma Jamma

Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma

University of Houston Basketball Team

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the fabulous dunking fraternity that electrified NCAA basketball fans in the early 1980s.

NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler teamed with long, athletic and talented basketball teammates at the University of Houston to form the fictional dunking fraternity known as Phi Slamma Jamma.

Houston Post sportswriter Thomas Bonk first used the Phi Slamma Jamma nickname in 1982. This fun phrase replaced the less popular label of Texas’ Tallest Fraternity. It married the high flying dunking style of basketball with Greek fraternity life found on college campuses.

The University of Houston Cougars quickly adopted the splashy, new nickname. They even proudly displayed the name on the back of their warm-ups during games.

Phi Slamma Jamma teams were coached by legendary Guy V. Lewis who won 592 career NCAA games. Coach Lewis’ record included 27 consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Final Four appearances.

During a time when college basketball coaches encouraged a more conservative style of play, Coach Lewis was a maverick. He shaped his athletic squads to use their speed, quickness and athleticism in a more wide open game.

Lewis even joked about how much he liked dunking because it was such a high percentage shot. Today, everyone dunks. Duh!

Under Coach Lewis, Phi Slamma Jamma appeared in three Final Fours between 1982 and 1984. However, they lost to the University of North Carolina in 1982, North Carolina State University in 1983 and Georgetown University in 1984.

In spite of the hype, the University of Houston Cougars team was made up of far more than dunkers who played frenetic playground style basketball.

Phi Slamma Jamma members Olajuwon, Drexler, Larry Micheaux, Benny Anders, Michael Young, Alvin Franklin and Reed Gettys could not only run and jump, but they could win, and win regularly.

In perhaps their best year, the Cougars held the nation’s number one ranking for most of the 1982- 83 season. The team built an impressive 31-2 record before advancing to the NCAA Championship game. They lost on an air ball shot that NC State’s Lorenzo Charles tipped in at the buzzer. Charles’ basket secured the late Jim Valvano his only NCAA championship.

The Houston Cougars pioneered a highly entertaining and energetic style of basketball that NCAA college basketball fans had never before seen. Because of their exciting, up-tempo play, the Cougars ushered in a new norm for NCAA college basketball.

In addition to their above the rim wizardry, these dunking, scoring and winning Cougars, best known as Phi Slamma Jamma, may be college basketball’s best team ever to never win an NCAA title.

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On This Day in 1985 Villanova Beat Georgetown for NCAA Title

MIKE sports comic - Villanova 1985 NCAA ChampsApril 1, 1985 marks a special day in NCAA college basketball history.

College basketball fans, coaches and pundits have claimed that on that day the Villanova Wildcats emerged as the closest a team has ever come to playing a perfect game.

Others have cited that April 1, 1985 marked the greatest upset victory in the history of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Games.

I’ve also chosen that epic 1985 Villanova Wildcats improbable 66 – 64 NCAA title game victory over the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in my new FREE sports comic book Philadelphia Sports Icons.

The iconic win captivated college basketball fans. At Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena, Villanova captured its first ever NCAA men’s tournament crown under its likeable chubby coach Rollie Massimino.

Seeded #8, Villanova remains the lowest ranked team to ever win an NCAA title. The team bested #9 seed Dayton Flyers, #7 seed UNC Tar Heels, #5 seed Memphis State Tigers and #2 seed Michigan Wolverines to advance to the Big Dance’s biggest party.

On that special Monday night on April 1, 1985, Villanova played brilliantly against the previous year’s defending champion and dominating #1 overall seed in the field. Led by legendary coach John Thompson II, the Hoyas were odds on favorite to defeat the undersized and undermanned Wildcats.

Surprisingly, Massimino’s club was better and far more prepared than most pundits gave them credit. Villanova played a tenacious defense. Further, the team was battle tested by a very tough schedule in the nation’s best conference that year – the Big East.

With no shot clock in college basketball at the time, Villanova methodically shortened the game by stretching out each valuable possession. They played smart and shot spectacularly in a game that few people gave them a chance to win.

The Wildcats shot an amazing 79% from the field against a Patrick Ewing led Georgetown defense known for thwarting all their opponents’ offensive success. In addition, Villanova was equally as proficient from the free throw line where the team converted on 22 of 28 attempts.

Villanova’s center, “Easy” Ed Pinckney, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Not only did he outscore Patrick Ewing 16 – 14 in the title game, but he out rebounded the Hoyas center 6 -5.

Villanova was led by wing player Dwayne McCain’s 17 points. In addition, invaluable contributions were made by starters Harold Pressley, Gary McLain and Harold Jensen. Villanova’s starting five played most of the title game with little substitution.

Prior to this magical night, the Villanova had enjoyed a storied NCAA college basketball history with Final Four appearances in 1939 and 1971. The Wildcats also boasted Elite Eight appearances in 1978, 1982 and 1983.

However, April 1, 1985 would be the underdog Wildcats team’s night of destiny. Three decades later, the seminal victory still makes the city of Philadelphia and Villanova University alumni gush with pride.

That’s why the Villanova Wildcats, the 1985 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship Team, is also no upset surprise for the #6 spot in my sports comic book Philadelphia Sports Icons.

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2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog: Never Nervous Pervis Ellison

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Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog is an opportunity for me to personally share my favorite March Madness performance.

And, it’s not about Christian Laettner’s last second dagger against Kentucky in the 1992 East Regional Finals. Nor is it The Admiral David Robinson’s brilliant performances for Navy back in the 1986 tournament.

However, on this day back in 1986, a piano, tuba and trombone-playing freshman probably gave his best performance ever, not with a musical instrument, but rather with a basketball in his hand.

In the final minute of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game against favored Duke, Pervis Ellison became a star. He earned the iconic nickname Never Nervous Pervis for doing what most shy teenagers still wearing braces on their teeth could never do. He excelled under immense pressure on national television.

The 6’9” freshman grabbed a missed shot and scored with 38 seconds left in the title game. Then, he calmly converted both ends of a one and one free throw opportunity with just 11 seconds to go in the championship contest.

Ellison’s heroic performance sealed the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship for the University of Louisville and got him named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He also finished the Duke game with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

former University of Louisville star Pervis Ellison

Never Nervous Pervis Ellison

While other teenagers would probably struggle under such pressure, the very calm and confident Never Nervous Pervis excelled.

Even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski recognized Ellison’s fantastic game by citing that the freshman was truly magnificent.

Ellison remained at Louisville for another three years. He finished his career as the only player in school history to total more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He was also Louisville’s all-time career shot blocker and had his #42 jersey retired in 1989.

Never Nervous Pervis Ellison graduated from Louisville and became the number one overall pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 1989 NBA Draft. Injuries unfortunately slowed Ellison’s NBA career. His best season was in 1991- 92 when he was voted the league’s Most Improved Player for posting averages of 20.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

This Louisville star will always be remembered for his surprising heroics in the 1986 NCAA title game against Duke.

That’s when this calm and collected 18-year-old rightfully earned his never-to-be-forgotten basketball nickname – Never Nervous Pervis.

When it comes to favorite March Madness performances, that’s my 2 cents.

MIKE on sports!

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FREE Sports Comic Book: Philadelphia Sports Icons

Philadelphia Sports Stars and Landmarks

My newest FREE sports comic book chronicles the stories of iconic figures in Philadelphia sports history.

In addition to its predecessors – Boston Sports Icons and New York Sports Icons - Philadelphia Sports Icons is third in a series of sports comic books that recognize the history

Since the Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1776, the City of Brotherly Love has nurtured a rich and diverse heritage.

The home town of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall has also become synonymous with the birthplace of Chubby Checker’s twist and Pat Olivieri’s world famous cheese steaks.

Plus, other noteworthy Philadelphia foods have garnered national attention like Tastykakes, Italian hoagies and soft pretzels.

Legendary flag maker Betsy Ross’ name still stands as the city’s most historically celebrated. But, like the Founding Fathers who signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, Ross’ name is now mentioned in the same breath as other famous Philadelphians.

Dick Clark, W.C. Fields, Frankie Avalon, Will Smith, Grace Kelly, Pink, Boyz II Men, Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper and Richard Gere have all risen from Philly roots to international entertainment stardom.

Sports heroes have also afforded Philadelphia a rich heritage that rivals the celebrated of other great American cities.

In Philadelphia Sports Icons, I feature my favorite sports legends, beloved teams and cherished venues that have provided a common bond for this diverse, vibrant city.

The most dominating player in NBA history, whose very presence prompted universal rule changes in the game of basketball, soars into the first chapter of this book.

Blitzing into the next chapter is the NFL’s late Minister of Defense; he’s probably the most admired and successful football player in Philadelphia Eagles history.

The Cathedral of College Basketball comes next. It’s hosted more NCAA basketball games than any other arena in the country.

A former chubby NBA Hall of Fame player turned broadcasting superstar commands a colorful chapter all his own.

This Philadelphia Sports Icons book also revisits the improbable run of the 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions – the Villanova Wildcats.

A mature boxer who evaded a life of crime follows next. I chronicle his flamboyant entry into the ring and his weight class domination even at a surprisingly advanced age.

With both front teeth missing, a diabetic quickly skates into the book as the city’s most beloved and decorated hockey player.

Next, a seriously chiseled third baseman steps up to the plate. This Hall of Fame slugger spent his entire career sporting a Phillies uniform.

Another amazing basketball player swoops into the book, too. He’s known for effortlessly flying above the hardwood where he operated so brilliantly with a basketball, instead of a surgeon’s scalpel, in his hand.

My #1 choice in Philadelphia Sports Icons also ranks as perhaps the most hated team in hockey history.

But, the two-time Stanley Cup champion can never be overlooked. The team embodied the toughness and brawn of this working class city situated between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.

As a bonus, this book culminates with a chapter about the most famous fictional athlete of all-time. He’ll undoubtedly inspire you to run up a few flights of steps while pumping your arms in euphoria.

Enjoy my FREE sports comic book Philadelphia Sports Icons.

Feel free to share it with friends.

Write me at mikeonsports@yahoo.com if you think one of your favorite Philadelphia athletes or icons should have been included in this book.

So, grab a soft pretzel or order a cheese steak and start reading!

MIKE on sports!

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NCAA Basketball’s The Palestra in Philadelphia

MIKE sports comic - The PalestraPerhaps Philadelphia’s most revered sports venue, the Palestra is appropriately called the Cathedral of College Basketball.

Recognized as the birthplace of college basketball, this hallowed arena opened its doors on the University of Pennsylvania campus on January 1, 1927. On that seminal day, Ivy League rivals Penn and Yale tipped off in what would become the first of thousands of games held in this building.

Named after an ancient Greek rectangular enclosure, the sparkling new facility was designed to house 8,722 spectators. However, more than 10,000 excited fans crammed into the Palestra to witness Penn beat Yale 26 – 15 on its opening day.

Since then, the Palestra has hosted more NCAA college basketball games than any other arena in the country.

Since 1955, the Palestra has also served as the home court for the round robin of Big 5 college basketball games. Though not an official league or athletic conference, the Big 5 boasts five successful college basketball programs located within a 17 mile radius of center city Philadelphia.

Each year, the Big 5’s Penn, LaSalle, Temple, St. Joe’s and Villanova compete against each other in the city’s iconic Palestra. No other metropolitan area in the country can make the college basketball claim to have five programs this good, this close to one another and also this willing to schedule games each season.

In 2007, an ESPN Classic documentary chronicled the Palestra’s enduring legacy by featuring its iconic building and its storied basketball tradition.

In 2000, the Palestra enjoyed a welcome renovation and the addition of a Philadelphia college basketball museum.

The documentary highlighted the concourses surrounding center court of this beautiful brick building, with nearly a century of memories adorning the walls. Banners, trophies and even pictures of mascots capture die hard college hoops fans.

However, it’s the Palestra’s Hall of Fame that totally enraptures visitors. The glass enclosed photos and awards cases recognize Big 5 coaches and players as well as the city’s greatest high school player ever – Wilt Chamberlain – who hailed from center city’s Overbrook High which is just a short cab ride from the gym.

Worthy coaches such as Penn’s Chuck Daly, LaSalle’s Tom Gola, St. Joe’s Dr. Jack Ramsey, Temple’s John Chaney and 1985 NCAA National Championship coach Rollie Massimino of Villanova are also recognized.

The unique commaraderie of the Philadelphia college basketball coaching fraternity has long been admired. Traditionally, Big 5 coaches eagerly share game film on opponents whose schools were located outside Philadelphia. Ironically, or even admirably, this Big 5 coaching cabal would never offer coaching tips or game film on any of the Big 5 rival schools.

“Easy” Ed Pickney of Villanova, Jerome Allen of Penn, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant of LaSalle, Norman Black of St. Joe’s and Bill “The Owl Without the Vowel” Mlkvy of Temple are some of the best Big 5 players that laced ‘em up at the Palestra.

In addition to Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and Eugene Banks are other high school prodigies who never played college basketball at the Palestra. However, they were known to ran up and down the pristine hardwood court during high school all-star and playoff games.

Because fans are able to sit so close to the court, the Palestra lives up to its billing as one of the best places to watch a college basketball game.

And, the plaque that greets Palestra visitors once they enter its hallowed basketball halls reinforces the aura of the place.

It reads: “To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. But to love the game is the greatest of all.”

I doubt few would argue.

Philadelphia Sports Stars and LandmarksThat’s why the beloved Palestra ranks #8 in my FREE sports comic book Philadelphia Sports Icons.

Click on the purple cover above and safely download the FREE sports comic book featuring the Palestra and several more icons in the City of Brotherly Love’s sports history.

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ESPN Sports Center Da Da Da! Da Da Da!

ESPN Sports Center Da Da Da!Every sports fan recognizes this siren song to ESPN’s flagship show.

That’s right! It’s the clarion call, or ice cream truck music, for sports fans to tune into ESPN Sports Center.

This instantly recognizable six note melody is intoxicating.

It’s my inspiration for today’s iTunes and Stitcher Radio sports podcast.

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The staccato sound of Da Da Da! Da Da Da! woos you to tune into ESPN Sports Center – no matter what you’re doing at the time.

Like a giant magnet from inside your big screen television, the jingle coaxes you to stop whatever you’re doing and start humming.

Fess up, sports fans, we’ve all murmured Da Da Da! Da Da Da! by simulating orchestra sounds with our mouth.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ve probably heard the tune every day since it was composed in 1989.

But, hardly anyone knows that we have music producer John Colby to thank for this masterful melody that serves as Sports Center’s iconic intro.

Yes, Mr. Colby, thank you for:

Interrupting dinner

Cutting off important conversations

Making me drop everything to watch the latest sports news – huh! – even if it’s the top 10 highlights from the qualifying round to this year’s Little League World Series.

Sure, the melody may have prospered for 50,000 shows.

But, probably like you, in order for me to become addicted to Sports Center, it only took that one – Da Da Da! Da Da Da!

Straight talk. No static.

This is MIKE!

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Admiral David Robinson

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Former U.S. Naval Academy Star David Robinson

Today’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the game clock back to 1987 when David Robinson was the rage during that year’s March Madness.

The highest rank in the U.S Navy that he ever held was Lieutenant Junior Grade. However, this former U.S Naval Academy basketball star will always be known by his notable nautical nickname, The Admiral.

While an NBA pro with the San Antonio Spurs, David Robinson won two Olympic gold medals, two NBA championships and a 1995 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

In 1995 he was named as one of the 50 greatest NBA players in history.

Despite his professional and Olympic celebrity, David Robinson will always be remembered for his unexpected, brilliant college basketball career at the U.S. Naval Academy. That’s where Navy fans first saw him star as The Admiral.

Surprisingly, Robinson started playing basketball competitively as a high school senior. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a skinny 6’8” and 185 lb. freshman with very little basketball ability. He even needed special permission from the Navy to apply because he already stood taller than the military school’s maximum height allowance.

The late-blooming Robinson graduated four years later as a muscular, highly skilled 7’1” athletic center. Robinson left his mark on college basketball as the all-time greatest U.S. Naval Academy player.

In his junior year, The Admiral led the Midshipmen to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament, the school’s highest finish ever. During his senior season, he averaged 28.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots per game.

Robinson received college basketball’s two highest honors during his senior season. The Admiral won both the Naismith and Wooden Awards, given each year to NCAA college basketball’s top overall player.

Even though he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the overall number one pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, Robinson did not enter the NBA immediately after graduation.

Instead, The Admiral served two years of his required active duty in the Navy before joining the Spurs organization in 1989. He played for San Antonio during his entire 13-year NBA career and was elected into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson also ships in at #4 in all-time NCAA Basketball Favorites.

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This Naval Officer may have only worn the uniform of a Lieutenant Junior Grade during his service in the U.S. Navy.

But, whenever David Robinson stepped onto the basketball court, he played like the top ranking leader for which he was named – The Admiral.

MIKE on sports!

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2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog: Dick Vitale’s “Diaper Dandies” No More!

2 Cent Tuesday sports blog

Dick Vitale’s “Diaper Dandies” are no more!

That’s right. With more than 35 NCAA basketball games now under their belts, Vitale’s “Diaper Dandies” have grown quickly out of the toddler stage and have now become full fledged men!

As we approach the Sweet 16 Round of the annual NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship, Dickie V’ once highly touted, precocious freshmen have grown up quickly and matured into experienced college basketball stars.

In today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog, I take a closer look at Dick Vitale’s well-known basketball expression – “Diaper Dandies.”

As a colorful sportscaster, Dickie V has always had a talent for coining popular, but sophomoric phrases. College basketball fans can easily recite and apply Vitale’s extensive, cliché-laden vocabulary.

Thanks to ESPN’s Vitale, fans understand that a P.T.P. is that special Prime Time Player. They also know who’s on everybody’s All Rolls Royce Team.

Even more, fans know a Dow Joneser is a talented up-and-down performer on the basketball court.

For a former coach who speaks in corny sentences, leave it to Vitale to connect baby diapers with highly recruited college basketball freshmen.

The term “Diaper Dandies” became famous when Vitale named Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant to this highly respect breed. His connection created one of the college sports world’s most recognized nicknames – the Diaper Dandy.

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NCAA Basketball Freshmen Diaper Dandies

Vitale generously applied the same “Diaper Dandies” label to this crop of fabulous freshmen, many of whom have enjoyed the opportunity to shine in this year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Exciting freshmen guards D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Melo Trimble of Maryland may have both prematurely exited this year’s March Madness. But, their maturity and talent on the court were never questioned.

The same applies to those standouts who still remain in the running for college basketball’s biggest prize.

Blue blood programs Kentucky and Duke boast the most “Diaper Dandies” of those schools that remain in the Sweet 16 field.

Kentucky may showcase a deeper roster of fabulous frosh in big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles as well as fantastic first year guards in Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.

However, three elite emerging newbies hail from Durham, NC’s campus and arguably are the best of the bunch when playing together. Perhaps the best frosh in the nation, Jahlil Okafur, is supported by two additional freshmen in standout guard Tyus Jones and multi-talented wing Justice Winslow.

Vitale may have labelled this group “Diaper Dandies.” However, at this stage in the season, nothing n their games remotely suggest that Kentucky’s and Duke’s freshmen haven’t shed the metaphorical diapers in order to compete as strong and talented young men for a national championship.

Now that’s my 2 cents!

MIKE on sports!

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Deadly Sports Language: New iTunes Sports Podcast

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Team has its backs against the wall

The deadly language of sports is absolutely lethal.

It’s rich with dire references.

It overflows with clichés crying out for imminent death.

And, it serves as inspiration for today’s sports podcast on iTunes.

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Click above to listen to the podcast.

Also, like the sports comic that introduces this chapter, it makes you feel helpless – like your back is against the wall and a firing squad is poised to pull the trigger aimed at you.

Sure, sports’ deadly language may sound very depressing at times, but don’t blame me. Blame the morbid manner the media reports on its coverage of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

During my sports journalism career, I’ve spent plenty of time attending sports events and watching games on the big screen.

I’m routinely assaulted by the deadly language that sportscasters employ.

Tell me if some of these sports references don’t make you feel like you’re being clunked on the head by a coffin.

For example:

The QB made a fatal mistake, and he got buried by the linebacker.

When the batter failed to execute the suicide squeeze play, the base runner became a dead duck.

When time expired, it forced sudden death overtime in this life or death soccer match.

The opponents’ deadly 3 point shooting in the game murdered us.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks basketball coach Nolan Richardson captured a 1994 NCAA title. He attributed his championship victory to his team’s “40 Minutes of Hell” defense.

A couple of NCAA football teams play their home games in football stadiums known as Death Valley.

If the previous “expiring” expressions don’t bury you, consider these team nicknames that also comprise sports’ deadly terminology.

Remember these popular nicknames for pro sports teams from the past? The 1967 Boston Red Sox were referred to as The Kardiac Kids. The 1982 Miami Dolphins were called The Killer Bees. And, the 1927 New York Yankees were notoriously known as Murderers’ Row.

Even, NFL defenses bore similarly sounding titles. Consider the Minnesota Vikings’ Purple People Eaters, the Chicago Bears’ Monsters of the Midway and the Dallas Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense.

Finally, individual nicknames like The Undertaker, The Embalmer and The Executioner are separately profiled in Deadly Sports Stuff.

The deadly language of sports easily finds a place at #4 in my sports comic book titled Deadly Sports Stuff.

Deadly Sports StuffNow, do you get it? I could argue that sportscasters’ colorfully lethal language must change immediately.

However, it hasn’t killed us yet and it probably never will.

MIKE on sports!

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New iTunes Podcast on March Madness’ Missed FT Celebration

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Teammates congratulate shooter who missed free throw

Earlier this month, I posted a blog about one of the worst sights in all of sports. I coined the ridiculous spectacle the “missed free throw celebration.”

After watching the first couple rounds of the NCAA March Madness basketball games, I became exasperated and was led to record an iTunes sports podcast about the inexplicable behavior of this “poor shooting party.

MIKE on sports podcastClick above to download the podcast from iTunes.

Just tune into the March Madness games on CBS, TNT and TBS, and I guarantee you’ll to see countless “missed free throw celebrations.”

These “failed free throw festivities” occur whenever basketball players enthusiastically approach their brick-laying, free throw shooting teammate. They oddly congratulate him with high fives and generous pats to the butt after he just clanged an important freebie from 15 feet.

Doesn’t anybody else on the planet find this behavior ridiculous?

Why don’t announcers decry the dreadful display of celebrating ineptitude whenever a shooter misses a gimme from the charity stripe? Instead, they claim there’s a mysterious lid on the basket.

Imagine if MLB infielders sprint to the pitcher’s mound to bask in the embarrassment of a pitcher immediately after his last fast ball wound up 450’ away in the center field stands?

And, what if NFL players party-hearty with their team’s running back after he coughs up the football in the red zone?

You get where I’m going here. So, let’s stop the “missed free throw celebrations” before these pitiful parties spread to other sports.

I write more about the “missed free throw celebration” and other irritating things about sports in my FREE sports comic book called Wost About Sports.

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