About MIKE

Thee Ultimate Talking Head on Sports!

#TBT Sports Blog: Former Baltimore Orioles Brooks “Hoover” Robinson

Today’s TBT sports blog features a Hall of Fame athlete with a household appliance for a nickname. He played the hot corner better than anyone else in baseball history.

Instead of an oven or a stove top grill, this third baseman was known as Hoover, short for the old American standard in vacuum cleaners. He sucked up every baseball hit his way.

In the same way Hoover vacuums were the predominant household appliance of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Brooks Robinson was the undisputed best fielding third baseman who ever played the game. Named to Major League Baseball’s All Century Team in 1999, Robinson played third base for the Baltimore Orioles for an incredible 23 years.

Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Boston Celtics Great & ESPY Winner Bill Russell

Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls Boston Celtics great Bill Russell – the most decorated championship player in NBA history, and now the 2019 winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. ESPN presented the octogenarian with its hallowed honor at last … Continue reading

Sitting in Pigeon Heaven at a Major League Baseball Game

It may not be the best location in a baseball stadium. However, any seat in Pigeon Heaven is worth the price to some fans.

Whether you look upon Pigeon Heaven as a heavenly blessing or a hellish curse, the 300 and above levels in baseball stadiums are still desirable seats.

Fans who really want to attend a game and can’t afford a pricey ticket closer to the field consider these seats manna from heaven.

Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Major League Baseball’s Shoeless Joe Jackson

Way back in 1906, a heckling fan at an amateur baseball game in Anderson, SC coined the nickname Shoeless. It happened as Joe Jackson ran to third base while only wearing his socks.

Joe Jackson’s Shoeless nickname is not the only thing for which this 12-year Major League Baseball star is immediately and infamously remembered.

Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog Remembers NBA Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer

If the NBA introduced its popular BIG Marketing campaign back in the late 80s, this former all-star, and Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boy, would easily have been nicknamed the Big Jerk!

That’s because saying his name immediately sparked agitation in basketball circles everywhere – except maybe in the state of Michigan.

One would think words like champion, all-star, terrific rebounder, rugged defender or great teammate would best describe this player.

Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Ozzie Smith or MLB’s Wizard of Oz

Today’s #TBT sports blog features one of my favorite MLB players ever – former St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie Smith or The Wizard of Oz. If Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow were baseball fans, they’d be off to … Continue reading

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

Today’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 … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: 1970 NBA Finals Hero 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 … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: The Fat Lady Sings Podcast

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 … Continue reading