#TBT Sports Blog: Jesse Owens 4X Olympic Champion

Before MLB’s Jackie Robinson, the NFL’s Jim Brown, the NBA’s Wilt Chamberlain or boxing’s Joe Louis, track star Jesse Owens was regarded as the USA’s first ever African American sports icon. In today’s #TBT sports blog, let’s remember this extraordinary … Continue reading

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps Busted Again for DUI

The 22 Olympic medals hanging heavily around Michael Phelps’ neck may not sink him. However, the all-time Olympic medal winner’s reckless personal behavior outside the pool may ultimately dunk him with his sponsors. Early yesterday morning, Maryland police clocked Phelps’ … Continue reading

Sports Adage: That’s Why We Play the Games!

Legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp popularized the famous sports adage, “That’s why we play the games to see who wins.”

Rupp’s basketball quote surprisingly found its way onto the DecoTurf tennis surface of Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday, ringing especially true at this year’s US Open men’s semifinals.

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On This Day in 1960: Muhammad Ali Wins Olympic Gold

On this day, September 5, 1960, sports history was made at the XVII Olympic Games in Rome.

Cassius Marcellus Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, won the gold medal in boxing’s light heavyweight division by defeating Zbigniew Pietrzykowski from Poland.

The victory helped catapult Clay in a career where he would eventually become an international sports superstar as well as controversial cultural figure in the United States.

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FREE Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports Book: Refs

You can see them at every game in every sport at every level.

They never actually play in a game, but they’re most deserving of a spot in my FREE sports comic book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports.

Why? Their presence is absolutely essential.

At #5 in my book, my choice is none other than the guys and gals who preside over games, blow the whistles, make the calls, enforce the rules and enact all the penalties.

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Big ESPN Mistake Naming Drake 2014 ESPY Awards Host

Aubrey Drake Graham, aka Drake, hosted the 22nd annual ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles last night.

ESPN’s decision to have Drake host the sports world’s most recognized awards show led many sports fans like me to speculate.

Did ESPN drop the ball in asking a non-athlete and relatively unknown mainstream entertainer with a readily apparent insecurity of aligning himself with A-list sports celebrities to host a major event that reached 25 million+ households?


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NSSA Hall of Fame Honors Marv Albert, Rick Reilly & State Winners

With microphones switched off and pens reposed in pockets, sportscasters and sportswriters from around the country gather in Salisbury, NC each spring to relax as well as honor their own. Starting June 7, 2014, the small North Carolina city, home to the National Sportswriters Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame, welcomes a huge contingent of accomplished sports journalists to its annual awards weekend. Spearheaded by Executive Director Dave Goren, the 55th annual weekend will recognize individual state winners and induct a nationally acclaimed sportswriter and sportscaster into its illustrious circle of excellence. This year the NSSA ushers former Sports Illustrated and current ESPN writer Rick Reilly as well as current Turner Sports basketball and CBS football play-by-play announcer Marv Albert into its hallowed Hall of Fame.

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New Sports Comic Book: Confusing Stuff in Sports

Confusion compelled me to publish a new book.

Just look at the comic that starts this chapter. How many sports fans know what “running the table means’ and, better yet, how many can actually explain the genesis of the cliche?

As author of 34 sports comic books, I know a bunch about sports.

But, at times, some sports stuff confounds me.

I’m a simple, straightforward sports fan. I like order. I rely on logic, common sense and reasonable thinking.

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Is the Luster on Earvin Magic Johnson’s Star Starting to Tarnish?

The brilliant luster on NBA luminary Earvin Magic Johnson’s star showed signs of tarnishing this past week.

One of my favorite sports figures of all-time, Magic demonstrated that he needs to guard his tongue in the same way he expertly protected the basketball during his Hall of Fame NBA career.

The retired NBA player, now businessman extraordinaire, raised eyebrows recently by metaphorically turning the ball over on two critical occasions.

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Olympic Swim Champ Michael Phelps Announces Comeback

In a surprise announcement this week, the Baltimore Bullet plans to stick his big toe into the chlorine water once again.

The most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps, announced that he will be coming out of retirement.

Phelps expects to be back in the pool this month to participate in the April 25 and 26 Arena Grand Prix event in Mesa, AZ.

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