With the 2014 World Cup winding down in Brazil, it’s only fitting that today’s #TBT FIFA sports blog remembers Pele – universally considered soccer’s greatest player ever.
Here’s a chapter excerpt from my Favorite Single Named Athletes sports comic book that acknowledges the incomparable Pele.
…..Mention the name Edson Arantes de Nascimento and only staunch soccer fans will recognize it.
However, say the simple name Pele, and nearly everyone on the planet, whether soccer fan or not, will immediately recognize this extraordinary Brazilian. Continue reading
Today’s Throw Back Thursday or TBT FIFA sports blog focuses on Manuel Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most decorated soccer heroes and a two-time World Cup champion.
My TBT post is an excerpt from my book FIFA Favorites…….
……These words are written on the tombstone of our next nicknamed athlete. “Here rests in peace one who was the Joy of the People.”
Sadly, Manuel Garrincha passed away as a mystery. He was a brilliant footballer, beloved by Brazilians, yet he died as a poor alcoholic. Continue reading
American sports fans may revel in the histrionic antics of WWF, but the drama-queen dilettantes of 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil are far too over-the-top for the American male.
Most American sports fans still can’t stomach soccer.
And, it’s because of the flopping that would make NBA stars LeBron James and Manu Ginobli beam with pride! Continue reading
The most famous missed call in the history of World Cup soccer occurred on June 22, 1986 in front of 114,850 fans in Mexico City’s Estadia Azteca.
Known by the divinely inspired nickname the Hand of God, the controversial goal has never been forgotten and has been forever memorialized in sports blogs like these for the past 28 years.
During the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match-up between Argentina and England, Argentina’s Diego Maradona illegally punched a loose ball in the box into the back of the net. Maradona’s obvious handball goal should have been immediately disallowed by Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser. However, the goal stood and eliminated an angry English team from further competition in the tournament. Continue reading
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
Each 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 … Continue reading
Standing 13.5” tall and weighing in at a hefty 25 lbs., the iconic Heisman Trophy is unquestionably the most prestigious award in college sports. The big bronze trophy easily stiff-arms all other potential choices to be the focus of today’s … Continue reading
Another New York Yankee tops the charts as one of Major League Baseball’s most admired and respected players ever.
This famous shortstop became known as Mr. November through unique circumstances surrounding the postponement of the 2001 World Series. Continue reading
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
Today’s Friday Sports Funny dusts off one of my original MIKE on Sports! iTunes podcasts. It’s titled: Keep Politics Out of Sports! You see. I’m a sports guy, not a political pundit. I’m also a firm believer that it’s our … Continue reading