#TBT Sports Blog: Fanny Blankers-Koen “The Flying Housewife”

Chances are pretty good that you’ve never heard of my #9 choice in this book on Olympic Favorites. However, after reading about how she dominated international women’s track and field events a generation ago, you’ll more than likely never forget … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: MLB’s Mr. November Derek Jeter

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.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Mr. October Reggie Jackson

It’s only fitting that Major League Baseball’s Mr. October Reggie Jackson leads off today’s #TBT sports blog. This Baseball Hall of Fame slugger wore the colorful uniform of the Oakland A’s and the traditional pinstripes of the New York Yankees. … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Racing Weenies at Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park

In-game entertainment varies by sport and venue.

However, all sports fans can agree that in-game entertainers can be especially creative to support the home team.

These entertainers range from perky cheerleaders to talented jugglers. They include dancers, twirlers and tuba players.

From Frisbee catching dogs on a baseball field to dunking gorillas on a basketball court, in-game entertainment absolutely enriches the sports fans’ experience at the park, stadium or arena.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NCAA Football’s Galloping Ghost Red Grange

Today’s #TBT Sports Blog features Red Grange – one of NCAA football’s greatest players of all time. My post recalls Grange – an incomparable college football player with the unforgettable nickname – The Galloping Ghost. In 2008, ESPN.com called Red … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: College Football’s Two Death Valleys

Today’s #TBT Sports Blog tells the history of Death Valley – both of them. One of college football’s most daunting places for visiting teams to play, Death Valley rests peacefully in one of my favorite sports comic books –  Deadly … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Lou Holtz & ESPN College Game Day

Lou Holtz’s ESPN College Game Day sterling studio schtick earns him a spot in our living rooms each fall weekend.

Sure, little Lou looks like he never played a lick and probably couldn’t bench press a broom.

For cryin’ out loud – as this charismatic old coaching codger likes to say – I absolutely love Lou Holtz even more now as a talking head and co-anchor with Mark May during ESPN College Game Day broadcasts.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boxer Roberto Duran or “Hands of Stone”

  Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers world champion boxer Roberto Duran aptly nicknamed “Hands of Stone.” This Panamanian boxer regularly pummeled his opponents. With 70 career knock-outs, Roberto Duran punched with such power that observers claimed he possessed Hands of … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Australian Olympic Swimmer Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Australian sports icon Ian Thorpe. This Olympic swimmer’s powerful speed in the pool gave rise to his brilliant nickname. Known simply as The Thorpedo, Ian Thorpe ranks as one of the greatest swimmers of all … 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