Single named athletes aren’t the only famous people with mononyms. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name identified their fame. These single named icons were instantly known by a … Continue reading
Though no one ever questioned his intellect or his desire to play football, NFL scouts did think he was too small and lacked the necessary speed and athleticism to play professionally.
But, just like a casino slot machine can unexpectedly pay out big dividends, former New England Patriots’ and now Denver Broncos’ slot receiver Wes Welker proved all the so-called NFL experts wrong.
At just 5’9” and 185 lbs. the undersized slot receiver known as the Slot Machine defied all NFL odds and became a two-time NFL All-Pro first team wide receiver.Continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend in America ranks as the best time of the year for retailers to sell grills.
This bit of trivia serves as the perfect segue for me to share a chapter excerpt from my newest book on Favorite Boxers.
The following chronicles the improbable life of the greatest marketer of grills in the world who also just happens to be one of the best heavyweight fighters ever.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
And, now, thanks to the brainchild of respected ad agency Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, we know that the NBA is, “BIG!”
Well, it was never bigger yesterday.
New NBA commissioner Adam Silver demonstrated to the American public why we absolutely “love this game” with his unprecedented banishment of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.Continue reading
At the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley, Jr. to regain the WBO welterweight title.
Pac Man’s unanimous decision dispelled all doubts that Father Time had caught up with the 35 year-old Filipino fighter.
Pacquiao, now 56-5-2 with 38 KO’s, outperformed Bradley, now 31-1 with 12 KO’s, on a number of fronts. He connected on 35% or 198 of 563 total punches thrown and outranked Bradley in overall power punches 176 – 98 connected.Continue reading
No one was surprised to learn that within a 24 hour time span an important football game sold out at the University of Michigan’s iconic Big House 100,000+ seat stadium.
However, what did surprise, better yet shock, sports fans is that the sell-out for the August 2, 2014 game did not pit legendary rivals the University of Michigan Wolverines versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA football action.
Instead, the marquee match-up will feature the two top international football (soccer) teams in the world: Manchester United and Real Madrid. These squads will face each other ironically on the Big House’s gridiron turf turned into a soccer pitch.Continue reading
Here’s a sneak peak at one of my chapters in my next FREE sports comic book entitled: Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports!
He’s the Zamboni driver – a dream job for hockey fans everywhere.Continue reading
Much has changed in sports over the years.
Athletes have gotten bigger, faster and stronger. Salaries have skyrocketed. And, ESPN media coverage has become ubiquitous.
However, some sports cliches, which should have succumbed years ago to obsolescence or political correctness, still remain in sportscasters’ collective vocabulary.Continue reading
The date February 22nd may be permanently etched in the minds of USA Olympic Hockey Team fans for two totally different reasons.
This morning, USA hockey fans witnessed one of the worst performances in USA Olympic hockey history.
In the bronze medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a feisty Finnish team demoralized a lifeless USA squad.
The Finns beat the Yanks 5 – 0. Internationally regarded as a high scoring squad, the Americans lacked fire power and were shockingly shutout for the second game in a row.
USA Hockey’s performance in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games will be something American fans will want to quickly forget.
However, let’s turn our hockey clocks back 34 years to February 22, 1980 and remember perhaps the greatest time in USA Hockey history.Continue reading