http://www.theemike.com Fri, 26 May 2017 13:44:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Friday Sports Funny: Spitting in Baseball http://www.theemike.com/spitting-in-baseball-a-major-league-problem/ http://www.theemike.com/spitting-in-baseball-a-major-league-problem/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7510 Today’s Friday Sports Funny – spitting in baseball – is a major league problem. While watching last night’s game on television, I became appalled by the disgusting discharges emanating from eminent Major League Baseball players. Their spit seriously sullied my … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Muhammad Ali’s “Phantom Punch” http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-muhammad-alis-phantom-punch/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-muhammad-alis-phantom-punch/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 15:10:44 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9983 Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Muhammad Ali’s “Phantom Punch.” On this day 52 years ago the reigning heavyweight champ defended his belt by beating former champ Sonny Liston in a highly anticipated rematch at the Central Maine Convention Center in … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Why Baseball Confuses Me http://www.theemike.com/why-the-sport-of-baseball-confuses-me/ http://www.theemike.com/why-the-sport-of-baseball-confuses-me/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:29 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7312 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog focuses on why the sport of baseball confuses me. And, I don’t think I’m alone. That’s why I compiled a list of befuddling bits of baseball banalities that probably confound you, too. My list … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Unwritten Rules in Sports http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-unwritten-rules-in-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-unwritten-rules-in-sports/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 16:10:48 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6860 Today’s Friday Sports Funny examines the two schools of thought relating to unwritten rules in sports. Some fans love unwritten rules. They revere them as time honored traditions that compliment the black and white regulations permanently etched in rule books. … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boston Celtics Great Bill Russell http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-boston-celtics-great-bill-russell/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-boston-celtics-great-bill-russell/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 13:16:54 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9826 Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls Boston Celtics great Bill Russell – the most decorated championship player in NBA history. The former Celtics center collected an unprecedented 11 championship rings in 13 overall seasons, a feat that Michael Jordan and Magic … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: My Favorite Sounds in Sports http://www.theemike.com/thankful-favorite-sounds-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/thankful-favorite-sounds-sports/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5813 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog lists my all-time top 20 sounds in sports. While consuming terrific NBA Playoff action this week, sports fans can also feast on the many baseball, soccer and hockey games available on television. In addition … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boston Celtics Great Larry Bird http://www.theemike.com/happy-58th-birthday-boston-celtics-great-larry-bird/ http://www.theemike.com/happy-58th-birthday-boston-celtics-great-larry-bird/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 12:59:12 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5870 Today’s #TBT sports blog features NBA great Larry Bird. The Boston Celtics legend s revered in the same breath as other iconic Boston sports heroes – Carl Yastzremski, Bobby Orr, Doug Flutie, David Ortiz and Tom Brady. Though he formally … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Team Turned a Corner http://www.theemike.com/22-free-sports-comic-book-team-turned-corner/ http://www.theemike.com/22-free-sports-comic-book-team-turned-corner/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 11:53:14 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3498 The sprinting soccer players are quickly turning a corner.

They just physically turned a corner as a team, and they are metaphorically turning in the right direction to continued success.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NBA “Iceman” George Gervin http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-ice-man-george-gervin/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-ice-man-george-gervin/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 13:43:48 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8735 Today’s #TBT sports blog highlights NBA “Iceman” George Gervin – one of my favorite NBA players ever. An uncommon cool on the basketball court, coupled with an icicle thin stature, earned this NBA Hall of Famer the nickname The Iceman. … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: The Fat Lady Podcast http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-sports-podcast-the-fat-lady/ http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-sports-podcast-the-fat-lady/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6887 Today’s Friday Sports Funny dusts off the clever podcast I recorded last year about one of the most famous women in sports – The Fat Lady. Definitely not an athlete and seemingly out of shape, a popular chubby chick sings … Continue reading

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FREE Sports Comic Book: Iconic Sports Venues http://www.theemike.com/free-sports-comic-book-iconic-sports-venues/ http://www.theemike.com/free-sports-comic-book-iconic-sports-venues/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:12:12 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9574 The FREE sports comic book Iconic Sports Venues spotlights my favorite places in America to attend a game, regardless of the sport. Steeped in tradition and offering unique contributions to sports history, these iconic venues probably figure prominently on every … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Broad Street Bullies’ Bobby Clarke http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-happy-65th-birthday-bobby-clarke/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-happy-65th-birthday-bobby-clarke/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:37:51 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5166 Even though my favorite hockey player ever once played for a team appropriately named the Philadelphia Flyers, it's still difficult for me to fathom how quickly time can fly by.

Seems like yesterday that Bobby Clarke was skating effortlessly up and down the Spectrum Arena ice in Philadelphia in his orange, black and white #16 Flyers jersey.

But yesterday, I learn that the former NHL star, who hailed from tiny town of Flin Flon, Manitoba, celebrated his 65th birthday.

As a way of wishing this three-time NHL Most Valuable Player, I'm honoring Clarke today by making him the subject of my Throw Back Thursday sports blog.

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2 Cent Tuesday: Sports Needs a Reincarnation of Yogi Berra http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-sports-needs-a-reincarnation-of-yogi-berra/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-sports-needs-a-reincarnation-of-yogi-berra/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:31:32 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7283 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog articulates my very own personal plea for a reincarnation of Yogi Berra of sorts in sports. While watching both the NBA and NHL Playoffs this past weekend, I yearned for a star player to … Continue reading

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Wicked Good Sports Comic Book: Boston Sports Icons http://www.theemike.com/new-free-sports-comic-book-boston-sports-icons/ http://www.theemike.com/new-free-sports-comic-book-boston-sports-icons/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:30:31 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5990 Over 200 years ago, the city of Boston boasted its place as the cradle of American liberty. But today, the city is celebrated as an American sports capitol. And, this FREE sports comic book on Boston sports icons is wicked … Continue reading

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Sitting in Pigeon Heaven at a Major League Baseball Game http://www.theemike.com/pigeon-heaven-mlb-game/ http://www.theemike.com/pigeon-heaven-mlb-game/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:39:30 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5010 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.

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#TBT Sports Blog: In Game Entertainment & Music by DeMonae http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-bes-of-sports-book-in-game-fun/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-bes-of-sports-book-in-game-fun/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:51 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=2647 Attending a big game is always exciting.

Feeling the excitement of the action or experiencing the pulsating pressure only steps away from the court, field, pitch or ice are definitely reasons to celebrate.

Professional sports teams and big-time college athletic programs are rapidly evolving into modern day versions of the famed Barnum and Bailey Circus. These pro teams and college programs eagerly compete for sports fans’ entertainment dollars.

Lots of time, talent, creativity and money are invested to ensure fans at the big game enjoy the experience and feel compelled to return to these modern sports world’s big top known as arenas and stadiums.

This chapter highlights my top choices for In-game Entertainment.

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2 Cent Tuesday: Bigger NOT Always Better in Sports http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-best-of-sports-book-under-sized-athletes/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-best-of-sports-book-under-sized-athletes/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=2619 Best About Sports is another book I penned entirely about undersized athletes. The book allows me to refute a common misconception that “bigger is always better.”

It’s not always true – especially in sports. That’s why I wrote the book specifically touting my all-time favorite Undersized Athletes.

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Boston Marathon’s Heartbreak Hill Represents Boston Strong http://www.theemike.com/boston-marathon-heartbreak-hill-representing-beacon-strength/ http://www.theemike.com/boston-marathon-heartbreak-hill-representing-beacon-strength/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:24:12 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=4402 Since 1897, the Boston Marathon has been recognized as the world’s oldest and most respected long distance running race.

Today, the revered race returns to a once shaken city that suffered through two horrific finish line bombings a year ago.

The tragic events took lives, maimed victims and shed an unwelcome, ponderous pall over a proud and marvelous city.

As all Americans adopt a Boston Strong spirit today to honor the victims stricken in last year’s tragedy, I’ve chosen to feature the race’s famous Heartbreak Hill in my daily blog.

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Major League Baseball Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day http://www.theemike.com/major-league-baseball-celebrates-jackie-robinson-day-2/ http://www.theemike.com/major-league-baseball-celebrates-jackie-robinson-day-2/#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6273 Today, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day. That’s because on April 15, 1997 former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig mandated an unprecedented edict. It was never before witnessed in any American professional sport. Selig ordered all Major League … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The NHL Golden Jet Bobby Hull http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-the-nhl-golden-jet-bobby-hull/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-the-nhl-golden-jet-bobby-hull/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:32:46 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8264 Like an easy open net goal, former Chicago Blackhawks great Bobby Hull effortlessly skates into today’s #TBT sports blog. If you’ve ever visited Chicago’s United Center, you’ve seen his bronze statue standing proudly beside Bulls legend Michael Jordan and fellow … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: FREE Comic Book Titled Best About Sports http://www.theemike.com/mike-launches-new-top-25-series-book-on-best-about-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/mike-launches-new-top-25-series-book-on-best-about-sports/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:35:22 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=2135 Yes, the subject of sports stirs the embers of conversations from yesterday’s nationally televised game as well as from championship games from several seasons ago. Fans who can’t remember what they ate for lunch have amazing recollection of events on the ice, hardwood, pitch, end zone or home plate from decades back and always seek outlets to share their passion, opinions and angst.

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The Masters at Augusta National: A Tradition Unlike Any Other http://www.theemike.com/48-the-masters-at-augusta-national-a-tradition-unlike-any-other/ http://www.theemike.com/48-the-masters-at-augusta-national-a-tradition-unlike-any-other/#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:12:59 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6429 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

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Friday Sports Funny: Baseball’s Pinch Hitter http://www.theemike.com/pinch-hitter-in-mikes-free-baseball-book/ http://www.theemike.com/pinch-hitter-in-mikes-free-baseball-book/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:46:40 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=2526 Talk about poor communication between the catcher and his coach.

The smiling, eager catcher in this comic believes he’s actually following his coach’s direction. He’s literally pinching the batter.

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#TBT Sports Blog: French FIFA Star Franck “Scarface” Ribery http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-french-fifa-star-franck-scarface-ribery/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-french-fifa-star-franck-scarface-ribery/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:31:45 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7873 Today’s #TBT sports blog focuses on FIFA star Franck Ribery. The former French National Team striker earned his nickname Scarface from the noticeable facial scars he suffered in a car accident as a child. For years, Ribery has displayed frightening … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: North Carolina vs. Gonzaga NCAA Title Game Ugh! http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-north-carolina-vs-gonzaga-ncaa-title-game-ugh/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-north-carolina-vs-gonzaga-ncaa-title-game-ugh/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:55:31 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9843 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday blog bemoans the surprisingly sloppy play in last night’s NCAA title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga. Ugh! Even before the completion of the Tar Heels’ 71 – 65 trudging victory over the Bulldogs, the luster … Continue reading

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NCAA National Championship Game: There’s No Tomorrow http://www.theemike.com/1-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-theres-tomorrow/ http://www.theemike.com/1-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-theres-tomorrow/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:08:58 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3662 This comic may be overly dramatic, but it proves a point.

In the case of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, there's no tomorrow for either the Kentucky Wildcats or the UConn Huskies.

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Friday Sports Funny: NCAA Basketball’s Missed FT Celebration http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-on-march-madness-missed-ft-celebration/ http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-on-march-madness-missed-ft-celebration/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:10:44 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6820 Today’s Friday Sports Funny lampoons a ridiculous and far too common basketball spectacle. I’ve named the absurd sight the “missed free throw celebration.” College hoops fans witness this sorry scene every time they tune into to watch a game. During … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: NCAA Basketball’s Phi Slamma Jamma http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-ncaa-basketballs-phi-slamma-jamma/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-ncaa-basketballs-phi-slamma-jamma/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:43:38 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6297 Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Phi Slamma Jamma – the fabulous dunking fraternity that electrified NCAA college basketball fans in the early 1980s. NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler teamed with long, athletic and talented basketball teammates at the … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Top 2017 March Madness Stories http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-top-march-madness-stories/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-top-march-madness-stories/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:51:36 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9821 Today’s sports blog spotlights five remarkable stories surrounding March Madness; i.e. this year’s NCAA national championship tournament. Without doubt, incredible story lines that typically pervade March Madness coverage focus on last second finishes, heroic feats and dominating individual performances. College … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Carrying Team on Shoulders http://www.theemike.com/5-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-carrying-team-shoulders/ http://www.theemike.com/5-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-carrying-team-shoulders/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:52:43 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3654 Today’s Friday Sports Funny focuses on a tiresome, but spot on sports cliche. Though the saying can apply to any sport, it’s most often used to describe that indomitable athlete on the basketball court, especially during March Madness. One of … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Admiral David Robinson http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-the-admiral-david-robinson/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-the-admiral-david-robinson/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6293 Today’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the game clock back to 1987 when David Robinson was the rage during that year’s NCAA March Madness tournament. The highest rank in the U.S Navy that he ever held was Lieutenant Junior Grade. However, … Continue reading

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International Happiness Day: Sports Sights That Make Me Happy http://www.theemike.com/internation-happiness-day-sports-sights-make-happy/ http://www.theemike.com/internation-happiness-day-sports-sights-make-happy/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:58:37 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9805 Today is International Happiness Day. To celebrate the world’s annual joyful holiday, I’ve compiled a list of the top 20 sights that make me happy as a sports fan. These splendid sights always bring a smile to my face. They … Continue reading

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FREE Book: College Basketball Comics http://www.theemike.com/free-book-college-basketball-comics/ http://www.theemike.com/free-book-college-basketball-comics/#respond Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:10:29 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8598 The wildly popular NCAA men’s national basketball championship tournament descends upon fans every year. From mid March through early April, college basketball fans are smitten by the sports world’s most popular annual event that the NCAA has brilliantly Trademarked March … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The NBA’s Portland “Jail Blazers” http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-looks-back-on-the-portland-jailblazers/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-looks-back-on-the-portland-jailblazers/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:49:05 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6308 Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back on one of the best, but most dubious nicknames in sports history – the Portland “Jail Blazers.” Professional sports team management often turns a blind eye to the bratty behavior of their athletes when … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: NBA Hypocrisy http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-nba-hypocrisy/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-nba-hypocrisy/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:58:25 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9787 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog unmasks recent NBA hypocrisy. Yesterday, NBA EVP of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced that Golden State Warriors star forward Andre Iguodala was fined $10,000 for inappropriate comments made during a media interview. Caught on … Continue reading

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NCAA March Madness: College Basketball Bracketology http://www.theemike.com/free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-march-madness-bracketology/ http://www.theemike.com/free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-march-madness-bracketology/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3581 Their pencils are poised.

Their erasers are ready.

And, their theories thought out.

Following last night’s selections, their brackets are filling out. They’ll be compared with those of friends, co-workers, loved ones and total strangers on the internet.

March Madness has descended upon a college basketball crazed America.

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Friday Sports Funny: Makeable Putt in Golf http://www.theemike.com/1-free-sports-comic-book-makeable-putt-golf/ http://www.theemike.com/1-free-sports-comic-book-makeable-putt-golf/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:44:34 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3559 Watching this weekend's incredible coverage of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA immediately brought back painful memories of my own golf game.

As a career duffer, I have a bad short game and my putting is worse. I struggle at times to make the simplest shots on the golf course.

That's why I'm sharing one of the chapters from my FREE book Clever Sports Comics. It features one of my favorite sports comics ever.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NBA Finals Hero Willis Reed http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-finals-hero-willis-reed/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-finals-hero-willis-reed/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:33:23 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8818 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

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2 Cent Tuesday: High Cost of Attending a Game http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-cost-attending-game/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-cost-attending-game/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:16:59 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9059 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog cites the obvious about the high cost of attending a pro sports game. That’s because player salaries have soared. Franchise values have ballooned. And, television rights have skyrocketed to financial heights that no sane … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: The Sports Bra http://www.theemike.com/new-mike-on-sports-podcast-the-sports-bra/ http://www.theemike.com/new-mike-on-sports-podcast-the-sports-bra/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:29:12 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7111 In today’s Friday Sports Funny, I’m happy to share one of my favorite short podcasts ever. It’s available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. The monologue is simply named The Sports Bra. That’s right – The Sports Bra – that essential … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Former WNBA & USA Olympic Star Lisa Leslie http://www.theemike.com/lisa-leslie/ http://www.theemike.com/lisa-leslie/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:15:45 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5003 Four-time Olympic gold medal winner and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie leads the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class which will be honored next June in Knoxville, TN.

Leslie is prominently featured in one of my sports comic books that I released earlier this year. Here's a chapter excerpt that recognizes one of the finest female athletes of all-time.....

.....The WNBA could not have scripted a better person to become the "face" of its sport! She’s a slam dunk of a choice for the #6 spot in Favorite Female Athletes.

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2 Cent Tuesday: Overly Zealous Father LaVar Ball http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-overly-zealous-father-lavar-ball/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-overly-zealous-father-lavar-ball/#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:17:52 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9751 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog focuses on LaVar Ball, the overly zealous father of UCLA college basketball freshman star Lonzo Ball. But first, let’s search ESPN annals to discover the genesis for today’s rant. Many years ago, ESPN’s Page … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Raining 3’s in a Basketball Game http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-raining-3s/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-raining-3s/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8781 Today’s Friday Sports Funny once again lampoons the obvious by bringing to a life the overused basketball cliche of “raining 3’s!” In the comic, a huge umbrella appears to be protecting a group of defenders from an onslaught of 3 … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Old Boston Garden http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-old-boston-garden/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-old-boston-garden/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6231 Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the old Boston Garden. Though the storied arena was demolished in 1998, its lore lives on and remains a beloved part of Boston sports history. In addition to playing host to Stanley Cup Finals and … Continue reading

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37 Years Ago Today: 1980 USA Olympic Hockey’s Miracle on Ice http://www.theemike.com/8538-2/ http://www.theemike.com/8538-2/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8538 On this day 37 years ago – February 22, 1980 – hockey’s Miracle on Ice happened. It marked a national day of pride in America. The 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team birthed a miracle in the highly competitive arena of … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Bye Bye, Boogie! http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-bye-bye-boogie/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-bye-bye-boogie/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:15:19 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9739 Bye bye, Boogie! Farewell, DeMarcus Cousins. Sayonara, adios, auf wiedersehen, see ya! Can we help you pack? Happy to see you go. Need a ride to the airport? Wow, the energy around here sure feels lighter. That’s what Sacramento Kings … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: These Guys Own the Paint http://www.theemike.com/6-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-team-owns-paint/ http://www.theemike.com/6-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-team-owns-paint/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:10 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3651 Today’s Friday Sports Funny brings to life the oft overused sports cliche “these guys own the paint!” When a basketball announcer reports that guys own the paint, you know exactly what he means. Your mind immediately conjures up images very … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Former NHL MVP Super Mario Lemieux http://www.theemike.com/throw-back-thursday-sports-blog-super-mario-lemieux/ http://www.theemike.com/throw-back-thursday-sports-blog-super-mario-lemieux/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:23:45 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=4679 Since the Stanley Cup Finals should officially begin next week, it's only fitting that today's Throw Back Thursday sports blog focuses on a former Stanley Cup champion and incredible overcoming athlete.

Today's #TBT centers on former Pittsburgh Penguins center Super Mario Lemieux. Let's take a look back at this hockey hero.

.....The likeable hero of the top selling video game series of all time was introduced during the rookie season of one of the most admired National Hockey League's players ever.

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Remembering NFL “Sweetness” Walter Payton on Valentine’s Day http://www.theemike.com/valentines-day-remembering-nfl-sweetness-walter-payton/ http://www.theemike.com/valentines-day-remembering-nfl-sweetness-walter-payton/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3914 Happy Valentine's Day, sports fans!

On this special day in which we acknowledge the sweethearts in our lives, I thought my sports blog today should remember the extraordinary athlete known as Sweetness.

Allow me to share this excerpt from my Favorite Single Named Athletes book to honor the late NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears.

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Friday Sports Funny: Clever Quote From FIFA Footballer George Best http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-clever-quote-fifa-footballer-george-best/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-clever-quote-fifa-footballer-george-best/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:30:24 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9696 “Maradona good. Pele better. George Best.” ~ painted on a mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland This funny, but clever quote is written on a wall to memorialize George Best, Northern Ireland’s flamboyant FIFA international footballer. George Best was also known … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The NBA Rash Bruce Bowen http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-rash-bruce-bowen/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-nba-rash-bruce-bowen/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:34:54 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6670 Known by his itchy nickname the Rash, Bruce Bowen scratched, clawed or chafed his way to become an NBA Champion. Bruce Bowen is my pick for today’s #TBT sports blog. Not only did fans love Bowen’s clever nickname the Rash, … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: There’s No “I” in Team http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-theres-no-i-in-team/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-theres-no-i-in-team/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7501 Today’s Friday Sports Funny – there’s no “I” in team – brings to life one of my favorite sports cliches. The well known cliche may be old and overused. However, if you’ve ever played team sports, you’re certainly aware of … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: New England Patriots’ Tom Brady NFL G.O.A.T. http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-new-england-patriots-tom-brady-nfl-g-o-t/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-new-england-patriots-tom-brady-nfl-g-o-t/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:05:09 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9683 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday states the obvious! Congratulations to the undisputed NFL G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and his New England Patriots for their stunning 34 – 26 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday night’s Super Bowl LI in Houston, … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: NBA Icon Wilt Chamberlain’s Quote http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-nba-icon-wilt-chamberlains-quote/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-nba-icon-wilt-chamberlains-quote/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:55:45 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9678 Today’s Friday Sports Funny recalls one of my favorite sports quotes from NBA Icon Wilt Chamberlain. “Nobody ever roots for Goliath.” ~ Wilt Chamberlain’s response to how basketball fans often treated him Wilt’s incredible dominance as an NBA player prompted … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: University of Michigan’s Fab 5 http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-university-of-michigans-fab-5/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-university-of-michigans-fab-5/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:39:03 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6291 Today’s #TBT Fab 5 sports blog recalls one of the best freshmen classes in the history of NCAA college basketball. Their Fab 5 nickname sounded more like the popular Beatles band from the 1960s. Instead, the catchy moniker heralded the … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Anybody But the New England Patriots! http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-anybody-new-england-patriots/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-anybody-new-england-patriots/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:35:29 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9669 In anticipation of this weekend’s Super Bowl 51, today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog tackles the privilege of rooting for your favorite team in spite of what others think about your choice. That’s because sports transcends religion, cuts through cultural … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Iconic Sayings in Sports http://www.theemike.com/iconic-sayings-in-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/iconic-sayings-in-sports/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:23:52 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7468 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog stokes the embers of sports fans’ favorite sayings. They’re expressions that we’ve all used at some point while describing a game or in a simple conversation. Julius Caesar’s “Vedi Vidi Vici” (Latin for I … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Remembering Pistol Pete Maravich http://www.theemike.com/15-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-pistol-pete-maravich/ http://www.theemike.com/15-free-ncaa-march-madness-comic-book-pistol-pete-maravich/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:27:31 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3622 March Madness ranks as the highlight of the season for every college basketball player.

However, not every great basketball player has participated in this incredible annual event.

NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James chose to skip college and jump right into the NBA after high school.

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2 Cent Tuesday: NFL Playoffs Spur Chippy Chatter http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-nfl-playoffs-spur-chippy-chatter/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-nfl-playoffs-spur-chippy-chatter/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:30:47 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9653 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog chronicles some of the unnecessary chippy chatter surfacing from last weekend’s NFL Playoff. Normally, trash talk in sports directly involves player to player confrontations. However, this past weekend unveiled a new type of smack … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Clean Sheet in Soccer http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-clean-sheet-soccer/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-clean-sheet-soccer/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:47:28 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9646 Today’s Friday Sports Funny features the “clean sheet” in soccer. That’s because no other sport flaunts its language with the poetic depictions and eccentric expressions like international football. Whether it’s a bookable offense for wayward defending, bringing one’s side level … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Vince Carter & NBA “Vinsanity” http://www.theemike.com/free-nba-comic-book-vince-carters-vinsanity/ http://www.theemike.com/free-nba-comic-book-vince-carters-vinsanity/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:20:16 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3381 Long before Linsanity was ever discovered, Vinsanity made NBA fans absolutely crazy.

Rookie sensation Jeremy Lin enraptured NBA fans for a few weeks during the 2011 – 12 season with his surprisingly stellar play as an undrafted free agent guard out of the Ivy League's Harvard University.

However, the spectacular play of University of North Carolina product Vince Carter regularly drove basketball fans crazy for years.

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Friday Sports Funny: Kicker Tacking on Extra Point http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-kicker-tacking-extra-point/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-kicker-tacking-extra-point/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:29:36 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3231 Even in an era of high def Jumbotrons in 80,000 seat NFL stadiums, tacking on the extra point remains a relevant sports expression.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Former NY Jets QB Broadway Joe Namath http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-former-ny-jets-qb-broadway-joe-namath/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-former-ny-jets-qb-broadway-joe-namath/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:04:25 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9630 Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls one of the NFL’s most outspoken players – former New York Jets Super Bowl III winning QB Broadway Joe Namath. Jazz singer George Benson crooned about the neon lights shining bright on Broadway. But, New … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: America’s Favorite Stadium The Rose Bowl http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-americas-favorite-stadium-rose-bowl/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-americas-favorite-stadium-rose-bowl/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:06:21 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9624 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog celebrates America’s favorite stadium! It hosted last night’s incredible Rose Bowl Game between USC and Penn State. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA has served as the venue for many of America’s top sports … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Shot Themselves in the Foot http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-shot-foot/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-shot-foot/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:53:17 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3180 Whether in NFL, NCAA or even high school football games, players can fail to perform their best when making ill-advised decisions.

Rather than merely losing a game, they also suffer from knowing they were responsible for inflicting harm on their own team.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steel Curtain http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-pittsburgh-steelers-steel-curtain/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-pittsburgh-steelers-steel-curtain/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9613 This immovable football wall stood stoutly as the best defensive team ever assembled in the history of the National Football League. It blitzes into today’s #TBT sports blog. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s totally tyrannized opposing … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: NFL Blue Collar Teams http://www.theemike.com/free-football-comics-nfl-blue-collar-teams/ http://www.theemike.com/free-football-comics-nfl-blue-collar-teams/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5409 The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers are traditionally recognized as NFL blue collar teams. They perennially field squads that embody the strong work ethic of their fans.

Plus, blue collar teams in the NFL have traditionally played smash mouth football. They regularly run the ball off tackle and boast stout, aggressive defenses.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NFL Immaculate Reception http://www.theemike.com/day-sports-nfl-immaculate-reception-pittsburgh/ http://www.theemike.com/day-sports-nfl-immaculate-reception-pittsburgh/#respond Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:00:40 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6006 Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls the Immaculate Reception – arguably the greatest play in NFL history. That’s because tomorrow, December 23, will mark 44 years since this legendary heavenly heave inexplicably became one of the most controversial plays in the … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Bowl Dodging Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-bowl-dodging-leonard-fournette-christian-mccaffrey/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-bowl-dodging-leonard-fournette-christian-mccaffrey/#respond Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:14:59 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9600 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday blog explores the latest trend in college sports – bowl dodging. 2016 Heisman hopefuls and projected NFL 1st round draft picks Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford announced that they would be skipping, … Continue reading

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New FREE Sports Comic Book: Annoying Stuff in Sports http://www.theemike.com/new-free-sports-comic-book-annoying-stuff-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/new-free-sports-comic-book-annoying-stuff-sports/#respond Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:17:49 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9596 To celebrate the holidays, I’m now releasing my new FREE sports comic book: Annoying Stuff in Sports. Check out the book’s following introduction and then safely download the PDF by simply clicking HERE. Book Introduction: Sports fans not only like … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Time to Step Up http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-time-step/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-time-step/#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:11:17 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3191 Whether you call it crunch time or gut check time, no explanation is necessary for this cliche.

All sports fans know that at critical junctures, a team needs to step up their game. When there’s a huge championship trophy at stake, players need to rise up to meet the challenge.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NFL Punt Returner Devin “Anytime” Hester http://www.theemike.com/anytime-devin-hester-breaks-nfl-return-record/ http://www.theemike.com/anytime-devin-hester-breaks-nfl-return-record/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:28:54 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5399 With blazing speed, keen vision and an innate talent to juke the drawers off would-be tacklers in the open field, Devin Hester perfectly personifies his nickname - Anytime.

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2 Cent Tuesday: Best of In-Game Entertainment http://www.theemike.com/best-game-entertainment-part/ http://www.theemike.com/best-game-entertainment-part/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8992 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog offers up my list of the top 10 best of in-game entertainment in sports. So, here’s my 2 cents… Feeling the excitement of the action or experiencing the pulsating pressure only steps away from … Continue reading

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The Heisman Trophy: A Brief History http://www.theemike.com/heisman-trophy-2/ http://www.theemike.com/heisman-trophy-2/#respond Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:28:20 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5926 Standing 13.5” tall and weighing in at a hefty 25 lbs., the iconic Heisman Trophy is unquestionably the most prestigious award college sports. The big bronze trophy easily stiff-arms all other potential choices to be the focus of today’s blog. … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Stole Play from Other Team’s Playbook http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-stole-play-team/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-stole-play-team/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:58:05 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3152 Stealing a play out of another team’s playbook helps describe how a team successfully anticipates what its opponent plans to do on the playing field, and then capitalizes on it.

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#TBT Sports Blog: NCAA Football’s Galloping Ghost Red Grange http://www.theemike.com/college-footballs-galloping-ghost-red-grange/ http://www.theemike.com/college-footballs-galloping-ghost-red-grange/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:27:22 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=7943 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 Grange, … Continue reading

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Football’s Instant Replay: A Game Changer in Sports Viewing http://www.theemike.com/r-p-tony-verna-thanks-creating-instant-replay/ http://www.theemike.com/r-p-tony-verna-thanks-creating-instant-replay/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6221 More than 40 years ago this week a significant game changer in sports television viewing occurred. On December 7, 1963, CBS Sports introduced Tony Verna’s instant replay concept during the Army vs. Navy football game at the old Municipal Stadium … Continue reading

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FREE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Football Comics http://www.theemike.com/free-sports-comic-book-football-favorite-cliches/ http://www.theemike.com/free-sports-comic-book-football-favorite-cliches/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:13:56 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5716   For a fun way to kick off the work week safely download my FREE Football Comics book. It’s a collection of 25 clever football comics that bring to life familiar football terms and lampoon old gridiron clichés. A bit … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Coach Had to Burn a Time Out http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-coach-burned-time/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-coach-burned-time/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:23:51 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9532 Today’s Friday Sports Funny lampoons the utterly ridiculous. Imagine watching an NFL game on a Sunday afternoon only to witness New Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin or Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett setting fire to their … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: 2011 Heisman Trophy Winner RGIII http://www.theemike.com/heisman-trophy-remembering-2011-winner-rgiii-baylor/ http://www.theemike.com/heisman-trophy-remembering-2011-winner-rgiii-baylor/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:51:37 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3272 Robert Griffin III utilized an amazing combination of skill, speed and smarts to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy and, less than one year later, become one of the NFL’s brightest new stars.

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2 Cent Tuesday: My Favorite Sights in Sports http://www.theemike.com/grateful-favorite-sights-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/grateful-favorite-sights-sports/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5876 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog highlights the best things I believe sports fans love to see whenever watching a big game. The following is my list of my 20 favorite sights in sports: 20. Lighting the flame in the … Continue reading

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Sports Comic Book: Favorite Sports Quotes http://www.theemike.com/favorite-sports-quotes/ http://www.theemike.com/favorite-sports-quotes/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9429 Favorite Sports Quotes combines 25 of my all-time favorite sports quotes with 25 clever, individual sports comics. Each brief chapter offers a bit of history about the actual quote and the person responsible for it. Laugh when recalling a boxer … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: XOXO is a Football Play! http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-xoxo-play/ http://www.theemike.com/mikes-free-football-comic-book-xoxo-play/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:40:49 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3211 Not all of today’s NCAA and NFL players aced the Wonderlic test or scored perfectly on their SAT’s. Some players with more brawn than brain may struggle in understanding the complexity of these diagrammed plays.

But, this exaggerated XOXO comic can give every football fan a laugh.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boston College’s Doug Flutie http://www.theemike.com/boston-sports-icons-9-boston-colleges-doug-flutie/ http://www.theemike.com/boston-sports-icons-9-boston-colleges-doug-flutie/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6015 The subject of today’s #TBT Sports Blog, Doug Flutie of Boston College, almost never got the chance to prove what he could do on the football field with a pig skin in his hand. Boston College was the only Division … Continue reading

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Sports Comic Book: Favorites Sports Comics 3rd Edition http://www.theemike.com/favorites-sports-comics/ http://www.theemike.com/favorites-sports-comics/#respond Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9416 If you like laughing, you’ll definitely enjoy reading my sports comic book Favorite Sports Comics. I love to laugh, too. Who doesn’t? Plus, I love sports! So, mix sports and laughter, and, wham! You get a home run, a slam … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Keep Politics Out of Sports http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-keep-politics-out-of-sports/ http://www.theemike.com/new-itunes-podcast-keep-politics-out-of-sports/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=6867   Today’s Friday Sports Funny dusts off one of my original 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 responsibility as … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Two Time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-2x-heisman-winner-archie-griffin/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-2x-heisman-winner-archie-griffin/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5919 College football’s only two time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin effortlessly rushes into today’s #TBT sports blog. A former standout for the Ohio State University Buckeyes, Archie Griffin led the Big Ten in rushing for three consecutive seasons. The 1974 … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: My Favorite Sportscasters PTI’s Wilbon & Kornheiser http://www.theemike.com/favorite-sportscasters-ptis-wilbon-kornheiser/ http://www.theemike.com/favorite-sportscasters-ptis-wilbon-kornheiser/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:20:19 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5751 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog declares my favorite sportscasters of all-time: PTI’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. ESPN claims that these sparring sportscasters have made PTI, or Pardon The Interruption, the most successful show of its kind in sports … Continue reading

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Sports Comic Book: Favorite Single Named Athletes 3rd Edition http://www.theemike.com/favorite-single-named-athletes/ http://www.theemike.com/favorite-single-named-athletes/#respond Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9434 My sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes celebrates the top icons in sports who only need one name to be identified. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Gut Check Time http://www.theemike.com/gut-check-time/ http://www.theemike.com/gut-check-time/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=85 Today’s Friday Sports Funny lampoons the old-school sports cliche – Gut Check Time. Every sports fan should be familiar with this old adage which applies to all sports. However, the football related comic in this blog outrageously, depicts the sports … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Olympic Champion & DWTS Favorite Apolo Ohno http://www.theemike.com/apolo-anton-ohno-decorated-american-winter-olympian/ http://www.theemike.com/apolo-anton-ohno-decorated-american-winter-olympian/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=3858 Like so many other Americans, I’m excited that yesterday marked the formal start to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Though my favorite all-time Winter Olympian won't be competing, here’s a look back at the speed skater who became the most decorated American Winter Olympian ever.

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MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Sports Nicknames 3rd Edition http://www.theemike.com/mike-sports-comic-book-favorite-sports-nicknames-3rd-edition/ http://www.theemike.com/mike-sports-comic-book-favorite-sports-nicknames-3rd-edition/#respond Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:37:30 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9422 I’m absolutely crazy about clever nicknames! That’s why I penned Favorite Sports Nicknames. Who isn’t? You see, I grew up with Tiny – ironically the biggest kid in class. I played sports with Frankie “K” – short for his Polish … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy: JayZ, Michelle Obama & Hillary Rodham Clinton http://www.theemike.com/hypocrisy-jayz-michelle-obama-hillary-rodham-clinton/ http://www.theemike.com/hypocrisy-jayz-michelle-obama-hillary-rodham-clinton/#respond Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:47:18 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9440 I realize this is a sports blog. However, my cup of angst has burbled up, spilled over and is compelling me to write this article about JayZ, Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. I want to address a national hypocrisy … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: Ran Into a Buzz Saw http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-ran-buzz-saw/ http://www.theemike.com/friday-sports-funny-ran-buzz-saw/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:33:38 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9410 Today’s Friday Sports Funny lampoons the obvious. My comic brings to life a common, but ridiculously overused sports expression that all of us have been guilty of using. In this comic, the Lions picked the wrong day to face the … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Emancipation of the Chicago Cubs Monkey http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-chicago-cubs-emancipated-monkey/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-chicago-cubs-emancipated-monkey/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:04:22 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9401 Today’s #TBT sports blog celebrates the emancipation of the Chicago Cubs monkey. That’s right. I’m acknowledging that annoying animal cleverly captured in the comic to the left. Every Thursday for the past 108 years he’s clung to the backs of … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween: “Deadly Sports Stuff” Comic Book http://www.theemike.com/happy-halloween-deadly-sports-stuff-comic-book/ http://www.theemike.com/happy-halloween-deadly-sports-stuff-comic-book/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9387 Happy Halloween! To celebrate today’s holiday, I just released my 3rd edition of the sports comic book Deadly Sports Stuff. It’s available for safe downloading on Amazon for just 99 cents. Click HERE. Here’s my intro which to give you … Continue reading

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Friday Sports Funny: NFL Coffin Corner Perfect Comic for Halloween http://www.theemike.com/nfl-halloween-highlight-coffin-corner/ http://www.theemike.com/nfl-halloween-highlight-coffin-corner/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=5664 Today’s Friday Sports Funny – Coffin Corner – is the perfect NFL comic for this coming Halloween Weekend. Wedged between the end zone pylon and the 5 yard line of any football field sits a small area of turf. It’s … Continue reading

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#TBT Sports Blog: Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-chicagos-mr-cub-ernie-banks/ http://www.theemike.com/tbt-sports-blog-chicagos-mr-cub-ernie-banks/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=8878 Today’s #TBT sport blogs remembers Ernie Banks, the greatest player in Chicago Cubs history. Just imagine how excited Banks would be to see his beloved Cubbies return to the World Series after a decades long hiatus and finally play a … Continue reading

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2 Cent Tuesday: Happy to See Wrigley Field in National Spotlight http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-happy-see-wrigley-field-national-spotlight/ http://www.theemike.com/2-cent-tuesday-happy-see-wrigley-field-national-spotlight/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:49:34 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9361 Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog expresses how happy I am that the Chicago Cubs are finally playing a World Series game again at legendary Wrigley Field. The team’s hiatus from the Fall Classic had endured for far too long. … Continue reading

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Halloween Week Kicks Off with FREE Book: Scary Sports Comics http://www.theemike.com/halloween-week-kicks-off-free-book-scary-sports-comics/ http://www.theemike.com/halloween-week-kicks-off-free-book-scary-sports-comics/#respond Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:59:19 +0000 http://www.theemike.com/?p=9355 Allow me to kick off Halloween Week with a cool comic about WWE’s The Undertaker as well as offer a FREE sports comic book. The FREE book, Scary Sports Comics, isn’t intended to scare sports fans. Rather, Volume 5 in … Continue reading

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