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!
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.
Nicknames are especially defining in sports, and there’s certainly no shortage of them.
300+ NCAA Division I and hundreds of Division II and III athletic programs all have their own nickname and mascot.
Clever nicknames and mascots capture the essence of a team and they also personify a school’s history, geography, tradition or playing style or, in this case, its religious affiliation.
The subject of unwritten rules in sports will always stoke the embers of animated discussions among diehard sports fans.
Some fans will immediately laud unwritten rules as time honored traditions that compliment the black and white regulations permanently etched in NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and FIFA rule books.
In addition to steroids, the public display of Adjusting the Fellas must be banished from baseball.
And yes, MLB fans, you know exactly what fellas I’m talking about.
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.
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.
His love of baseball is evident. His enthusiasm for baseball history is infectious. But, his personal collection of autographed baseballs is nothing less than extraordinary and it’s #20 in my book Best About Sports.
Dennis Schrader’s signed baseball collection, once housed in the spare bedroom of his Odessa, FL home, is now internationally recognized.
Schrader’s collection may not include the infamous Boston Red Sox’s Bill Buckner booted ball during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series recently for sale on eBay for a cool $1 million. However, it does comprise the most comprehensive and coveted collection of autographed baseballs on the planet.
Tough athletes play hard and talk just as tough.
My favorite tough talking athletes are legends Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Larry Bird and Babe Ruth.
These iconic athletes used their own smattering of smack to gain a psychological edge over opponents. Their brash babble gave them an athletic advantage over rivals and added to their lore as tough, confident competitors.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine ruled as Major League Baseball’s best team from 1970 – 1976. The Reds captured four National League pennants in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976. They also won back- to-back World Series titles in both 1975 and 1976.
Bob Hertzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer originally used the Big Red Machine nickname in 1969.
Many believed the talented Reds team churned through opponents like a giant combine driving through a wheat field’s crop.