Remembering Diego Maradona and His Hand of God Goal

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.

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#TBT Sports Blog: ESPN’s Chris Berman

You don’t need to be a swami to predict this ESPN legend’s inclusion in my new sports comic book Favorite Sportscasters.

Check out this excerpt about one of my top talking heads in sports.

My choice for the #6 spot is arguably one of sports media’s most respected and decorated television broadcasters.

Synonymous with the ESPN brand, Chris Berman started with the then fledgling network way “back…back…back” in 1979.

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#TBT Sports Blog: The Old Boston Garden

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

#TBT Sports Blog: Olympic Weightlifter Pocket Hercules

Today’s #TBT sports blog is a chapter excerpt from one of my sports comic books. It focuses on a tiny Olympic weightlifter who could effortlessly throw weights around in the gym.

Half of this clever nickname comes from Hercules, son of the Greek mythological god Zeus, who was known for his feats of strength.

The other half of this nickname comes from the tiny size of this amazing Olympic and World Weightlifting Champion.

Pocket Hercules showed uncommon strength for a person of his short stature. In addition, his interesting personal life story makes him one of the sports world’s all-time best personalities.

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#TBT Sports Blog: FIFA’s George Best

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the greatest band of all time along with one of FIFA’s most amazing, yet troubled players.

2014 celebrates 50 years since the iconic boy band The Beatles first appeared in America on the Ed Sullivan Show.

It was also 50 years ago that Northern Ireland’s George Best became known as the Fifth Beatle.

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(Satire) How a Sports Fan Goes Green to Celebrate Earth Day

(Satire) It’s Earth Day today.

To celebrate, I’m going green.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a left leaning, hybrid driving, granola crunching, tree hugging environmentalist. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I’m going green the way a true sports fan should go green.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Jamaican Bobsled Team

It may not be podium favorite in Sochi, but the Jamaican Bobsled Team is certainly crowd a pleaser.

Led by pilot Winston Watts, the Jamaican Team returns to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia after failing to qualify in 2006 in Torino, Italy and in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

In spite of losing their luggage in route to Sochi, the Jamaicans maintained their generally upbeat attitudes. They received their runners (blades for sleds), helmets, sliding suits and shoes yesterday and immediately took to the Sanki Sliding Center for practice runs.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Boston Bruins’ Bobby Orr

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Bobby Orr, the Boston Bruins’ most celebrated hockey player ever. In 1964 the Boston Bruins boldly gambled when signing a fresh freckle-faced 14 year-old from Parry Sound, Ontario. The Bruins’ pick is my #5 choice … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Former NHL MVP Super Mario Lemieux

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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Football’s Instant Replay: A Game Changer in Sports Viewing

More than 40 years ago this month 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