#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

#TBT Sports Blog: Broad Street Bullies’ Bobby Clarke

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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#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: Two-Time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin

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 and … Continue reading

Remembering 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: 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: Boston Sports Icon “Big Papi” David Ortiz

Stepping up to the plate in the #8 spot in my FREE sports comic book Boston Sports Icons is Boston Red Sox “Big Papi” David Ortiz. “Big Papi” is also the feature of today’s #TBT sports blog. The nickname “Papi” … Continue reading