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
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.Continue reading
Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers an old sports cliché about a team “knocking at the door.” For me, this old adage has always screamed for further interpretation. It’s confusing, don’t you think?. Not even the most knowledgeable fan can fully … Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Way back in 1906, a heckling fan at an amateur baseball game in Anderson, SC coined the nickname Shoeless. It happened as Joe Jackson ran to third base while only wearing his socks.
Joe Jackson’s Shoeless nickname is not the only thing for which this 12-year Major League Baseball star is immediately and infamously remembered.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
With a nickname like The Genius, you’d expect to find this former FIFA midfielder leaning over library books or toying with boiling beacons in a university laboratory.
The origin of this brilliant player’s nickname came from his spectacular play on the soccer pitch in Serbia and Montenegro as well as throughout Europe.
Few American sports fans may know Montenegro’s Dejan Savicevic.
But, all European football (soccer) fans, and especially those in northern Italy, carry vivid memories of this fantastic midfielder.Continue reading
With the 2014 World Cup winding down in Brazil, it’s only fitting that today’s #TBT FIFA sports blog remembers Pele – universally considered soccer’s greatest player ever.
Here’s a chapter excerpt from my Favorite Single Named Athletes sports comic book that acknowledges the incomparable Pele.
…..Mention the name Edson Arantes de Nascimento and only staunch soccer fans will recognize it.
However, say the simple name Pele, and nearly everyone on the planet, whether soccer fan or not, will immediately recognize this extraordinary Brazilian.Continue reading
Today’s Throw Back Thursday or TBT FIFA sports blog focuses on Manuel Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most decorated soccer heroes and a two-time World Cup champion.
My TBT post is an excerpt from my book FIFA Favorites…….
……These words are written on the tombstone of our next nicknamed athlete. “Here rests in peace one who was the Joy of the People.”
Sadly, Manuel Garrincha passed away as a mystery. He was a brilliant footballer, beloved by Brazilians, yet he died as a poor alcoholic.Continue reading
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!Continue reading