#TBT Sports Blog: Major League Baseball’s Shoeless Joe Jackson

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.

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Friday Sports Funny: Baseball’s Pinch Hitter

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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Friday Sports Funny: Ran into a Buzz Saw

In this scary comic, it appears as if the Lions team picked the wrong day to face the Gators.

However, this frightening figurative comic paints a perfect word picture for teams who are not properly prepared to play.

If a team is not ready for its opponent or lets down its guard defensively, the scenario of running into a buzz saw could easily happen in any football game at any level – high school, NCAA or NFL.

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#TBT Sports Blog: MLB & NFL Great Bo Jackson

A 1985 Heisman trophy winner, Bo Jackson didn’t just dominate on the football field for the Auburn University Tigers. He also excelled at two other sports: baseball and track.

Jackson was the number one overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Because the Bucs inappropriately contacted Jackson outside NCAA rules, the running back became ineligible for baseball during his senior season at Auburn in 1986. As a result, Jackson chose not to sign with Tampa Bay and agreed instead to play professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals.

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FREE Book Worst About Sports: Philadelphia Sports

Philadelphia has routinely furnished the sports media world with front page fodder. Historically, the city’s fans and professional teams have been deemed by many as the worst in sports.

It’s only fitting that Philadelphia sports finds its rightful place in a book titled Worst About Sports.

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#TBT Sports Blog: MLB’s Big Red Machine

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.

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An Old Sports Cliche: The Roof Caved In

Here’s an unnerving comic!

Frightened hockey players flee for their safety while incredulous fans helplessly look on from the stands. The roof is caving in.

It’s a scary scene that could metaphorically happen in any NHL game or any NFL, NBA, MLB or FIFA event for that matter.

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Best About Sports: In-Game Entertainment

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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A Pitching Duel in Baseball

Webster’s Dictionary defines a duel as “prearranged combat between two willing participants with weapons according to an accepted code of conduct.”

The baseball cliché “pitching duel” is perfectly brought to life in the sports comic featured above.

In this scenario, a pitcher’s duel is “prearranged combat” during a hotly contested Major League Baseball game.

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