#TBT Sports Blog: Ozzie Smith or MLB’s Wizard of Oz

Today’s #TBT sports blog features one of my favorite MLB players ever – former St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie Smith or The Wizard of Oz. If Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow were baseball fans, they’d be off to … Continue reading

#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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#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Montenegro’s The Genius

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.

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#TBT FIFA Sports Blog: Brazil’s Pele

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.

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#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Brazil’s Joy of the People

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.

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#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Diego Maradona’s 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: Boston Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski

Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back on Carl Yastrzemski – one of the top 10 Major League Baseball players ever. He was simply known as Yaz. He’s also #7 in my FREE sports comic book Boston Sports Icons. Yaz proved … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: University of Michigan’s Fab 5

Today’s #TBT Fab 5 sports blog recalls one of the best freshmen classes in the history of NCAA college basketball. Their Fab 5 nickname sounded more like the popular Beatles band from the 1960s. Instead, the catchy moniker heralded the … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Boston College’s Doug Flutie

The subject of today’s #TBT Sports Blog, Doug Flutie of Boston College, almost never got the chance to prove what he could do on the football field with a pig skin in his hand. Boston College was the only Division … Continue reading

Happy Halloween: “Deadly Sports Stuff” Comic Book

Happy Halloween! To celebrate today’s holiday, I just released my 3rd edition of the sports comic book Deadly Sports Stuff. It’s available for safe downloading on Amazon for just 99 cents. Click HERE. Here’s my intro. It should give you … Continue reading