37 Years Ago Today: 1980 USA Olympic Hockey’s Miracle on Ice

On this day 37 years ago – February 22, 1980 – hockey’s Miracle on Ice happened. It marked a national day of pride in America. The 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team birthed a miracle in the highly competitive arena of … 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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MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Sports Nicknames 2nd Edition

It’s back! My popular sports comic book – Favorite Sports Nicknames – is now available in its updated, second printing on Amazon. Click on the yellow cover above to safely download the book from Amazon. Here’s the book’s intro… I’m … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: The Late NFL Minister of Defense

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the late Reggie White, an ordained pastor and Hall of Fame lineman, who brilliantly embodied his Minister of Defense nickname. During a storied 15-year NFL career, this imposing defensive lineman known as the Minister of … Continue reading

The Heckler: Irritating or Entertaining Sports Fan?

Because I enjoy his antics, this big mouthed sports fan is an easy choice for my weekly post on the Sports Then and Now web site. I am also sharing it on my blog for sports fans to enjoy. This … Continue reading

#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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New MIKE on Sports Podcast on Trash Talk

Tough athletes play hard and talk just as tough.

My favorite tough talking athletes are legends Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Larry Bird and Babe Ruth.

These iconic athletes used their own smattering of smack to gain a psychological edge over opponents. Their brash babble gave them an athletic advantage over rivals and added to their lore as tough, confident competitors.

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Bigger is NOT Always Better in Sports

Best About Sports is another book I penned entirely about undersized athletes. The book allows me to refute a common misconception that “bigger is always better.”

It’s not always true – especially in sports. That’s why I wrote the book specifically touting my all-time favorite Undersized Athletes.

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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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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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