#TBT Sports Blog: NFL Hall of Fame RB Jerome “The Bus” Bettis

Today’s #TBT sports blog highlights the career of former Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. The legendary running back deservedly got inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH in 2015. Here’s a chapter excerpt from one … Continue reading

#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: Fanny Blankers-Koen “The Flying Housewife”

Chances are pretty good that you’ve never heard of my #9 choice in this book on Olympic Favorites. However, after reading about how she dominated international women’s track and field events a generation ago, you’ll more than likely never forget … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: 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: Mr. October Reggie Jackson

It’s only fitting that Major League Baseball’s Mr. October Reggie Jackson leads off today’s #TBT sports blog. This Baseball Hall of Fame slugger wore the colorful uniform of the Oakland A’s and the traditional pinstripes of the New York Yankees. … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Racing Weenies at Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park

In-game entertainment varies by sport and venue.

However, all sports fans can agree that in-game entertainers can be especially creative to support the home team.

These entertainers range from perky cheerleaders to talented jugglers. They include dancers, twirlers and tuba players.

From Frisbee catching dogs on a baseball field to dunking gorillas on a basketball court, in-game entertainment absolutely enriches the sports fans’ experience at the park, stadium or arena.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Australian Olympic Swimmer Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Australian sports icon Ian Thorpe. This Olympic swimmer’s powerful speed in the pool gave rise to his brilliant nickname. Known simply as The Thorpedo, Ian Thorpe ranks as one of the greatest swimmers of all … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: FIFA’s George Best

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.

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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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