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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

Hurricane Carter

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an […]

In 1914, Boston Braves Wore Hats With Swastikas On Them

Rabbit Maranville

There used to be a time when swastikas were thought to bring good luck: Why were the Boston Braves wearing a swastika on their caps when they opened the 1914 season against the Brooklyn Dodgers? The swastika’s nearly universal association with Nazi Germany was still years away, although a militarist German youth movement adopted it as […]

That’s Just Fancy Mini-Golf


Via the NYT:  In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider Among the unconventional types of golf is an entry-level version in which the holes are 15 inches wide, about four times the width of a standard hole. [...] Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to […]

Secret Service Threatened To Kill Mets Mascot

Mr Met Bill Clinton

One of the men who played the role of Mr. Met, the baseball-headed mascot of the New York Mets, relates that he was once told by a Secret Service Agent that getting close to President Clinton would be a big mistake: John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Met? A Secret Service agent threatened to […]

Braves Set American Flag On Fire At Home Opener


They’re saying it’s an accident but maybe there are still some left over bad feelings from that time William T. Sherman visited the capital of Georgia. You be the judge.

UMass Guard Derrick Gordon, The First Openly Gay Player In Division I Men’s Basketball

Derrick Gordon

Derrick Gordon, a sophomore guard on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, is the first openly gay player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball: Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with […]

Who Has The Best College Basketball Program Of All Time?


In the wake of the twin victories by the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams in their respective NCAA Championship Tournaments, FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik takes a look at the numbers to see which school’s program ranks best over the long term when you factor both the men’s and women’s teams into the equation: […]

UConn Dominates College Basketball . . . Not So Much College Itself


UConn won another national championship. Their graduation rate remains embarrassing.

Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim


Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

NLRB Official Rules Football Players At Northwestern Can Unionize


Are student athletes employees? According to an NLRB hearing officer they are, but that’s hardly the end of the story.

No Fun League To Become Even Less Fun

Goal Post Dunk

The National Football League is apparently set to adopt a rule that would penalize goal post dunks: Not only is the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham redefining the tight end position, but he has also inspired an NFL rule change. According to the league’s vice president of officiating, players will no longer be allowed to […]

NFL To Force Steelers To Do Reality Show?


The Pittsburgh Steelers may end up on an HBO reality show, but nobody on the team seems all too thrilled about it: PITTSBURGH, PA (KDKA) — Fans could get a bit more personal with their hometown Steelers as players could now be forced to be featured on HBO’s show “Hard Knocks.” However, it seems as […]

Dr. Frank Jobe, Originator Of Tommy John Surgery, Dies At 88

John Jobe

Dr. Frank Jobe, who in the mid-1970s came up with a surgical technique that has saved the careers of countless numbers of Major League Baseball pitchers, has died at the age of 88: On a July night in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was sitting in the stands at […]

HaHa Clinton-Dix Tired of Monica Lewinski Jokes


Worst part about being named HaHa Clinton-Dix? ‘The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky’

GOP Lobbyist Drafting Bill To Ban Gays From NFL


Jack Burkman, a K Street lobbyist who has previously served as a Legislative Aide for former Congressman Rick Lazio as well as being a radio host and frequent guest on Fox News Channel, tells The Hill that he wants to ban openly gay players from professional football: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would […]

Dale Hansen on Michael Sam


The non-stop talk on sports radio about Michael Sam’s announcement that he was gay has long since become boring. Despite his being the SEC defensive player of the year, I’d never heard his name before his came out of the proverbial closet (Missou has only been in the SEC two years and, because they’re in […]

Rush Limbaugh: Heterosexuals Under Attack By Homosexuals

Rush Limbaugh

Once again, Rush Limbaugh panders to the most pernicious of the right side of American politics.

Derek Jeter To Retire At End Of 2014 Season


The beginning of the end of an era.

N.F.L. Draft Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out As Gay

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl-Oklahoma State vs Missouri

Michael Sam is gay.It didn’t matter to his University of Missouri teammates. Will it matter to the NFL?

Super Bowl XLVIII Most Watched U.S. Television Broadcast Ever

Super Bowl XLVIII

Continuing a streak that began with Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, Sunday night’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII set another viewership record despite the lopsided result: Final ratings are in for the 2014 Super Bowl — and, contrary to early returns, which saw the game ranking fifth all-time, the NFL season finale ended up being […]

Joe Namath Wins The Super Bowl

Joe Namath

With the Super Bowl at the home of the New York Jets, Joe Namath has been all over the place today, and it seems like he’s back in Broadway Joe mode. Here he is with Phil Simms just before the two of them presided over the coin toss: And, of course, this happened: Forty-five years […]

The Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever

Apple Ad

Apple’s “1984″ Super Bowl commercial ran only once, but it remains in a class by itself.

Captain Picard And Gandalf Get The Super Bowl, Well, Partly Right

Patrick Stewart Ian McKellen

From Patrick Stewart’s Twitter feed. It appears that he and Ian McKellen are in the Super Bowl spirit, albeit not entirely familiar with the game being played:

Mayor Of Sochi: There Are No Gay People In My City


With the upcoming Sochi Olympics being somewhat overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Russia’s ban on so-called “gay propaganda,” the Mayor of Sochi has chimed in to claim that there are no gay people in Sochi: The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city. Anatoly […]

Another Vast Majority Opposes Idea Of Washington Redskins Changing Their Name


A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea of the Washington Redskins changing their team name: Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say the Washington Redskins do not need to change their name, according to a new poll. A full 90 percent of Republicans surveyed by Public Policy […]

Three NFL Cities May Be Impacted By NFL Blackout Rule This Weekend


One of the dumbest rules in sports may mean that people in three cities can’t see their teams play this weekend.

Packers Playoff Game Blacked Out In Green Bay?

Green Bay Packers

As of this moment, there seems to be a possibility that Sunday’s playoff game against San Francisco could be blacked out in Green Bay: GREEN BAY — The prospect of the Green Bay Packers not selling out a home playoff game seems unthinkable. Yet as of late Wednesday afternoon, there were around 7,500 tickets remaining for […]

Second Suicide Bombing In Two Days Hits Southern Russia As Olympics Approach

Russian Terror Attack

We’re just over a month away  from the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the explosion of a second suicide bomb in areas near the location of the games is starting to raise security fears: MOSCOW — A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, […]

FCC To Look At Repealing Sports Broadcast Rules

Television Sports Remote

The FCC is looking at re-examination of its sports broadcast rules. The NFL and other sports leagues should do the same thing.

Obama Sends Message with Sochi Delegation


The U.S. delegation to Russia’s Sochi Olympics will feature no high profile politicians and several openly gay athletes.

Nick Saban Signs New $7 Million Contract at Alabama


Weeks of speculation that Texas would fire Mack Brown and hire Nack Saban were put to an end yesterday evening.

Obama’s America Iron Bowl Cartoon Controversy


Irony is officially dead.

Seahawks Fans Register As Earthquake


The noise from Seattle’s CenturyLynk Field during Monday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints was so loud it registered on seismographs: (CNN) – There’s no need to tell football fans in Seattle to take it up a notch. They’re doing just fine, thank you. After setting a Guinness World Record for noise […]

Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th NASCAR Championship


Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have company.

Doping Scandal Hits The Sport Of…… Pigeon Racing??

Pigeon Racing

Performance enhancing drugs have, bizarrely, found their way into the world of competitive pigeon racing: They no doubt would plead ignorance. Or blame their coaches. Or say they were victims of jealous rivals who spiked their water bottles with banned substances, or claim that the liquid they had been squirting under their tongues was only […]

Penn State Settles Sandusky Related Claims For Nearly $60 Million


Penn State University has settled more than two dozen claims arising out of the abuse committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky: Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university, […]

Roger Goodell Wants NFL Expansion To Los Angeles And London


Roger Goodell wants to see the NFL expand to Los Angeles and London. One city seems like an obvious choice, the other not so much.

Steve Young To Earn More Than $1,000,000 Per Year Through 2027 On Old USFL Contract

Steve Young USFL

All the way back in 1984, Steve Young signed a contract with the Los Angeles Express of the long-defunct United States Football League that is about to start paying off for him quite handsomely: Thanks to a forward-thinking contract Young signed with the upstart USFL, the Hall of Fame quarterback will be getting paid through 2027. […]

Brett Favre Turns Down Rams Effort To Recruit Him

Brett Favre

It’s been three years since Brett Favre last played for an NFL franchise after having retired and unretired more than a few times in previous years. That didn’t stop the St. Louis Rams from reaching out to him this week after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending injury: The St. Louis Rams did turn to an out-of-work […]

Sorry State of Affairs at Grambling State


The iconic football program built by the legendary Eddie Robinson, is now a sad disgrace.

Bum Phillips Dead at 90


Bum Phillips, former head coach of the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints, has died aged 90.

Bill Russell Arrested For Having Loaded Gun in Luggage


NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested earlier this week for having a loaded .38 in his luggage.

Identity, Ancestry, Symbols, and Sports


And while on the topic of identity, as well as on the topic of identity and symbols, I give you the following from the National Congress of American Indians for consideration (source):

NFL Games For Deployed Troops To Be Restored


In the immediate wake of the shutdown last week, the Defense Department had announced cutbacks at its Armed Forces Network that, among other things, meant that deployed troops would not be able to see NFL games on the weekends despite the fact that the NFL makes them available for free. Now, due in large part […]

Alex Rodriguez Sues Major League Baseball

Alex Rodriguez

In the midst of an appeal hearing over a suspension that would keep him out of baseball for all of next season and then some, Alex Rodriquez is pushing back: Faced with baseball’s longest doping suspension, Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball late Thursday, accusing it of buying the cooperation of Anthony Bosch, the head […]

Service Academies Likely To Play Football After All


It looks like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard academies will be playing football on Saturday after all: The Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval from the Secretary of Defense on Wednesday, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Naval Academy public information officer Commander John Schofield confirmed Wednesday night that […]

NFL Games for Deployed Troops Stopped During Shutdown


The NFL donates its game broadcasts to troops deployed in harm’s way but they still won’t get to see them during the shutdown.

Army, Navy, Air Force Football Fall Victim To The Shutdown


The latest victim of the shutdown is this week’s football games involving all three of the nation’s service academies: The Defense Department has canceled intercollegiate sports at its three service academies during the government shutdown, according to an announcement Tuesday. The Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy are suspending their […]

Lane Kiffin Fired – Who Will Hire Him Next?


The Miley Cyrus of college football will be back too soon.

New York Yankees Bid Farewell To A Legend

Mariano Rivera

Exit, Sandman

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