McGwire apologizes to La Russa, Selig
Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998, but he also said he didn’t need performance-enhancing drugs to hit the long ball. Read More ESPN.com
Mark McGwire steroids confession: Will it be enough?
The long-suspected Mark McGwire steroids confession came Monday in an attempt to clear the air before he becomes the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach next season. The confession seemed cathartic for the introverted former slugger, but questions remain. Read More The Christian Science Monitor
McGwire’s admission leaves Maris family ‘disappointed’
Mark McGwire’s admission Monday that he used steroids during his career, including the 1998 season when he broke the all-time single-season home run record held by the late Roger Maris, “disappointed” the Maris family. Read more The Gainesville Sun
World Watches Nancy Kerrigan Attack in Disbelief
On January 6, 1994, Nancy Kerrigan had just completed a practice session in Cobo Hall in Detroit. She was preparing for the U.S. Women’s National Figure Skating Championship which was going to be held there, the following day.
As she was leaving the ice, an unidentified man struck her on the back of the knee with a club like object, causing her to fall to the floor, writhing in pain. As paramedics were getting her ready to be taken away in the ambulance, Kerrigan gave out her iconic wail, Why? Why? Why?
Kerrigan’s arch rival, Tonya Harding, won the competition (without Kerrigan of course), earning a position on the Olympic team. Even though she had not been able to compete in Detroit, on January 8, Kerrigan was given the second position on the team
On January 9, while the world was pondering who could have done such a thing, Jere Longman wrote in the New York Times,
This was only Act 1 of a great unfolding soap opera. Harding the talented but troubled champion, versus Kerrigan, America’s darling, the victim of a chilling assault. Muscular power versus swan-like grace. Harding has more technical skills, Kerrigan has elegance and the sympathy of an entire country. Everything about them is being compared, their hair, their costumes, their figures, their make up. One usually has to see a John Waters Movie to witness this sort of high camp.
Five Days Later the Soap Opera Takes a Wild Turn
The high camp soap opera took a bizarre turn on January 11, when The Oregonian reported that the FBI was investigating an allegation that the attack had been orchestrated by Harding’s body guard Shawn Eckardt, her ex-husband, Jeff Gilhooly; and a friend, Shane Stant.
The following day Eckardt confessed and implicated Gilhooly, Stant, and another friend, Derrick Smith. He also named Harding as a co-conspirator.
Tonya Insists She’s Innocent
On January 18, Harding met with investigators for ten hours. Her story, which she repeated at a nationally televised press conference on January 27, was that she only learned that her ex-husband and body guard were involved, after the attack. At the press conference Harding said. “Within the next few days, I learned that some persons that were close to me may have been involved. My first reaction was one of disbelief, and the disbelief was followed by shock and fear. Although my lawyers tell me that my failure to immediately report this information is not a crime, I know I’ve let you down, but I have also let myself down. I have devoted my entire life to one objective, winning an Olympic gold metal for my country.”
Both Girls Go to the Olympics
On February 5, the U.S. Figure Skating Association met, in order to decide what to do about Harding. Five days later Harding sued the U.S. Olympic committee in an effort to stop them from conducting a hearing to determine whether or not she should be allowed to compete in the Olympics. She dropped the suit two later after the committee agreed to cancel the hearing. Tonya Harding was given the green light to go to the Olympics in Lillehammer.
She placed 8th in the competition, but in typical Tanyaesque fashion, her Olympic performance will long be remembered almost entirely for the drama involving the laces on her skates. She was almost disqualified for not appearing on the ice in a timely fashion, and her skating was interrupted for an “equipment mishap”. The Judges generously allowed her to return to the ice and she managed to skate well enough to rank among the top third of all the competitors.
Meanwhile, Kerrigan recovered and was also able compete at the Olympics. On February 25 she won the silver medal (in a close and controversial competition with gold medal winner Oksana Baiul). Sadly Kerrigan is known much more today for her anguished cries after the brutal attack, than for winning Olympic bronze (Albertville, 1992) and silver medals.
The Melodrama did not quite end at the Olympics in Lillehammer. On March 16 in Portland, Harding plead guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. She was put on probation for three years and was fined $160,000. She also agreed to resign from the U.S. Figure Skating Association
Maverick’s coach Don Nelson came up with a brilliant strategy for beating the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls. Instead of focusing on the great Jordan, he trained his sights on another player Bulls named Dennis Rodman. Rodman was a great rebounder and defender, but he was not what you would call, a pure shooter. Dennis was a career .584 from the foul line. So Nelson decided to see what would happen if the Mavericks fouled him, every time the Bulls had possesion. He tapped rookie Bubba Wells as the guy to execute his strategy.
So Wells did as he was told and within three minutes of playing time (That’s three “basketball minutes”, as you can see in the video, with all the fouls it actually took almost ten minutes.), Wells had fouled out, and in doing so, set an NBA record (which he still holds) for having fouled out in less time than any other player in NBA history.
As it turns out, Nelson’s plan failed. Although Rodman shot a miserable 1-7 from the field, he was 9-12 from the foul line, a career best. He Also grabbed twenty-seven rebounds and handed off eight assists, just missing a triple double.
You might like The Ice Bowl better, or maybe you prefer The Epic in Miami, or perhaps your favorite NFL game was The Immaculate Reception. That’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion. However, Sports Illustrated, The Football Hall of Fame, NFL Films, ESPN, and Bleacher Report; all agree that the game which has now been branded The Greatest Game Ever Played, was the NFL championship played on December 28, 1958.
..a roll call of NFL royalty. Johnny Unitas. Raymond Berry. Alan “The Horse” Ameche. Sam Huff. Frank Gifford. More than a dozen Pro Football Hall of Famers in all. Steve Myhra? He’s not in Canton, but his kicking shoe is. Myhra was a second-year pro from the University of North Dakota on the 1958 Colts, a two-way reserve at guard and linebacker. And, in an era before kicking specialists, he was also the kicker for PATs and short-range field goals.
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Professional football was on the rise in the 1950s and reached a crescendo during the latter part of the decade. Much of the popularity can be traced to a single game – the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. The game played at Yankee Stadium in New York attracted a national television audience and became known in football lore as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” More importantly, the game captured the collective attention of the nation and as a result, pro football exploded across the country in the following years. By the mid-1960s, professional football became the nation’s favorite sport to watch and has remained on top ever since. From Pro Football Hall of Fame, read more
Never has there been a game like this one. When there are so many high points, it is not easy to pick the highest. But for the 60,000 and more fans who packed Yankee Stadium last Sunday for the third week in a row, the moment they will never forget—the moment with which they will eternally bore their grandchildren—came when, with less than 10 seconds to play and the clock remorselessly moving, the Baltimore Colts kicked a field goal which put the professional football championship in a 17-17 tie and necessitated a historic sudden-death overtime period. From Sports Illustrated Vault, read more
Above, Ernie Grunfeld, Tennessee Vols All American
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Temple Owls played lowest scoring basketball game since the elimination of the center tip. (Before the 1938 season they had a jump ball after every shot that was made.)
In the final game of the Tennessee Classic, on Decembere 15, 1973, the Vols topped the Owls 11-6.
With 11:44 minutes into the contest with Tennessee leading 7-5, Casey made his move. He placed two of his best players about 28 feet from the goal and positioned them five feet apart. They began dribbling the ball and passing it back and forth with no attempt to throw it to anyone else or attempt to score. Ray Mears, not to be outdone by his rival, instructed his players to go to a 2-3 zone defense and stay there. Read more Bob Cox’s yesteryear.
As Temple futilely tried to get Tennessee out of a zone defense, nothing happened. The Owls held the ball, passing it around for more than 11 1/2 minutes of the first half. Tennessee retaliated by stalling for the first three minutes of the second half. Then the Owls regained possession, trailing by three points – 8-5 – and stalled for 14 more minutes. Read more Philly.com