Whitey Ford Never Started an "Ultimate" Game: Surprised?
Tonight's the night for Stephen Strasburg: The most hyped prospect in baseball history will make his first start for the Washington Nationals, and fans are eager to see if the can't-miss kid lives up to expectations for a struggling franchise.
The greatest 45 minutes in sports: On May 25, 1935, Ohio State's Jesse Owens set four world records in 45 minutes. The feat was so respected that the Univ. of Michigan still honors the achievement at its track.
Nolan Ryan's Crusade: When Nolan Ryan says pitchers can throw more, he speaks from experience: In 1989, at age 42, he threw 166 pitches for Texas in a loss to the Royals. It's the second-highest total by a nonknuckleballer since STATS LLC began tracking pitches in 1988.
Greatest Grudge Game Ever: November 9, 1912 - Collum Field, West Point, N.Y.
The sky was ugly. The temperature hovered around freezing all day, and black angry clouds were swirling over the Hudson River, threatening at any minute to drop a torrent of sleet on the crowd that had gathered to watch the greatest grudge game in football history.
Yanks Error Free for MLB record 18 straight games: Breaking the record set by some team in Boston...New York has handled 651 total chances in 165 1/3 innings of play, recording 496 putouts and completing 162 assists with 13 double plays. The Yankees are 14-4 during the 18-game errorless streak.
USC's John David Rips Booty in 93rd Rose Bowl: And in the process, dispels a popular notion that Michigan may have been the #1 team in the land.
The 2006 Dave Kingman Award: Awarded annually to "the player doing the least with the most".
The Biggest Mouth In Sports: Part John Madden, part Rush Limbaugh, but a man who has made a life out of speaking his truth, no matter how it is received.
The first black player to be depicted on a baseball card?: 90 years ago, a B.C. ballplayers passed as a native to debut with the Oakland Oaks.
40th Annual Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff: Ok, it's not a sport, but it is definitely competitive, fraught with controversy, and always a lot of fun. Interesting note: the only winner not from the USA in years past was a Canadien in 1995.
Long Live The King: After 60 years of tournament golf, Arnold Palmer hangs up his spikes. "Palmer said he finished the round because he owed it to his fans, a trait that followed Palmer throughout his Hall of Fame career."
The New Monsters Of The Midway: Even Da Fan is impressed. And, Revenge Is Sweet for some teams and their players. Also, some of this years rookies finally had breakout games. It's shaping up to be a great season, lets talk some football!
Hoffman breaks Lee Smith's All-Time saves mark: He surpassed Bruce Sutter's save total long ago, and Bruce was inducted into the HOF this year. Yet, Lee Smith has not been voted in. What are Hoffman's chances?
America's Ryder Cup team in unfamiliar position as underdogs.: John Hawkins offers 10 reasons why the U.S. team, although weaker on paper than usual, may surprise this week. Did the Irish tabloids tug on Superman's cape?
With 45/40, Alfonso Soriano is in elite company, but can he do it again?: This writer seems to think not.
#1 vs #2 : Rematch of last years 25-22 thriller won by Texas, but Texas has replaced Vince Young with redshirt freshman Colt McCoy, while Ohio State counters with fifth year senior Troy Smith, who is a good 'un. Should be a barn burner.
Oakland putting usual second half Big Hurt on opposition: Despite injuries, and with the help of a resurgent Frank Thomas, The A's are putting on their accustomed second half surge. Their post All Star game performance since 2000 is best in MLB and uncanny. Best team no one is talking about?
The Mick's 10 biggest taters: Did anyone hit 'em as far as Mantle? Will anyone?
Are the dog days of August taking their toll?: Several rookie pitching standouts are wilting a bit, and some teams are attempting to circumvent overworking their young arms. This years crop of rookies is the best in a long while, I believe. Where does Florida find 'em?
Michael Young, best SS in the majors?: Jeter and Tejada get more ink, but Young has at least as much respect among his peers. Plus, he's a 'good guy'. Opinions?