Congrats to jbou for defeating moi in the spofi basketball league.: We were tied heading into the final day. Good job!
When Frank Williams loses his wallet he replaces his ID with a baseball card.: "He began life as an orphan abandoned in Seattle, grew up in foster homes and made it all the way to the top of professional baseball. And then it all disappeared in a bad marriage, alcoholism and a horrific car crash."
The Last Go Round: "I think we’re lucky as Pirates fans that we got to witness that Bonds, up close and personal for more than six years, three of them coming with him at the height of his prowess. And while it would have been nice if he’d stuck around a little longer, we’ll never have to live with the legacy of doubt that surrounded him in his later years."
The Saturday game: precursors modern day poker nights. An excellent story about a group of guys that started meetnig up on Saturdays in 1971 to play hoops.
Mike Royko: (a legendary columnist) reminisces about his life, his father's bar and his favorite sport --16-inch softball -- in this never before seen film from his favorite saloon, The Billy Goat Tavern. (via Coudal)
The ABA: has started a new season with 48 teams (full list). The rules are a bit odd. This is the first year for many teams, as a huge expansion has brought "professional" basketball to some smaller markets like Rochester and Chattanooga. One city has a brother/sister combo.
Fire Joe Morgan: Censuring Sports Commentary Since 1931.
No Adidas.: Arkansas State's leading returning scorer, Jerry Nichols, is sitting out because he refuses to wear Adidas shoes, which Indians players are obligated to wear because of a school contract. Nichols was wearing Adidas shoes when he suffered a knee injury in 2001 while playing for Walters State Community College.
Those crazy Red Sox fans.: Apparently, there is an association between rising pennant fever and declining hospital visits
Stat-a-holic?: How about a fantasy league based off of just these stats?
Worthless Baseball Card Collection: "In 1988, the Baltimore Orioles were forced to revert to traditional uniform pants when the button on Floyd Rayford's elastic waist band rocketed into the crowd and injured three fans."
And yes terrapin, they have baseball cards.
"Give me a list!": said Juan Rincon, the newest MLB player to be suspended due to stricter drug policies. Rincon wants a list of banned substances posted in the club house so he and other players know what they can and cannot use. Apparently, there is a list of banned substances. It was given to players during spring training. Apparently, none of them thought enough of it to bring it north and post it in the clubhouse.
The Almost Palpable Presence of the Past: Baseball Memory and Nostalgia at the End of the Century.
Drunk Sharks fan's penis shot.: "He pulled the trigger, but it was jammed," said Nayagar. "It was too late because the policeman returned the fire and the bullet penetrated his penis and came out of his buttocks."
Sure, Ruben Sierra might have a crush on Steinbrenner,: but there's many other deals to report from the weekend in baseball. Bobby Bonilla, I mean Carlos Beltran is on his way to the Mets for seven years, $119 million. Shawn Green is moving to Arizona after agreeing to a three year, $32 million contract. In return, the Dodgers get including catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitcher William Juarez, plus some minor leaguers. This paves the way for LA to sign Derek Lowe, whos thinks he is taking his high ERA and arm in for a physical. (more inside)
And we thought the Mailman delivered?: The link shows Dikembe Mutombo's rap sheet. Highlights include knocking Antoine Carr senseless and getting shots in at four Knicks in one night. Mutombo is not exactly a menace, but I wouldn't want to meet those elbows in a dark alley. Just ask Lebron.
Blog For Sports: exposes the sports memorabilia underworld of fake autographs. A must see if you plan on spending your hard earned cash for anything autographed.
She can play, but can she coach?: Ashley McElhiney, 22, and an ex-point gaurd from Vanderbilt, will be the first woman head coach of a men's professional basketball team.
Sure, you have the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry, but what about the Dodgers/Giants rivalry, which began in the 1880s. After this past weekend, Dodgers have a one game advantage: 969 to 968. This rivalry has inspired not one, but two books, and a chess set. From Bobby Thomson's famous "Shot heard 'round the world" to bar fights, player fights, and the modern day murder mystery, this rivalry has seen the good (depending on who you are rooting for), the bad and ugly.