The Greatest Sports Deal

March 7, 2021

Turning personal frustration into a financial bonanza was the last thing Ozzie and Daniel Silna expected. But that’s exactly what happened to the owners of the Spirits of St. Louis basketball team when they were shut out from the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. Forced to accept a dissolution fee for their franchise,

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February 28, 2021
Ian Eagle on 25 Years of Sports Broadcasting

With over a quarter century of calling games on TV and radio, Ian Eagle is one of the most familiar figures in sports …

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February 21, 2021
Germany Nazifies Automotive Racing

In 1931, German race car champion Rudi Caracciola was asked to deliver a custom-built vehicle to a special …

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February 14, 2021
A Ski Museum with Something for Everyone

No, it’s not a winter circus show. ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ is an engaging weather exhibit at the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, …

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February 7, 2021
The Great Escape

On the morning of March 29, 1984, the city of Baltimore woke up to the news that its professional football team was …

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January 31, 2021
The Woman Behind the Trophy

Margaret Court hoisted it 11 times, Serena Williams lifted it 7 times, and Naomi Osaka displayed it proudly in a beautiful ocean …

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January 24, 2021
Sumo Takes Off in America

If you never heard of the US Sumo Open then you’re not alone. But last Fall, the 1,500-year-old Japanese sport, longest …

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January 17, 2021
Voices in Blue and White

How much reverence can professional hockey players and veterans have for their team, which hasn’t won a Stanley Cup championship since …

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January 9, 2021
Two Brothers and the Battle for Athletic Footwear

Three generations ago, German brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler parted ways in a bitter sibling …

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10 years ago

FOOTBALL February 6, 2011  The Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, launched 3 touchdowns and completed 24 of 39 passes to win the game MVP. His counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger, hurled 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, one of which resulted in a 37-yard running score against Pittsburgh. It was the 4th SB victory for Green Bay, the NFL’s first champions dating back to the 1966 season.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL February 11, 2001  The NBA holds its 50th All-Star game at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. Allen Iverson picked up the MVP after rallying the Eastern Conference to defeat the West in a narrow 111-110 game. Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors) and Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) topped the highest number of selection votes from the East, while Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) were most popular in the West.

30 years ago

BASEBALL February 4, 1991  The Board of Directors at the Baseball Hall of Fame votes 12-0 to bar Pete Rose from being inducted. Due to his past gambling activities around the game, both as player and manager, Rose continues to be kept out of the prestigious institution. Playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-1989, Rose was a 17x All-Star and 3x World Series champion. In his playing career he batted .303, hit 4,256, and had RBI of 1,413.

40 years ago

MOTOR SPORTS February 15, 1981  Rich Petty wins the 23rd annual running of the Daytona 500. Rounding the 200-lap chase in just under 2 hours and 57 minutes, Petty beat Bobby Allison by 3½ seconds and brought out Buick’s first NASCAR win since 1956. It was the 7th and last Daytona 500 victory for the North Carolina native who still holds the record for most wins at the famed track. Petty is tied with Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt for the NASCAR series (7x).