Colombian Soccer & The Drug Lords

July 21, 2019

In the 1980’s and 1990's, Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence that captured worldwide headlines, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived and even enjoyed a golden era. The unlikely catalyst for this phenomenon was the laundering of drug money that built soccer fields and paid top dollars for players and coaches.

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July 14, 2019
The 1st African-American Sports Champ, A Cyclist

Before there was Jack Johnson in the boxing ring, or Jesse Owens on the running track, there was Major Taylor on the bicycle. Predating 20th century’s most accomplished black athletes …

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July 7, 2019
Strawberries & Cream...and Debentures

Even the name screams of history and tradition: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC). Every year, this private institution serves up the best in competitive …

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June 30, 2019
“The Last Miracle I Did Was The 1969 Mets”

In the 1977 comedy film ‘Oh, God!’, actor George Burns quipped “The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets”. Fifty years ago, the hapless New York Mets who had never finished higher …

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June 23, 2019
Pebble Beach At 100, A Real Estate Play As Much As A Golf Playground

The majestic public golf course that hugs the California coastline and costs $525 a round is celebrating its 100th year this summer. …

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June 16, 2019
Under The Radar, One Of College Sports' Greatest Rivalries

One of the most storied rivalries in college sports is housed in a 30-mile stretch inside the state of Maryland, pitting an elite private school against a major state university. …

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June 9, 2019
Title IX Reflections For The Women's World Cup

The excitement is palpable and the anticipation is real! As the United States prepares to cheer on Team USA against Thailand June 11 at the Women’s World Cup, …

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June 2, 2019
The Deadliest Race On The Planet

In the world of motorsport racing, pushing the boundaries of speed and chance means edging closer to death. Nobody knows that better than the daredevil …

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May 19, 2019
Playing The First French Open During A Revolution

In the late 1960s, the Western world was a boiling political mess, filled with dissent, assassinations, and protests in the streets. Tennis politics were also undergoing colossal changes. Since the late 19th century, …

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THIS WEEK

10 years ago

BOXING  July 11, 2009  Boxer Arturo Gatti is found dead at his hotel while vacationing in Brazil with his wife. She is initially charged with homicide, but then released for lack of evidence. However, a 2nd autopsy performed later in Canada where the Italian-born pugilist was living, determined he died by strangulation. Gatti was a world champion in 2 lightweight classes, retiring in 2007 with a 40-9 record.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL  July 18, 1999  Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson marries long-time girlfriend, Rhonda Rookmaaker, in the Florida Keys; he has two sons from a previous marriage. The illustrious football figure started coaching college in 1965 before moving to the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1989) and Miami Dolphins (1996). He won two consecutive Super Bowls with the former (XXVII, XXVIII).

30 years ago

GOLF  July 16, 1989  Betsy King claims the 44th annual U.S. Women’s Open Championship, firing 278 (-6) at the Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Orion Lake, Michigan. Winning by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez, it was the first of her two consecutive victories at the event and the second of her six major career titles. The Pennsylvania native turned pro in 1977 and retired in 2005 with 39 LPGA Tour wins.

40 years ago

BASEBALL  July 12, 1979  The Chicago White Sox hold a “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park during a double header with the Detroit Tigers. The event turns into a promotional fiasco as fans pelt debris and destroy the field while a box full of vinyl disco records is blown up by local radio disc jockey, Steve Dahl. The White Sox end up forfeiting the second game after the field is made unplayable.