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A little more than seventy years ago, German brothers Adolf Dassler and Rudolf Dassler parted ways in a bitter sibling quarrel. Their business split, the family divided, and soon enough even the townsfolks migrated to opposite sides of the camp. This seemingly inconsequential feud in a provincial corner of Germany had enormous repercussions on what future athletes would wear on their feet, their backs and over their shoulders. more
Virginia Halas McCaskey didn’t get her birthday wish following the Chicago Bears’ dramatic loss at the wild card game... more
It is now some years ago, but I had an enjoyable time writing a book together with Ken Rosewall. That was mainly because once I had convinced him more
St Louis University ("SLU") ruled college soccer from the late 1950's through the early 1970's, winning ten Division I titles more
In 1939, two high school football teams representing Garfield, New Jersey and Miami, Florida, faced off in the Orange Bowl to decide more
It’s been stated that UNC legend Dean Smith was the only coach who could keep Michael Jordan from scoring under twenty points a game in college. more
The way the Vatican sees it, playing for gold can be a loftier mission if you’re ‘playing for God’. more
Samoans, Hawaiians and Tongans are becoming the new face of American football. Per capita, they are the most over-represented cultures in the sport. more
In 1991, the iconic Grateful Dead music band helped sponsor Lithuania’s national basketball team, a talented but financially-strapped squad that went on to win bronze at the Seoul Olympics. more
Gerald Ford, the only unelected President in American history, spent more time working the gridiron in college than managing the country more
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10 years ago

SOCCER January 12, 2009  Christiano Ronaldo receives the 2008 FIFA World Player Of The Year award. A recipient of many soccer accolades, the Portuguese striker is recognized as one of the best players and most prolific scorers of all time. Ronaldo started with Manchester United in 2003 and then moved to Real Madrid in 2009. He is now with Juventus.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL January 17, 1999  The Atlanta Falcons clinch the NFC Championship, beating the Minnesota Vikings 30-27 in overtime. Vikings placekicker Gary Anderson, posting a perfect field goal record during the season, misses a 4th quarter kick at the NFC Championship. “The Miss” allows the Falcons to tie the game and later win in OT.

30 years ago

BASEBALL January 9, 1989  Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Possibly the greatest catcher in the game, Bench was a 2x World Series winner (1975, ’76) with the Cincinnati Reds. Yastrzemski was an 18x All-Star, 23-year veteran of the Boston Red Sox, and 2nd in MLB for playing the most games.

40 years ago

HOCKEY January 9, 1979  The Boston Bruins retire Bobby Orr’s #4 jersey. One of the greatest on the ice, Orr spent 12 years in the NHL, 10 of which were with the Boston Bruins. Using speed and playmaking abilities, he revolutionized the defensive position and holds the record for most points and assists as a defenseman. Orr retired in 1978.