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Let Barry Bonds In: Steroid Use and the Hall of Fame

Every year the Baseball Writers Association of America, or the BWAA, selects 10 players from a ballot of recently retired players to make the Hall of Fame. The National Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates baseball history through the recognition of the game’s greatest players. The whole process is ostensibly cut and dry. Demonstrate playing ability and statistics superior to those ...

The GOAT Race is Over in MMA for Now

If there is an argument on who the greatest MMA fighter of all-time is that discussion was slammed shut following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominating victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 24. With his 28th MMA victory without a defeat, the undisputed lightweight champion left no doubt that there has never been anyone better. My pick for the fight was a knockout by Jus ...

Which World Series Title is More Legitimate, 2017 or 2020?

With the stage of the 2020 World Series being set, some have asked, “How legitimate is the 2020 title?” During a normal year, the MLB season has a total of 162 games, not including Spring Training. Typically, in July, the All-Star break is held. When the All-Star break happens, it marks the halfway point of the baseball season. Due to COVID-19, the MLB season was shortened to ...

Will Super Bowl LV Be a Not-So-Super Bowl?

Most National Football League fans know that teams are allowing none to very few fans in their respective stadiums thus far in the 2020 season due to the coronavirus. That brings to mind the question of “if this trend continues to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, how many fans will be sitting in the seats of Raymond James Stadium, this season’s Super Bowl host?” The venue has ...

Will COVID Kill the World Series - World Series History

Only twice in history has the World Series not been played... 2020 could be number three. There will be plenty of disappointed fans if this happens.

The Unresolved Legacy of Floyd Mayweather

There was a time not so long ago when the most revered and supposed "baddest" men and women on the planet wore 10oz gloves, danced and circled each other without the fear of being kicked, elbowed, taken down or choked out. These were our most celebrated fighters and our standard-bearers of toughness—the champions of boxing. Some of them were true athletic geniuses, modern-day d ...

Looking for a Knockout, Ten First-Hand Accounts

As a big boxing fan, I've witnessed many pro fights since I began watching the sport in the 1970s. What most pugilistic fans enjoy seeing is that big knockout. Throughout the history of the sport of boxing, there have been many electrifying and historic knockouts some with just a single strike, others resulting in a stoppage by the referee. Instead of listing some of the great ...

Introduction to 1970s Heavyweights

The best way we can enjoy sports these days is to remember sports for the way it once was. With this in mind, I grew up in the 1970s and for the years from 1970-1979, professional boxing may have experienced its best era ever. Boxing was thriving and extremely popular, often showcased on ABC’s Wide World of Sports or CBS and its equivalent show, "CBS Sports Spectacular." Focus ...

Oscar Bonavena - 1970s Heavyweights

With a record of 58-9-1 on February 2, 1976, Bonavena was just 33 when he had a dispute at the Mustang Ranch in Nevada that ended up with the security guard there shooting Bonavena dead. While the Argentine-born Bonavena had an outstanding record, he lost to some of the best fighters in the decade (Ron Lyle, Ali, Joe Frazier, Jimmy Ellis, Floyd Patterson) but some of those figh ...

Joe Bugner - 1970s Heavyweights

The interesting fact about Bugner is that he not only fought Joe Frazier in 1973 and lost a decision, he also fought Joe’s son Marvis. Bugner lost that fight as well, also a decision. From the start of his career in 1967 until he retired many years later in 1999 at an age of 49, Bugner would lose just 13 bouts in 83 fights. Along the way were some big names of the heavyweight d ...