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Disappointments and Pleasant Surprises from the 2022 NFL Season

The 2022 NFL regular season has come to an end. Each season lifts teams and players to glory. While the opposite is true for other players and teams. Let’s look back at notable ascensions and fall offs this season.

Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception

The month of December is one of remembrance for fans of Pittsburgh sports and those who still live in the city. This year is especially important as it marks the 50th anniversary of two events that will stand the test of time and represent the highest of highs and the lowest of lows for Pittsburgh Steelers fans and Pirates fans everywhere. I recently authored an article for Ab ...

Remembering Roberto Clemente

If you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and were watching them play in the 1960s and 1970s then you may not realize that this month marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Buccos' superstar and Baseball Hall of Fame member Roberto Clemente.

The Impact of World War II on Sports Leagues

One of the major events which shook the world to the core in the mid-20th century is World War II. The period between 1939 to 1945, the world witnessed a traumatic and ghastly period marked by horrendous bloodshed, bombings, and innumerable deaths. WWII was ultimately won by the allied powers marshaled by the US, Japan, and the soviet union, defeating the Hitler-led Axis powers ...

Reflecting on Legends of Wrestling's Past

With the recent resignation of WWE President Vince McMahon Jr., pro wrestling was thrust into the major headlines across news sources. With pro wrestling already having been a hot commodity for years, this news release brought the entertainment company to the forefront of newsworthy stories. On a personal front, I am not a fan of the WWE and do not follow this entertainment bu ...

Could This Be Mike Tomlin's Best Team in Years?

Could This Be Mike Tomlin’s Best Team in Years? Despite being a wild card team in 2021, the Pittsburgh Steelers probably should not have been able to sneak into the post-season given their 42-21 drubbing in the first round to the Kansas City Chiefs. Since that time, Mike Tomlin and his staff have made significant changes to the roster via free agency signings and the NFL draft ...

A Night to Remember in the 2013 MLB National League Wild-Card Game

Nine years ago on October 1, 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wild-card game that might just be the most memorable event in Buccos history. It wasn’t so much memorable for the Pirates' victory that propelled them into the divisional championship but rather what the fans did that night specifically to Reds starter Johnny Cueto. In ...

10 Athletes Who Lost Fans in the Most Shocking Ways

Professional athletes are idolized for their prowess on the court, field, and track, but they don’t always live up to those high standards when it’s not game time. In a new article, AmericanGambler.com takes a closer look at 10 athletes who have gone through shocking controversies that not only tarnished their reputations and lost them fans, but much more than that.

USFL: The Future of Football in America

If American football fans are wondering whether there’ll be a new football league that’ll give the NFL a run for its money, then they can look no further. In the footsteps of the recently relaunched XFL and the Alliance of American Football (AAF) brief stint, the United States Football League (USFL) is the latest professional football league aiming to stir up the football arena ...

The Superstars Competition

If you were watching sports in the 1970s and 1980s then you were lucky to have witnessed perhaps two of the best decades in sports history. During those 20 years, the world got to see some of the best players and athletes in history in an array of sports. In baseball, Pete Rose was in his prime and Hank Aaron was breaking the all-time home run record. They were just two of man ...