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Untimely Deaths of Sports Figures from the 80s and 90s

In professional sports there have been many tragedies from serious injuries to even death. Some athletes that lost their lives at a too early age died from illnesses, some from being murdered, others from drugs. There was even a case of a football player losing his life right there on the gridiron. From the 1960s through the 1980s, here are 10 athletes that died before their t ...

A History of the NFL's Mr. Irrelevant

With the success last season of Brock Purdy for the San Francisco 49ers he put the spotlight on him being 2022’s “Mr. Irrelevant.” For those unaware of that title, it is cast upon the last man drafted each year in the NFL’s annual draft selection process. Watch the video version of this article: Not many Mr. Irrelevants find success in pro football but for Purdy because ...

8 Men Out: When the White Sox Fixed the Baseball Championship in 1919

104 years ago Major League Baseball suffered one the darkest periods it has ever experienced. The year was 1919 and the World Series involved the champions of the American League, the Chicago White Sox taking on the National League champion Cincinnati Reds. What ensued was the only known fixed baseball championship when members of the White Sox opted to throw the World Series ...

The Evolution of College Football: What Has Changed?

College football has been around for decades, and has undergone many changes over the years as it has grown in popularity. From rules to equipment and uniforms, there has been positive changes that placed college football where it is now. One notable change is about the safety of players. New technologies made it possible to introduce better helmets and pads for players and hel ...

Repeat Champions in All Major College and Professional Sports Leagues

Now that the University of Georgia Bulldogs have won their second consecutive NCAA football championship, they’ve accomplished something that has been proven to be very difficult to achieve not just in college football but in all other sports; repeating as champions. Repeat Champions in NCAA Football Not since 2011 and 2012 has a collegiate team won the title in successive ...

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 ...