Good Night, Don Pardo, 1918-2014

Don Pardo was an announcer at NBC for 60 years. He started in television so long ago it was on the radio, in 1944. The heaviest moment of his career was in 1963, when he was "booth announcer" on a shift at WNBC-TV in New York. Pardo did an off-camera "rip-and-read," from a big marked-up paper printout of an Associated… » 8/22/14 4:26pm 8/22/14 4:26pm

What Baseball's Most Famous Brawl Photo Didn't Show You

It's been 49 years since Giants ace Juan Marichal clocked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with his bat. The moment was captured in Neil Leifer's iconic photograph, which in turn shaped the collective memory of the incident. Today, Marichal is remembered as the villain, Roseboro as the helpless innocent in the middle… » 8/22/14 3:50pm 8/22/14 3:50pm

The Two-Fisted, One-Eyed Misadventures Of Sportswriting's Last Badass

George Kimball hung upside down some 70 feet in the cold Manhattan air, still in need of a cigarette. Well, the doctors had said smoking would kill him, hadn't they? The previous autumn, they had found an inoperable cancerous tumor the size of a golf ball in his throat and given him six months to live. Five months had… » 8/22/14 1:07pm 8/22/14 1:07pm

The Making Of “Homer At The Bat,” The Episode That Conquered Prime Time…

On Feb. 20, 1992, more American homes tuned into The Simpsons than they did The Cosby Show or the Winter Olympics from Albertville, France. A foul-mouthed cartoon on a fourth-place network bested the Huxtables and the world's best amateur athletes. Fox over NBC and CBS—its first-ever victory in prime time. New over… » 8/22/14 1:06pm 8/22/14 1:06pm

Little League Coach Gives Great Post-Game Speech To Kids After Loss

This is a great little reminder that not all youth coaches and parents are psychopaths. After losing to Jackie Robinson West 8-7, Dave Belisle gathered his Cumberland American team from Rhode Island to let them know that even though they lost, it's not a reason to be upset or disappointed. » 8/19/14 9:33am 8/19/14 9:33am

The Death of a Sports Pioneer

A lot was going on last week. The world mourned the death of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. The world then turned its horrified eyes to Ferguson, MO and witnessed shocking events unfolding in real time. Lost among those very important stories was the passing of a true sports pioneer. Jay Adams died last week… » 8/18/14 1:37pm 8/18/14 1:37pm