Saturday Song

No Independence Day is complete without our national anthem. Carl Lewis’ version from over 20 years ago is the most memorable (sorry Whitney). Charlie Steiner (then of ESPN) goes with this version like peanut butter goes with jelly.

Thursday Open Thread

Johnny Unitas let’s one fly against the New York Giants in 1958

Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas was born this date in 1933. His balls were never knowingly deflated.

Legacy

Recently passed North Carolina Tar Heels basketball Coach Dean Smith left everyone of his former players $200 paid out of his trust for “dinner out” on Coach.

In his will, Smith bequeathed $200 to each of his former players from his trust. The reason? The coach wanted them to “enjoy a dinner out compliments […]

Giving the Hawks the Bird

I forgot to post this yesterday… 30 years ago Larry Bird scored 60 points to set the Celtics single game scoring record. If anyone doubts that Larry Bird is one of the best ever or thinks he’s over hyped — this will disabuse you of such foolishness.

The greatest shot is the one the […]

"Hello, glory. Goodbye, strife."

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never watched a minute of NASCAR in my life (outside of Tom Cruise and Will Ferrell movies of course), but the awesomeness of this ad makes me want to rectify that and quick. Nick Offerman rules.

R.I.P. — Ed Sabol

Steve Sabol with his father Ed Sabol — Founder of NFL Films

Ed Sabol, NFL Hall of Famer and Founder of NFL Films, has died at age 98.

It has often been said that much of the NFL’s incredible popularity can be traced back to the majestic images of NFL Films, which was founded […]

R.I.P — Dean Smith

Legendary University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Dean Smith has died at age 83. From FOX Sports:

“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for […]

New England 28 Seattle 24

The only ball that matters is fully inflated. I don’t care what anyone says… 6 Super Bowl appearances and 4 victories over a 14 year period in this age of free agency and salary caps is amazing (evocative of 1950s Browns, 1960s Packers 1970s Steelers and the 1970s/90s Cowboys and 1980s 49ers, et al). […]

From the Trailer Park -- Red Army

With only few hours before FX’s Season 3 premiere of The Americans, a little Soviet-era hockey to vet zee vistle. Below trailer and also story from one of commie’s favorite places of propaganda, the LA Times.

They Blinded Themselves With Hatred?

Delfategate? Remember when steel couldn’t melt? Yeah me neither. Science is a bitch. Real science — not the sciencey stuff practiced by the media. Could it be that the New England Patriots will be vindicated by the law of Nature — and Nature’s God? I hope so — not because I love the Patriots. […]