Last week’s soccer match between Danish rivals FC Copenhagen and Brondby IF introduced the latest form of fan misbehavior- tossing dead rats on the field. Vile but harmless, hurling lifeless rodents on the pitch is still a benign act by historical standards for the world’s most popular sport. Even pigs fly in heated soccer matches. At a 2002 game between bitter enemies Barcelona and Real Madrid, enraged fans who felt betrayed by star player Luis Figa’s move from Barca to
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“The Runners Are Coming, The Runners Are Coming!”. Famous for launching the American revolution in the 18th century, Boston was also the first city to kick off an annual marathon in 1897. “Beantown” is one of six cities to host a World Marathon Major; the others are Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York. But the New England race predates the rest by what seems likeRead more
When nerves take over at the Masters’ final round, even the best and most experienced on the course can be thwarted. Over the decades, at least a dozen leaders had their dreams shattered in dramatic fashion at the back nine of the tournament’s home stretch. In 2011, five years prior to Jordan Spieth’s monumental collapse on the 12th hole, Rory McIlroy led the front 9 before triple bogeying on the 10th, double faulting on the 12th, and missing par on the 11th and 15th.Read more
Football fans are once again reminded they don’t own their home teams. The Oakland Raiders’ planned move to Las Vegas marks the 11th time since the 1940’s that an NFL franchise is packing up for “greener” pastures. The Cleveland Rams uprooted to Los Angeles in January, 1946, barely a month after winning the NFL championship. Battling persistent financial woes and unforgiving Midwest winters, the lure of California was too tempting for owner Dan Reeves.Read more
Major League Baseball takes the field for another season of hard hitting numbers- the league is now worth $36 Bil, its wealthiest team is valued at $3.4 Bil and its highest paid athlete is salaried at $33 Mil. Not surprisingly, the perennial pinstriped New York Yankees are the game’s richest team, worth nearly three times the $1.2 Bil average value of a baseball franchise. The Los Angeles Dodgers land second at $2.5 Bil, while the Tampa Bay Rays dropRead more
SOCCER April 25, 2007- English soccer midfielder Alan Ball dies of a heart attack at age 61. Ball was the youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, providing the assist to one of Geoff Hurst’s three goals at the Final against West Germany. His career included playing & coaching stints with Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton, Portsmouth.
TENNIS April 19, 1997- Tennis star Andre Agassi weds supermodel and actress Brooke Shields. The 26-year old would win his first Major five years later at Wimbledon and finish off his career with eight Grand Slam titles. Agassi’s marriage to Shields lasted only two years and he would later tie a more lasting knot with fellow tennis prodigy, Steffi Graf.
FOOTBALL April 28, 1987- University of Miami’s Vinney Testaverde is drafted as first pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Brooklyn-born, Heisman Trophy winner would QB for seven different teams in the NFL over the next 20 years. Despite his longevity and top-ten ranking for most career passing statistics, Testaverde never won a Superbowl.
BASEBALL April 25, 1977- The Cincinnati Reds score 12 runs in the 5th inning to ultimately defeat the Atlanta Braves 23-9. But after two consecutive World Series titles in 1975- 76, the “Big Red Machine” that featured MVP’s Pete Rose and Johnny Bench would wrap up the regular season with a record of 88-74 and take second place in the National League West.