Sumo Takes Off in America

January 24, 2021

If you never heard of the US Sumo Open then you’re not alone. But last Fall, the 1,500-year-old Japanese sport, which has a niche following in the U.S., celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first US Sumo Open. Launched by Californian Andrew Freund, the annual event is the world’s largest and longest running

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January 17, 2021
“Voices in Blue and White: Pride and Passion for the Maple Leafs”

How much reverence can professional hockey players and veterans have for their team, which hasn’t won a Stanley Cup championship since …

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January 9, 2021
Two Brothers and the Battle for Athletic Footwear

Three generations ago, German brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler parted ways in a bitter sibling …

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January 3, 2021
The World's Best Loser

On December 15, 1930, tea mogul Thomas Lipton stepped into New York’s City Hall to collect a trophy. Mayor Jimmy Walker made the …

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December 27, 2020
Oh, Those Quirky Finns

In 1998, the remote hamlet of Hyrynsalmi, situated almost 400 miles north of Finland’s capital, Helsinki, launched a swamp soccer …

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December 20, 2020
Diane Crump on Making Jockey History

In 1970, spectators at the Kentucky Derby saw something they’ve never witnessed before- a female jockey piloting one of the …

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December 13, 2020
The Bull & The Matador

40 years ago, Martin Scorsese released “Raging Bull”, a Hollywood screen production that was nominated for 8 Academy …

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December 6, 2020
As War Rages Abroad, Army & Navy Face Off

On December 2nd, 1944, the Allies were on their offensive drive towards Germany, General Douglas McArthur was back in the Philippines, and the Army-Navy "game of the …

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November 29, 2020
The Mythological Life of Carlton Haselrig

Carlton Haselrig came from a mythological place in the American story -- Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He lived a mythological …

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10 years ago

FOOTBALL February 6, 2001  The Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, launched 3 touchdowns and completed 24 of 39 passes to win the game MVP. His counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger, hurled 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, one of which resulted in a 37-yard running score against Pittsburgh. It was the 4th SB victory for Green Bay, the NFL’s first champions dating back to the 1966 season.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL February 11, 2001  The NBA holds its 50th All-Star game at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. Allen Iverson picked up the MVP after rallying the Eastern Conference to defeat the West in a narrow 111-110 game. Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors) and Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) topped the highest number of selection votes from the East, while Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) and Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) were most popular in the West.

30 years ago

BASEBALL February 4, 1991  The Board of Directors at the Baseball Hall of Fame votes 12-0 to bar Pete Rose from being inducted. Due to his past gambling activities around the game, both as player and manager, Rose continues to be kept out of the prestigious institution. Playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-1989, Rose was a 17x All-Star and 3x World Series champion. In his playing career he batted .303, hit 4,256, and had RBI of 1,413.

40 years ago

MOTOR SPORTS February 15, 1981  Rich Petty wins the 23rd annual running of the Daytona 500. Rounding the 200-lap chase in just under 2 hours and 57 minutes, Petty beat Bobby Allison by 3½ seconds and brought out Buick’s first NASCAR win since 1956. It was the 7th and last Daytona 500 victory for the North Carolina native who still holds the record for most wins at the famed track. Petty is tied with Jimmy Johnson and Dale Earnhardt for the NASCAR series (7x).