A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Herman Franks broke into baseball with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1932, but he was soon acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals and joined their large farm system. All you really need to know about his playing career was that he played primarily as a backup and finished with a batting average of .199 with three home runs in 188 games over parts of six seasons. In 1949 Franks landed his first coaching assignment, as an aide to Leo Durocher with the New York Giants. He was a member of two National League championship clubs (1951,... Read More
The buzz began at about 2 pm on the afternoon of Oct. 20. ESPN.com posted a rumor that the 49ers were firing head coach Mike Nolan and he would be replaced by assistant coach and defensive lineman coach Mike Singletary after Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Fans began to rejoice at the possibility as many of had been waiting for this moment for a long time. About 4 hours later, that rumor became reality when the 49ers announced Nolan was fired and Singletary would be taking over.
Today in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Columnist Ray Ratto said the decision was... Read More
The JB Group along with The Hong Kong Tennis Patron’s Association (TPA) proudly announced J B · GROUP Classic tennis tournament to be held in Hong Kong from 7th – 10th Jan’09.
The J B · GROUP Classic will feature four teams from the regions of Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. Each team will consist of three players who will compete in singles and doubles and will be led by a global star player. Recently crowned World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic from Serbia will head up Team Europe and play in Hong Kong for the first time. Returning to Hong Kong... Read More
I am so excited about the Dodgers being in the National League Championship Series that I can’t even tell you. I have waited 20 years for this to happen and tomorrow it is finally here. I was very hopeful of their chances against the Phillies until I went down to collect the mail this afternoon. When I saw Manny Ramirez on the cover of Sports Illustrated, I nearly lost control of my bowels.
Nothing will kill a team worse that the SI cover curse. You think the Chicago Cubs are cursed? Steve Bartman is their guardian angel and the legendary goat is a blessing compared to the Sports... Read More
If you have ever seen the film Rudy, then you know that it’s about a kid who wills his way onto the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team against incredible odds. Rudy is a 1993 film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. It was the first movie the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since Knute Rockne, All American in 1940. In 2005 Rudy was named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls by... Read More
The drama of sport, as Jim McKay used to remind us weekly, is both “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” As I’ve waxed most recently, the current crop of sports commentators hired to deliver this drama to us is often so eager to dumb it down and spoon feed it to us, that they often jump to conclusions that are not only premature but frequently wrong. But just ask, Vinko Bogataj, defeat sells; over and over again, actually. But in the case of Alicia Sacramone, and the women’s team gymnastics final, both the live commentary and the post event interviewer... Read More
Lately, I've read my share of pundits waxing on about the over-commercialization of the Olympics. And I've endured at least a year of political protest and political impact stories about these latest Games. To be certain, it is globally and historically significant that they are being held in the epicenter of communist China, Beijing. Despite my initial skepticism, this edition of the Summer Games is very much China's "coming out party". Which they are in dire need of.
The last time most of us remember China in the world news involved the same Tiananmen Square prominently featured... Read More
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