Archive for November 2011

Trivial Sports Histories: Fightin' Whities

Trivial Sports Histories: Fightin' Whities
We’ve all heard of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish, and the NFL team known as the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, also the former team name of Miami University, was changed to “the Redhawks” in the mid 1990s amidst minor controversy. Those of us more versed in colleges are familiar with the Ragin’ Cajuns of University of... Read more »

10 Things Cubs Fans Should Do Before They Die, The Mischievous Version

10 Things Cubs Fans Should Do Before They Die, The Mischievous Version
My friend and fellow sports blogger Tab Bamford just put out a book called 100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Meanwhile Jimmy Greenfield put out his book 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Tab knows about everything to know about the Blackhawks (and all Chicago... Read more »

Trivial Sports Histories: Philly Eagles, Horrible Rappers

Trivial Sports Histories: Philly Eagles, Horrible Rappers
In the 1988 NFL season the Philadelphia Eagles and their coach, Buddy Ryan, were feeling a little cocky. Ryan, who was a former assistant of Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, had come in just the year before. And coming off three very disappointing seasons following the Super Bowl era of Dick Vermeil, the Eagles were... Read more »
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Putting the "Play" Back in "Playing Sports"

Putting the "Play" Back in "Playing Sports"
“Mental, mental. Tennis is mental”, Coach Joe used to say at practices during my days as an eighth string junior varsity member of our high school tennis team. Joe was not just the best dressed janitor working for our school, with his Coca-Cola rugby shirts and his suede Docksides. He was a great tennis coach.... Read more »

"Bear Down Chicago Bears" sounds like "Sit on my Face"

"Bear Down Chicago Bears" sounds like "Sit on my Face"
A couple of months ago during the off-season my insomnia got the best of me. When that happens and I’ve totally given up sleep I often hit YouTube to check out long lost favorites from my MTV childhood and other silly things. That day, a friend had sent me a photo of a toilet with... Read more »

The Joys of Getting Bullied by a 4th Grade Girl

The Joys of Getting Bullied by a 4th Grade Girl
Over the past decade we’ve heard lots about bullying. Traditional bullying, which consists of good old fashion intimidation and threat of physical harm has been around since the dawn of childhood. Yet in the past decade, the insertion of technology has just given people another avenue. To be a bully in the old days, you... Read more »
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Fun with Autocorrect and Sports Names

Fun with Autocorrect and Sports Names
In the spring I wrote about how Autocorrect, or “spellcheck” as the old school technophobe in me often calls it, has the habit of changing words with humorous effect. One popular website, “Damn you, Autocorrect” recounts numerous episodes of Autocorrect stepping in and changing harmless words to awkward ones, sometimes infusing sexual innuendo to a... Read more »