Long Time Coming for NBA Elite 8

Not since 2006, when the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks, has there been an NBA Final without a prior champion. This could well happen this year, as neither the remaining Western Conference contenders nor the Brooklyn Nets have ever … Continue reading Long Time Coming for NBA Elite 8

Feb-12-78: When Basketball Saved a State (Providence College 61, North Carolina 59)

On February 6, 1978, Mother Nature delivered a two-day thunder-snow storm to New England, burying Rhode Island with its worst blizzard in history.   Six days later, the state was on national television again, but this time to watch 7th ranked … Continue reading Feb-12-78: When Basketball Saved a State (Providence College 61, North Carolina 59)

Dec-24-1950: Cleveland Browns Win First of 3 NFL Title Battles Against Los Angeles Rams

In 1945, the Cleveland Rams won their first NFL championship, beating the Washington Redskins 15-14 at Cleveland Stadium in -8 degree weather in what was the coldest game in NFL history at that time. The was the Rams last game … Continue reading Dec-24-1950: Cleveland Browns Win First of 3 NFL Title Battles Against Los Angeles Rams

Oct-31-1950: Earl Lloyd Breaks NBA’s Color Barrier

While the color barrier fell in the NFL in 1946 and Major League Baseball in 1947, it would not be until this day in 1950 that the NBA broke the color barrier. Three African-American players had been signed that year: … Continue reading Oct-31-1950: Earl Lloyd Breaks NBA’s Color Barrier