Twenty-years ago today, Michael Jordan hit his most famous shot in the NBA Finals to clinch the series for the Chicago Bulls. It was Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. For the second year in a row, the Bulls faced the Utah Jazz, except this year the Jazz had the home court advantage. In… Read More Twentieth Anniversary of Michael Jordan’s Last NBA Finals Shot
With the United States failing to qualify for the World Cup after losing to Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. fans have the dilemma of who to root for when the World Cup begins on Thursday. FiveThirtyEight has a clever simulator that tells you who your team is based on a series of questions on your soccer… Read More Who to Root for at the World Cup
Of the U.S. cities with three major sports teams, all have won a championship this century except for Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington. Of the three, only Twin Cities fans have waited longer for a championship albeit by a mere 91 days. Twenty-Six Years Ago The last championship in Washington (other than for the very… Read More Is Washington’s Curse Finally Lifting?
Today two-time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Dwight Clark lost his battle with ALS at the young age of 61. Clark made the iconic catch in the 1981 NFC Championship that sent the 49ers to the Super Bowl and launched a dynasty. The catch is considered one of the greatest in football playoff history. As the… Read More Putting “The Catch” in Context – Its Bigger Than You Thought
The fourth consecutive matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, like the third consecutive matchup between the teams last year, is a record for the NBA finals. When they step on the court tonight, it will be the 19th consecutive NBA Finals game between the two teams. The Cavs-Warriors record aside, there… Read More Where Does Cavs-Warriors Rank Among Top NBA Finals Rivalries?
Today’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 matches two great Game 7 legacies – the Boston Celtics and LeBron James. It is the third Game 7 battle between LeBron and the Celtics. The Mighty Celtics As detailed below, the Celtics have played the most, won the most and have the best record in Game 7s in NBA… Read More Celtics and LeBron – A History of Game 7 Heroics
The year was 1993. Bill Clinton was in his first year in office and Canada would briefly have its first woman Prime Minister in Kim Campbell. Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” was the top song of the year and “Roseanne” was the top sitcom. In hockey, Wayne Gretzky led the Los Angeles Kings to… Read More Winnipeg, Toronto Look to Break Canada’s 25-Year Curse
In Part One, we discuss the Houston Astros’ joyful exit from the Baseball Never Club by winning the 2017 World Series, what defines the remaining seven members (records/market size) and focus on two of its seven remaining members who have never even been to the World Series – Washington and Seattle. In this Part Two,… Read More Hope Springs Eternal for Baseball’s Nevers (Pt 2)
The Clippers’ embarrassing 134-115 home loss to the #9 seed Denver Nuggets eliminated them from the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Clippers, however, only have themselves to blame, as they had their second-worst defensive performance on the year during a critical game. The Clippers simply did not get it done during the stretch:… Read More With Clippers’ Elimination, Playoffs Bypass LA for Only 3rd Time Since Clippers Move
In the biggest American debut of a foreign soccer player since Pelé joined the New York Cosmos, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović scored two goals in twenty minutes of play to cap a dramatic comeback 4-3 win for the Los Angeles Galaxy over crosstown rival Los Angeles FC. American soccer has a new star. Who is Zlatan? Zlatan… Read More Zlatan Has Landed! Winning El Traffico in Epic Debut