In its early days, the NBA got really creative with its playoff formats

My favorite two months of the sports calendar tip off this weekend with the beginning of the NBA Playoffs.

42 Facts About Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day

To commemorate this great day (I love watching every player wear 42) and the biopic “42” that was released on Friday, here are 42 facts about the life and career of Jackie Robinson.

Sports Obituaries: Some Of The Others We Lost in 2012

You know about Junior Seau and Joe Paterno. But there are many others from the sports world who were lost this year who you may or may not be aware of. But these people made their marks on the sports world in their unique ways, whether it been as a player, a coach, or in the media.

The Top 7 BCS Bowl Games Ever … As Gangster Movies

The BCS takes a lot of deserved flak, so it’s easy to forget about all the exciting moments that it has actually delivered. So let’s focus on the positive and count down the top 7 BCS Bowl Games from the past 14 seasons, matching each one with a gangster movie that also delivered.

The Day the Basketball Died: The 35th Anniversary of the Plane Crash That Took the Lives of the Evansville Basketball Team

On Tuesday, December 13, 1977, the University of Evansville (UE) Purple Aces basketball team boarded a plane for Nashville, Tennessee. Tragically, the plane was not in the air even five minutes before crashing, killing everyone onboard.

The 10 Most Memorable Bad Weather Games in Green Bay Packers History

Weather-wise, Green Bay Packers games have seen it all over the years, snow, rain, wind, and mud. Which games make our all-time top ten list?

Where Does the Extra Point Come From?

The extra point is an oddity in American team sports. So where does this idea come from? Why not just award either 6 or 7 points for a touchdown and move on?

Veterans Day: Thank a Veteran This Weekend (Plus a List of Notable Athletes Who Have Served)

With Veterans Day coming up on Sunday, it’s important for all of us, as citizens of the United States of America, to take the time to remember those who have served, are currently serving, and those who have lost their lives fighting for the very freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis.

80 Years Ago Today, The Michigan Marching Band Did the First Ever “Script Ohio” Formation

Perhaps no marching band formation is more recognizable than the Ohio State Marching Band’s “Script Ohio.” The tradition goes back exactly 80 years to October 15, 1932, when a band on the field at Ohio Stadium in Columbus first spelled “Ohio” in perfect cursive. But that band didn’t belong to Ohio State. It was visiting from Ann Arbor.

125 Years Ago Today, St. Louis Browns Outfielder Tip O’Neill Completed a Season That Has Never Been Matched

125 years ago today, St. Louis Browns left fielder James Edward “Tip” O’Neill became the second Triple Crown winner in baseball history. But he didn’t stop at just the Triple Crown stats. No other player in baseball history has led his league in doubles, triples, and home runs.

It’s the 80th Anniversary of Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” … Whether It Really Happened or Not

There is no doubt that Babe Ruth pointed before hitting his fifth inning home run in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, but it’s not clear that he was pointing at the center field wall. Regardless, today is the 80th anniversary of one of the most famous moments in baseball history.

The 5 Most Surreal Sports Stories of the Last 25 Years

Sometimes, what happens off the field seems to be more compelling than what happens on it…and the hardest to fathom. Which of these surreal off-the-field stories over the last 25 years have most affected American culture and been the most difficult to accept?

Pine Tar or Poopy Pants: What Is Your All-Time Favorite George Brett Moment?

Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the most iconic video images in the history of Major League Baseball: the Pine Tar Incident. But is that your favorite George Brett moment of all-time?

Video: Fondly Remembering (and Enjoying the Irony of) ‘Chicks Dig The Long Ball’

While editing the latest piece by Zach Gropper, I came across the following line: “And let’s not forget…chicks dig the long ball.” Of course, I could not help but think back to the great Nike commercial that coined the phrase, which immediately became embedded in the lexicon of baseball.

Forget the Dream Team … Which Was The Best Bronze Medal-Winning USA Men’s Basketball Team?

The Internet and sports radio have been abuzz lately with current USA Men’s Basketball players claiming that they could beat the 1992 “Dream Team,” which is widely considered the greatest team ever assembled. Lost in all of this hubbub, however, is a debate that is much more fun and ridiculous: Which was the best bronze medal-winning USA Men’s Basketball team?