7 most devastating American sports history

7. Hartford Whalers to Carolina

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Hartford loved its only major professional sports franchise. They loved it so much that the city of Hartford threw the team a parade in 1986 when the team reached the second round of the playoffs. They got a parade for reaching the second round!

Whalers fans stuck with the team through ineptitude — the Mighty Whale had just three winning seasons in 18 — then had to watch the team move to Carolina, not exactly a hockey hotbed. A few years later, the Carolina Hurricanes went on to win the Stanley Cup, and Hartford still waits for the Whalers to come home. (But don’t worry gang, when I win the Powerball I’m bringing them back.)

6. Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis

I know it’s bizarre to write about this move when the Rams are now moving back, but it’s important to remember how bummed Los Angeles Rams fans were when they lost their franchise to St. Louis in 1995. The Los Angeles Rams had a long and proud history, winning the

Lawrence Phillips prison at age 40

Lawrence Phillips, the former football star facing murder charges, was found unresponsive early Wednesday at Kern Valley State Prison and rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton told USA TODAY Sports.

The death is being investigated as a suspected suicide, according to press release from the department.

Phillips, 40, was facing the possible death penalty in the alleged murder of his former cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison. At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, a Superior Court judge ruled there was “sufficient cause to believe” Phillips committed murder, according to court records, which cleared the way for a trial that could have ended with Phillips getting the death penalty.

Jesse Whitten, the attorney who was representing Phillips, said the outcome of the hearing was no surprise and Phillips thought he would prevail.

“There was nothing about his demeanor that made me think he was suicidal at all, or depressed,’’ Whitten told

Hue Jackson as coach, team’s 8th

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hue Jackson has experience as a head coach, knows the AFC North and has fixed quarterbacks.

Just what the Browns were looking for.

The Bengals offensive coordinator, who waited four years for his second crack at leading an NFL team, has been hired as Cleveland’s next coach — the struggling franchise’s eighth since 1999 and sixth since 2008.

The 50-year-old Jackson finalized his deal on Wednesday, swiftly ending the Browns’ search which began on Jan. 3 when owner Jimmy Haslam fired Mike Pettine after two losing seasons.

Jackson had also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and was scheduled to meet later this week with the New York Giants, but Haslam was not going to be outbid for a coach he coveted.

Haslam said Jackson has all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for the team.

“He is highly experienced, deeply passionate about winning, and relentless in trying to find ways to put his players in the best position to succeed,” he said. “He possesses that unique ability to reach the entire locker room in a way that

Some facts to know about a NFL Fan

Have you ever been a NFL football fan? If yes, then you must be aware of the emotional journey of a real fan. Every victory and failure of your favorite team surely hits your nerve even if you are cheering from your living room.

Duval Love NFL, former American football tackle, recalls that the game of football is highly associated with emotion, excitement, dedication, passion, hard work, success and fame. But these states of mind are not only what the players feel. The viewers also go through same emotional ride while enjoying the game. As a real fan of NFL, you must know how it feels to flow with the excitement of the game when your favorite team is there on the field. You forget all the hardships of your life for the few hours while cheering for your favorite team.

Duval Love Henderson’s experience, and his records of hard work as a NFL star, offers a sneak peek into the real world of the NFL fans. If you are crazy about watching the games, you must know that your intense love towards the game often puzzles your surroundings who do not bother much about football.

The people, who are not interested

Aaron Hartfield Educates You About Football Formation


Aaron Hartfield is a sports fanatic. He is an enthusiastic who loves football and plays it with all his hearts. Aaron lives for the sport and makes it a point to improve himself regularly to play better each day.

Aaron has played for one football team in his career as a sportsman. In the year 2010 he played for his team called Varsity as a junior footballer. The QB rate of his performance had been 137.5. This he has played in passing. In the same season, he has averaged 3.7 in rushing. His receiving average was 12.2. His scoring points for team varsity was 18 in total. The average total touchdown of Aaron Hartfield is 3. His score card in brief say it all in his favor. His total rushing yard point is 161. His average rushing yard point is 3.7.

In his short career Aaron has learnt enough about football to educate people about the game. This is a guy thing all right and every guy must have the basic knowledge about the game. However, those who are not that familiar with the game will find this article educational. If you are looking for tutorial you will be benefitted by


Sports nets are highly important when you are thinking of setting up playgrounds or practice stations. There are various types of nets used in sports like baseball, golf, football etc. Different materials are used to make sports nets and they are available in various sizes based on the requirement. Further, we will discuss about two major types of nets used in different sports and specifications.

Batting cage nets

Safety is an essential concern in any kind of sporting event and batting cage nets are meant to prevent any injuries or property damage in baseball. Netting plays a crucial role in baseball batting cages. The ball pitching equipment will shoot balls at high speeds and the batting cage nets should be able to handle the force of it.

The netting acts as a protective barrier to safeguard the spectators from being hit as well as the administrators to maintain the ball count. However, if not maintained property, these nets may deteriorate by ripping at some parts, which used to be hit and balls may escape through these.

The most common fibers used in making such sports netting are nylon and polyethylene. These nets are available in different twine sizes and tensile strengths. The baseball cage

Rules To Remember About Investing In Memorabilia

Some love Mickey—Mouse that is. Others worship Mickey—as in Mantle. But to make a profit off of your passion, you have to know what you’re doing.

Source: Steiner Sports

Irwin Kishner, head of the Sports and Entertainment practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York, says, “there are two types of memorabilia purchasers.”

The first is someone who collects for nostalgia reasons—like baseballs signed by childhood heroes; the second is an investor or wealthy individual who has a more substantial collection.

The memorabilia market is vast in what is considered collectible, the venues for buying and selling, and the total dollar value. The largest markets are sports and entertainment, and the most popular trading is done through auction houses, specialty dealers, andinternet outlets like eBay . Because memorabilia is not traded on an organized, formal exchange, it’s hard to pin down the exact size of the business but it is certainly a multi-billion-dollar one.

If you’re considering bumping your collection up a notch, or adding memorabilia to your investment portfolio, here are eight rules to keep in mind:

1. Don’t fall in love with your investments.

Brandon Steiner, Founder and CEO of Steiner Sports Marketing,

Wrangler Cuts All Favre Commercials On NFL Broadcasts

Last weekend, as Brett Favre endured the media scrutiny from the fallout related to his his alleged voicemail and textingto Jets employee Jenn Sterger, his Wrangler endorsement was still in full swing.

Although Wrangler’s official stance was that they were monitoring the situation, ads for the jeans brand ran in their usual rotation, so much so that it was hard to watch a sporting event last Saturday or Sunday without seeing the spot featuring the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.

Source: wrangler.com

Something clearly changed this past weekend, as Wrangler either replaced the Favre spots with spots using its other high-profile spokesman Dale Earnhardt Jr. or ran the Favre spots on niche channels.

The Favre Wrangler spot, which had been in heavy rotation, only ran ten total times on Sunday on smaller niche channels including Versus, FX, Speed and the History Channel. Not a single Favre Wrangler ad aired on an NFL broadcast, according to Front Row Analytics, a sponsorship evaluation firm.

“No brand wants to be embroiled in a controversy of such a personal nature,” said Eric Smallwood, vice president of product management for Front

Giants Cut Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz, and Jon Beason Retires

Days after the Giants’ season ended, the owner John K. Mara declared the roster undertalented and soberly put the onus for rebuilding the team on General Manager Jerry Reese.

On Wednesday, the restructuring began: The Giants cut two starters, and a veteran retired before he would have been released. Each player had been brought to the team by Reese.

Tackle Will Beatty, once considered a cornerstone of the offensive line, and guard Geoff Schwartz, who was Reese’s major free-agent acquisition of 2014, were released. Middle linebacker Jon Beason, who was signed to a hefty free-agent contract two years ago, retired.

The moves will create about $12 million in additional salary-cap space for the Giants, who could have $50 million to spend on free agents.

All three players had been troubled by injuries and last year played sparingly or not at all. In that context, the cuts were not shocking, but at least on the offensive line, the moves signal an abandonment of the blueprint that had been in place for the Giants.

Improve Baseball Batting Swing with Best Bat Sleeve

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Call the Shot will help you to be able to hit further with cleaner and higher ratio. It can be a perfect choice for coaches, players as well as players’ parents to get this one to increase their training section. If you think that the traditional methods have been expensive and inefficient any more, this training tool will provide better method with reasonable and effective cost. Thus, if you want to improve baseball batting swing,let’s take a look closer to this baseball and softball training tool and then find

Pouring Beers on Paul Rudd

In short, he was part of a core group of young talent that was tasked with resurrecting a franchise that had fallen on hard times (to put it mildly): The Royals hadn’t made the MLB postseason since winning the World Series in 1985 and had managed just one winning season in the decade before he was drafted. By 2011, much of that core had made their way to the majors, including Hosmer, who batted .293 and hit 19 home runs in his debut season – good enough for a third-place finish in A.L. Rookie of the Year voting. It seemed those expectations were well-founded. But the Royals, flush with fresh-faced players, still finished 20 games under .500, then followed that up with a 72-90 record in 2012.

Still, something was stirring in Kansas City. In 2013, the Royals won 86 games (their most since 1989), then broke out big time in 2014, embarking on an improbable run that brought them all the way back to the World Series, where they lost in excruciating fashion – in Game 7, with the tying run standing on third base – to the San Francisco Giants. Baseball doesn’t often afford teams

Closing Time

Thousands of athletes from around the globe gathered on Sunday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in Los Angeles, California. They attended the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The games began on July 25. They featured athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in sports ranging from weightlifting to soccer. At the closing ceremonies, the athletes received praise and applause for their achievements.

“It’s truly been an incredible experience and a great time,” said Icelandic soccer player Thor Haklidason before the closing event.

An intellectual disability is a condition that limits intellectual functioning and social- and daily-living skills. To participate in the Special Olympics, each participant must qualify through an official regional competition. The athletes are then divided into groups of people of similar age and ability. The top three finishers in each contest earn gold, silver, and bronze medals. But every competitor gets a participation ribbon and the chance to stand on the victory platform following their competition.

“These games have been life-changing,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive of the games’ organizing committee. “We hope that this will only be a spark that will light the world on fire with the

A Big Night for Sports

Last Thursday in Los Angeles, California, Nickelodeon showered top athletes with orange blimp trophies and tons of green slime. The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards honored retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team, and many other star players. Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson hosted the event.

How do the awards work? Every year, kids vote online for their favorite athletes in categories like Best Male and Female Athlete, Favorite Newcomer, Sickest Moves, and Clutch Player of the Year.

New England Patriots football player Malcolm Butler was nominated for the Favorite Newcomer award. “I love the energy and how everyone is having a great time,” Butler told TFK. “I feel like a kid again.”

For the Win!

Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry took home three trophies, for Best Male Athlete, Clutch Player of the Year, and Sickest Moves. The Golden State Warriors are this year’s NBA champions.

Soccer star Alex Morgan, who plays for the Portland Thorns, won Best Female Athlete. She played on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, which recently won the World Cup.


V for Victory

The U.S. women’s national soccer team has a lot to celebrate. On Sunday, July 5, the team took home the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy in Vancouver, Canada, beating Japan 5-2 and giving the United States its record third Women’s World Cup title.

The team broke other records as well. Carli Lloyd, who plays midfield, came through for her team early in the game. Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the match, bringing the score to 4-0. Her hat trick, or three-goal score, was the fastest in World Cup history. She also became the first American since Michelle Akers in 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final.

“I’m so proud and so zapped at the same time. It’s a surreal moment,” Lloyd told reporters after her team’s win. “It’s been amazing. We just wrote history and brought this World Cup trophy home.”

Meeting Again

This is not the first time the U.S. women’s soccer team has played Japan in a high-stakes game. During the 2011 World Cup finals in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. came close to beating Japan. However, Japan

How a Backup QB Conquered Patriots Nation

It’s Sunday morning in Massachusetts, four hours before the undefeated New England Patriots presumably roll over the Washington Redskins, and Scott Zolak – former pro quarterback turned sports-talk cult hero – is already in the building, greeted with cheers and beers wherever he goes.

“I like smelling the sausages, talking to people out in the parking lot. I’m starting to get free beers after the game ­– you can’t drink while you’re on the air,” he says with a laugh. “I walk the field, get the feel of gameday. The NFL is a great product, as many problems as it has, whether it is domestic violence, or Greg Hardy or the ridiculousness of caring about PSI of a football. People watch this. This is why people gamble.”

Gameday is a whirlwind of activity for Zolak. He’s already interviewed Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick for Boston’s 98.5, “The Sports Hub.” He has to shoot two TV spots for the local CBS affiliate. He has to do a pregame radio segment. And he has to stop and chat with no less than a dozen different fans; after all, he’s one of the most recognizable people inside the stadium,

Jimmer Fredette’s Journey Back

Contrary to popular belief, Jimmer Fredette is still Jimmer Fredette. He still has a proclivity to launch the ball from an unconscionable distance and watch it gently drop through the net. His panoply of scoops, dips and other sleight-of-hand finishes at the rim still curl over and around and under the arms of substantially taller and stronger and bouncier men. Jimmer Fredette – the Jimmer Fredette who scored nearly 30 points per game on his way to winning the Wooden Award at Brigham Young, who was the truest manifestation of Great White Hope-dom since Larry Bird – isn’t gone. He’s just in Westchester.

The Westchester Knicks, the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate, play in the plainly named Westchester County Center, a venue that, try as it might, is just not a basketball arena. There is a large stage behind one of the baselines. There is no lower level of seating along an entire sideline. Even its pomp, the obligatory pregame hype video, seems to have a sideways awareness that it lacks circumstance: the video begins with shots of the team’s Greyhound bus pulling up to the County Center.

And it is here, in White Plains, where

Foul Ball

Major League Baseball (MLB) was thrown a curveball this week, as word spread that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals. Employees of the team may have hacked into the computer database of the Houston Astros.

The Astros’ database, called “Ground Control,” contains private information about trades, statistics, and scouting reports. If the investigation proves that the Cardinals did commit the act, it will be deemed not only unsportsmanlike but also illegal.

In a statement, the MLB said it is “aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Houston Astros’ baseball operations database.” The organization added, “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”

The investigation into the hack began after the Astros’ internal trade talks were posted anonymously on the Internet last year. People wanted to know who was responsible for making the private information public.

The two major-league teams had been rivals for a long time, but things became even

cing Into History

American Pharoah proved it’s not impossible to win the Triple Crown. On Saturday, June 6, the horse rode into history after winning the Belmont Stakes horse race in Long Island, New York. The Triple Crown is a victory by a horse in three different races—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes—in the same racing year. The 3-year-old bay colt is the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. He is only the 12th Triple Crown winner in the history of horse racing.

“It’s ridiculously insane what he did yesterday,” Bob Baffert, American Pharoah’s trainer said. “It was a beautiful moment.”

The Triple Crown races happen over the span of five weeks on circular tracks of different lengths. The races are short, but the horses exert a massive amount of energy dashing to the finish line. The Belmont Stakes is the last race of the trio, and the longest. American Pharoah led the entire race and finished by five and a half horse lengths.

Taking home the Triple Crown is no small feat. The horses require many hours of training to prepare for the

PaddleQuest, an Adventure Race for the Rest of Us

Matt Kirsch surveys the crowd of amateur adventurers gathered outside Con & Bob’s Lakeside Bar and smiles. On any other Saturday, he is a 36-year-old father of two who produces insurance videos for a living; but on this August morning, as the sun hangs low over the water in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, he is “Cap’n Matt,” supreme commander and master of ceremonies of PaddleQuest, a “fantasy paddling adventure” he founded in 2002. And he clearly revels in his responsibilities.

“This is the 14th year of PaddleQuest. We started this off once upon a time with Lord Houlihan and King Mike to keep the river safe from various evils,” he says into a microphone. “From here it gets pretty complicated.”

He’s not kidding.

“King Mike became ‘Lakeside Mike’ once he got rid of the monarchy thing and started working down here at Lakeside tending bar. So he’s now trying to reclaim control – with Lord Houlihan ­– over the Backwaters because Bear, as you know, was leader of the Backwaters in the past and he went into the portal and disappeared,” Kirsch continues. “Lakeside Mike also happens to be a totem master, so he has totem

Rules For Safer Play

Heads up! Across the country, sports injuries are a safety concern for young athletes. Now, the American Medical Association (AMA) has a new set of guidelines aimed at protecting players from the danger of concussions—serious injuries caused by a blow to the head.

“By raising awareness of the serious risks associated with concussions and ensuring that the appropriate guidelines are in place, we can reduce the number of young athletes who may return to the game too soon, which can put their health at further risk,” said AMA Board Member Jack Resneck Jr., M.D., in a statement.

The policy recommends that young athletes who may have a concussion be taken off the field as soon as possible. Then, they are only to return to their sport with a doctor’s written approval. The policy also sets age-specific guidelines for health care professionals and athletic organizations in evaluating and caring for concussions.

Knowing the Facts

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury cause by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or hit to

‘Family Member’ Lemmy Kilmister

Hours after learning of his death on Monday, WWE paid homage to Motörhead bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister during Raw with a short tribute to the legendary rocker’s on- and off-stage heroics, and close ties to the world of wrestling.

“Lemmy was so important to everything we’ve done here from an entertainment standpoint over the past number of years,” said commentator Michael Cole, who also called the rocker a “longtime member of [the WWE] family.”

As his cohort John “Bradshaw” Layfield noted, Motörhead performed at several WrestleManias, while Kilmister was also a close friend WWE star Triple H, who has used Motörhead’s “The Game” and “King of Kings” as his entrance themes over the years. “Lemmy, you lived life your way,” Layfield added. “We should all be so lucky.”

Raw then ran a short-but-sweet montage comprising photos of Lemmy and Motörhead on stage — including some scenes from those WrestleMania performances — and Twitter remembrances from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho and Triple H.

Triple H tweeted, “One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end. See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound.”

Earlier this month, Motörhead’s classic “Ace of Spades” had also been used as an

Happy New Year, John Cena

And speaking of, John Cena returned to help seduce some more eyeballs, the Wyatt Family and Dudley Boyz were among those who pulled a Leftovers and, poof, disappeared from sight, and the League of Nations kept doing whatever it is they do to further their quest for world domination. Or something like that.

But before Heath Slater interrupts me with a surprise entrance to talk about his New Year’s resolutions and get knocked out by Big Show, here are the five key things (in addition to the usual accompaniment of Twitter-friendly sidebar fodder) I took away from the December 28, 2015 edition of Raw. 

5. Where’s J&J When You Need ‘Em?
Good security is hard to find. Just ask the McMahons after last night. The plainclothes officers Stephanie corralled to force Reigns out of the building as comeuppance for putting his hands on dear papa wound up bullying she and Vince around instead. But hey, this is Brooklyn – they don’t take no guff. Or at least that’s what I inferred from one hell of an incoherent (and uncomfortable) opening segment. Still, this points to only one solution: The return of everyone’s favorite pint-sized, earpiece-accessorized dynamic body-guarding

Holly Holm KOs Ronda in UFC 193 Shocker

Holm shocked the world early Sunday morning, knocking out Rousey with a skull-rattling head kick in the second round to take her Women’s Bantamweight title, in what is arguably the greatest upset in UFC history. Rousey (12-1) had run through every opponent she faced in her career and built an aura that was compared by UFC President Dana White to Mike Tyson in his prime. Holm (10-0), a 16-1 betting underdog, was touted as Rousey’s greatest challenge to date. And she lived up to that billing, as she picked her opponent apart before finishing the fight in the second.

“Getting in here I just had so much love and support,” Holm told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in her post-fight interview. “I just felt like, ‘How could I not do this with all that love?’ I had so much.”

From the opening moments of their main event, it was clear Holm was a threat unlike any Rousey had seen. She landed clean counterstrikes on her overly aggressive opponent and inflicted noticeable bruising on Rousey’s face.
Known for her fast-paced fighting style, Rousey continued to press forward and exchange on her feet. At one point, “Rowdy” attempted to use her