Category Archives: Sports

BROKEN ICE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the last century the rivers, lakes, and ponds froze solid during the New England winters. Fishing shacks were dragged onto the ice and young boys played hockey in sub-zero temperatures with fires blazing on shore to warm frostbit fingers and toes. Daring teenagers drove across the smooth surfaces and their big Detroit cars […]

BETTING THE OTHER WAY by Peter Nolan Smith

The underdog New York Jets’ surprise victory over the formidable Baltimore Colts in 1967 transformed The Super Bowl into an American institution. Ever since that upset gambling has been an important element of that tradition and for the week before the NFL’s final game the diamond dealers and jewelers on 47th Street wagered on the […]

ONLY A GAME by Peter Nolan Smith

Argentina beat West Germany in the 1986 World Cup of Football. The victors had reached the finals thanks to an unexpected quarter-final victory over England thanks to a goal off the fist of striker Diego Maradona. The media have since labeled the controversial goal ‘the Hand of God’. Few people in the USA were aware […]

10 Cent Beer Night

Nothing says fun like 10 Cent Beer Night at Cleveland Stadium. 35 years ago the Indians were drawing 8000 a game. The executives came up with the promo of 10 cent Strohs Beer. June 4, 1974 as much beer as you can drink. The late MEET THE PRESS commentator Tim Russert attended the game. “I […]

Lets Play Two

The Yankee destiny was built on a single trade, when the owner of the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to finance a Broadway production of NO NO NANETTE. $200,000 for a flop and the curse lasted 68 years. While the Sultan of Swat might have been the most memorable hitter of the Damn Yankees, over […]