Monday, August 24, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Career in Review: Reggie Miller

Sports Philosopher: Career in Review: Reggie Miller: The game was virtually never over with Reggie Miller. He never quit, and he was solely out there to win the game. Okay, and talk a little s...

Friday, August 14, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 14th

This Day in Sports History on August 14th stays on a positive note.

August 14th, 1936 - The Olympics first basketball gold medal was won by the United States as they beat Canada 19 - 8. The final was held in Berlin in an outdoor venue. The final game was held on a sand tennis court. A total of 19 countries participated.

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August 14th, 1990 - The California Angels hit an inside the ballpark grand slam home run versus the New York Yankees. The Angles Luis Polonia hit the sprinting dinger off of Tim Leary of the Yankees, a team that he longed to play for. The Angels beat the Yankees that day 9 - 5.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 12th

This Day in Sports History August 12th

August 12th, 1956 - Mickey Mantle hits 7 Home Runs in the 8 days to reach the 41st Home Run of the year. The Mick ended the season with 52 tape measure shots.

August 12th, 1994 - The +MLB starts their 5th strike. This does not include 3 lockouts. The 1994-95 strike cancelled the entire 1994 post-season. It was the longest strike in MLB history lasting 232 days beating the record set by the 1981 strike. The strike ended on April 2nd, 1995.
This strike dealt with implementing a salary cap due to small market teams feeling that they would not be able to survive or become irrelevant. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 9th

On this day in sports history for August 9th we look at Jesse Owens, and Barry Bonds.

1936 - On this day in sports history, Jesse Owens gathers his 4th Gold Medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

Jesse Owens Artwork Link

2002 - On this day in sports history, Barry Bonds hits his 600th home run to be part of a group that included only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays at that time in history to hit greater than the 600 home runs.

Barry Bonds Artwork Link

Friday, August 7, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 7th

On this day in sports history, August 7th, Greg Maddux becomes the 22nd pitcher in +MLB history to reach 300 wins in 2004. 
22 might sound like a big number but it is over 100 years that the Majors have been in business. Maddux was one of the calmest precise surgeons on the mound. He did not over power hitters with speed, but it seemed like he made hitters guess at every pitch, and it was usually wrong. He put the ball in places consistently that were the worst places to go after the baseball as a hitter. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sports Philosopher: Coach Quotes

Sports Philosopher: Coach Quotes: "What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots&quo...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History August 4th

Sports Philosopher: This Day in Sports History August 4th: On this day in sports history Rod Carew comes through with his 3,000 career hit in 1985. Also on this day in sports history Robby Ven...

You Are Who You Want to Be. Video.

You can't be who you want to be unless you invest time in yourself. You have the talent, and intelligence in you, now go do it. You can do what you have to do, but strive and work at what you want to do.

 +Eric Thomas is one of my favorite speakers in the country. There are more videos of him that drive these points home. I would love to have him in my classroom just for a day. It would change minds.

The video will inspire these thoughts. Remember, you can.

This Day in Sports History August 4th

On this day in sports history Rod Carew comes through with his 3,000 career hit in 1985.

Also on this day in sports history Robby Ventura decides to charge then 46 year old Nolan Ryan after being lightly plunked on the shoulder by the legendary pitcher in 1993.

Nolan Ryan and Robby Ventura

Monday, August 3, 2015

Today in Sports History August 3rd

On this day in sports history for August 1st, we go back to 1959 when Yankee catcher Yogi
Berra hits a home run in the all-star game of Don Drysdale. It was not until Derek Jeter 41 years later until another Yankee had hit a home run in the Mid-Summer Nights Classic. Yogi's home run was hit in the LA Memorial Coliseum, and become the difference in the win for the American League over the Senior Circuit 5-3.
Another notable even on this day is when Satchel Paige in 1948 pitched his first game as a starter in the Major Leagues coming over from the Negro League. The Hall of Famer pitched 7 innings for the Cleveland Indians, leading them to a victory over the Senators 5-3.

It seems that Sports Philosopher covers Yogi several times on this blog, but he just seems to be one of the most interesting characters of baseball's past. Yes there are tons of interesting characters, but Yogi keeps popping up on the radar when we search for baseball quotes, and history.

Satchel Paige
Yogi Berra

The MLB Triple Play

The momentum plays in sports are tough to generate, and nothing is tougher in baseball than a triple play. As a coach, I never knew something harder to stop than momentum. It is like quicksand, the harder to try to get out the harder it is to get to safety. Enjoy the recent triple play highlights from +Smokey Dawg . +MLB 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This Day in Sports History August 1st

On this day in sports history for August 1st the +MLB , and +NFL  are represented. These articles are probably the easiest to write.


On this day in 1945, the New York Giants outfielder Mel Ott hit his 500th career home run.

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On this day in 1972, Joe Namath signed a two-year deal worth $500,000 with the New York Jets.

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Curry's Injury and History of NBA Injuries

As I frantically read the updates on the Golden State Warriors star guard, Steph Curry, there was one update that said he was okay, but he needs to undergo further testing. As I saw the franchise walk off the court last night, he looked okay. However, I can't tell you what a detriment a concussion can be for repeat head injuries that used to be termed as minor in my playing days. It can affect an entire life in a negative debilitating fashion. Sometimes former players can not pinpoint why they have certain mood swings or ailments, because we take the brain for granted. We will ask is it because it is on kinesthetic limb that may not prohibit movement?
Our Sports Philosopher staff has pinpointed the most important NBA historic comeback from injury of all time. I do recall other sports comebacks of the top of my head like; Byron Leftwich at Marshall, Curt Schilling and the bloody sock, Rajon Rando vs. the Heat, Kirk Gibson with the Dodgers, Kerri Strugg in the Olympics, and the list can go on. However, for us at SP, the most storied NBA comeback was Willis Reed for the New York Knicks in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals.
Willis Reed had a torn muscle in his leg, and waited in the locker room as the teams warmed up. The Lakers were standing and watching as Willis Reed came running out of the tunnel. Whatever, psychological effect it had, the Knicks prevailed with a championship. Providing inspiration for players in the future to risk further damage or feats of courage and strength. Some players choose not to risk their bodies and is that wrong. Does that mean they are not true 'Warriors'?