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A Look Back at Battle of the Network Stars

Television viewers of the late 1970s who craved a combination of amateur athletics plus celebrity skin (mixed together with more cheese than a Wisconsin souvenir shop) had to look no further than Battle of the Network Stars. Inspired somewhat by ABC’s popular Wide World of Sports Superstars—an annual competition of professional athletes competing in a [...]

Mikhail Gorbachev: Pizza Hut Spokesman

Happy belated birthday to Mikhail Gorbachev, who turned 81 yesterday. After seeing his stint as a Pizza Hut spokesman, we have to wonder if he’s celebrating with a couple of pies: If you’re wondering what the former Soviet leader is doing hawking fast food, well, you’re not alone. The unorthodox 1997 career move raised the eyebrows [...]

10 Mostly Obscure Indy 500 Facts Sure to Impress Your Friends, at Least on a Slow-Lane Kind of Day

1. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway spans 253 acres and includes a golf course. The track publicity department points out that Churchill Downs, Yankees Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum and Vatican City can all fit inside. It’s a good thing they never did that. The pre-1981 infield in Turn 1, famously known as The [...]

The Greatest College Prank Ever Pulled

It’s been called the greatest college prank ever pulled: in 1961 Rose Bowl, a team of Caltech students altered the University of Washington’s halftime flip-card routine so it’d spell out “CALTECH.” Here’s how they did it, as told by the mastermind of the stunt (a then 19-year old student) Lyn Hardy: “There was a lot of luck [...]

Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble

Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters — times are hard, there’s no question. But times have been harder. We’ve been through worse and bounced back. If nothing else, I hope this week’s Talking Pictures helps, in some small way, to put our own problems in perspective. Courtesy Angelica Paez One of my jobs 20 miles from home I’d go anywhere [...]

How Did Cameron Get an Indoor Stadium? The Names Behind 12 College Arenas

Now that college basketball season is in full swing, hoops fans are hearing a lot about teams’ home arenas during broadcasts. While it’s easy to figure out the origins of many of these namesake arenas—basketball fans surely know where Rupp Arena and the Dean Smith Center got their names—some aren’t as clear. Who was Cameron, [...]

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year’s Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas. I’m really not interested in the Rose Bowl itself at all – in fact, I think I’m swearing off football in 2010 following my painful Fantasy Football loss to [...]

11 Famous Roommates From the World of Sports

Most of us remember our college roommates as partners in crime who ate all our Easy Mac. Some famous athletes may remember their roommates as “that four-time Super Bowl winner who slept on the bottom bunk,” though. Here’s a look at 11 famous roommate pairings from the world of sports: 1. Tony Dungy and Flip Saunders The [...]

The Non-Football Jobs of 12 Coaching Legends

You see them stalking the sidelines every time you flip on a game, but how well do you know where some of the game’s top coaches got their starts? Most coaches spend their entire lives coaching in some capacity, but a few of the all-time greats have gotten some interesting paychecks outside of football. Take [...]