Archive for the ‘A Rumors and Rants History Lesson’ Category

Hank Aaron, Brandon Spikes and matters of historical hyperbole

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Our nation's racial history remains treacherous ground. Like any other pile you'd prefer not to step in, it seems to find you when you aren't paying attention. And wearing sandals. Two different athletes trod into that territory this week with their words. One is a living legend with a history of ...

The Greatest Rookie Seasons Ever

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

In honor of Randy Moss' retirement on Monday, I have decided to run over a traffic cop we here at Rumors and Rants have been inspired to look back at some of the greatest rookie seasons in the history of sports. For this purpose, we'll focus on the four major ...

Ireland Joins the Screwed

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Out of everyone who writes for this blog, there is no doubt that I care the least about soccer. I mean, these dudes are calling it "footie" like they're actually European or something. But I do care about Ireland more than anyone on this blog since I actually lived there for ...

A Rumors And Rants History Lesson: Frank Filchock

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

He was a celebrated college hero from my beloved alma mater I had never heard of.  A quarterback so good he stole playing time from Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II only to come home and play a major role in one of ...

A Rumors and Rants History Lesson: Benny DiStefano

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

So far, we’ve taught you about the inspiration for Roy Hobbs and a gift-giving and gift-taking last of his kind. If you noticed, we’re going for obscure here. We want you to learn something. So onto today’s lesson. There was nothing spectacular about Benny DiStefano’s career. Mostly a career minor leaguer, ...

A Rumors and Rants History Lesson: John Hadl

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

He was banished from the NCAA. Coached by the guy who put Rudy in a game. Did something in the NFL only two players have done more of in the game’s history. Coached John Elway and Steve Young. And he was the last of his kind - numerically speaking, that ...

A Rumors and Rants History Lesson: Lefty O’Doul

Monday, May 4th, 2009

We’re going to try out a new feature here at Rumors and Rants. You can call it something of a history lesson. In fact, let’s just go ahead and call it “A Rumors and Rants History Lesson.” Our hopes are to bring to light the stories and achievements of past stars ...