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What do Babe Ruth and Mia Hamm have in common? The joy of competition, yes. The adulation of millions. And recognition on our list. For us, it’s about the thrill of victory. If you expect the agony of defeat, look elsewhere.

Sports: Johnny Unitas

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Featured, Sports | 1 comment

Johnny U. can’t be credited with single-handedly making the NFL into America’s favorite sports league. Nor was he the...

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Sports: Man o’ War

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Man o’ War

Think of him as “Secretariat: The Prequel.” In 1920, the Triple Crown of horse racing had not yet been recognized as the...

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Sports: Mia Hamm

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Sports | 1 comment

As Americans revel in our improbable and wildly dramatic Women’s World Cup victory over Brazil this week, lots of us remembered back...

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Sports: Mary Lou Retton

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Mary Lou Retton

Everyone knows you can’t become a world champion gymnast if you live in Fairmont, West Virginia. But that didn’t stop Mary Lou...

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Sports: Daytona 500

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Daytona 500

It’s the Super Bowl of stock car racing, and it’s run each year just a few weeks following that game, the biggest event in...

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Sports: Sam Snead

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Sam Snead

“Slammin’ Sammy” Snead is one of the sub-class of professional golfers whose personality almost eclipses their talent. He...

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Sports: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Sports: Pro Football Hall of Fame

  It’s unfortunate that professional football (then the American Professional Football Association) had its origins in Canton,...

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Sports: The Boston Marathon

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: The Boston Marathon

  When Patriots Day approaches (that’s the third Monday in April, for those of you non-Massachusettians. Massachusetters. Bay...

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Sports: The Harlem Globetrotters

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Sports | 1 comment

  The first whistled notes of “Sweet Georgia Brown” let you know that basketball wizardry — and more important, lots of laughs...

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Sports: David Robinson

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in Sports | 1 comment

  There are two kinds of athletes we cheer for. First are those who perform for our favorite teams, easily identified by their team...

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