Toys in the Attic

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Jinxes and Curses

I have stated here before that I don't believe in curses. The "Curse of the Bambino" was a nice story, but the Red Sox were going to win it all sooner or later. I knew that once the Maryland Terrapins, who are my cross to bear, won the basketball title on '02. And I think that the Cubs and White Sox... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

North Dallas Forty

Just got a copy of the Peter Gent novel about a fictitious pro football team at a used book store for a quarter. Had been looking everywhere for it. I first read the book when I was 12. It was 1979. If my mother knew what it was really about, I would have never been able to bring it in the house.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Memorial Stadium, Capital Centre

These were the two arenas where I saw my first sporting events. Believe it or not, the first sporting event that I ever went to was a Washington Capitals hockey game in 1979. We got there late, because my best friend whom I had given the tickets to, lost them and had to search the house to find... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 15, 2005

1973

This was the year that I really began to watch all sports, not just football. I was all of six years old. Here's what I remember from that year: The NFL had only 26 teams. There were no teams in Tennessee, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Arizona, Seattle, and Tampa. The Colts played in Baltimore, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 11, 2005

ESPN'ed Out

I'm sick of ESPN. Have been for some time. My main problem is that they have too many stations. Because of this, they don't have enough programming to fill the time slots. So we get poker, billiards, and spelling bees. WHAT? ESPNNews is good for up to the minute sports. ESPN is what it is. A network... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Let's Have Some Fun

Alright guys(and gals). We watch sports for many reasons, one of which is the female(or male, ladies) sideline reporters and sports anchors. I go back to the days of Phyllis George and Jayne Kennedy on the NFL Today. Back then, they were all we had to choose from. Not anymore. There's Mellisa... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 3, 2005

The Scheduled Doubleheader

Remember those? Not those rainout specials that we have today or the day night version. A real, live scheduled two for one special, usually held on Sundays. Now major league baseball gives us 162 scheduled dates. If one of those dates happens to get rained out, then we might get a doubleheader.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pound Football

I played football as a kid for the Upper Marlboro, MD. boys and girls club Mustangs. I started out with the 80 pound team and moved up in weight until high school. We were located in the county seat of Prince Georges County so we had a lot more money than the other teams in our league from Palmer... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Nicknames

What happened to them? Mine was Buck growing up and my brother's were Bullet and Hickey(not what you're thinking). My sister's had names like Pigpen, Buckethead and Snowball. My father is Ham. And my relatives had names like Mack, Folly, Nibbs, Winks, T.T., Wally Gator, Sandman(for Sandra), Ant,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Washington Federals

The United States Football League came to Washington DC in February 1983. The name of the local team was the Washington Federals. Don't let anyone tell you that the 0-14 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the worst team of all time. No, the Feds were worse. Much worse. They couldn't run, throw, catch,... Sign in to see full entry.

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