Amid all of the end-of-the-decade rumblings about the NBA, everyone talks about how bad the New York Knicks were from 2010-2019. Well, let me take you back to a previous decade, where things may have even been worse.
My second book will be published Sept. 1. What’s it about? The most controversial finish in the history of sports.
The U.S. basketball team had won 63 games in a row in the Olympics. In 1972, against its Cold War rival, the Soviet Union, the United States won the gold medal game two times. But each time the head of international basketball defied the rules and ordered that 3 seconds be put on the clock to give the Soviets a chance.
The U.S. lost by a point on the final play, and the players became the only Olympic athletes ever to reject their medals – and they have continued to reject them nearly 50 years later.
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London abounds with choices, from museums to cruises to spots for tea. Here are five must-do items to make your next trip more pleasurable.
- Tea at Claridge’s. This venerable hotel offers an incredibly gracious tea, including Champagne, finger sandwiches and – if you attend during Wimbledon – pastries shaped like tennis balls.
- The Wallace Collection. Armor and swords mingle with paintings and furniture in an elegant three-story building.
- Churchill War Rooms. See not only the space where World War II strategy was hatched but learn about arguably the greatest historical figure of the 20th
- CityCruises. Relax while a witty tour guide shows you buildings both historic and modern along the Thames River
- Uber. Not as nice as London’s spacious cabs but much cheaper.
Read about how Don Pierson and Dan Pompei created a scrapbook covering 100 years of Chicago Bears’ history.
The bougainvillea at San Ysidro Ranch.
A few days in Santa Barbara and its environs can brighten the heart of any Chicagoan tired of an endlessly rainy spring.
Here are four spots worth visiting:
1) Liam Maguire’s. An array of beers is on tap (try the Cape Cod Blond); the Woods Holier Burger with portobello mushrooms is an excellent choice. You may even be able to hear a guitar-strumming entertainer at the Irish pub.
2) Old Silver Beach. The sand bar stretches out for at least 50 yards, making it a perfect spot for kids. See who can stay standing on the floating Maui Mats – large enough to fit at least half a dozen youngsters.
3) Falmouth Commodores. Aside from Major League Baseball, the sound of wooden bats has almost disappeared. But it’s still audible at the home of the local squad in the Cape Cod Baseball League, where greats such as Sid Bream and Tino Martinez played.
Sometimes it takes an emergency airplane landing to spur people to write down their dreams. That’s what happened to Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. As he told me almost 20 years ago, one dream was to own a hockey team. The once-beleaguered franchise he bought is now the #StanleyCup champion. What Ted said in 1999