The 1974 Cleveland Indians baseball team "were a smorgasbord of mediocre and forgettable talent playing in an open-air mausoleum
" where 85% of the seats at home games went unsold. So the Indians tried to drum up business with a "10-Cent Beer Night
" promotion. What could possibly go wrong? The final tally, 40 years ago this evening: 25,134 fans in attendance. 60,000 Genesee beers at 10¢ each. 50 cops. 19 streakers. 7 emergency room injuries. 9 arrests. 2 bare moons. 2 bouncing breasts and 1 sportswriter, punched in the jaw
. [more inside]
Tonight is the 35th Anniversary of one the most famous chants in American Sports.
On Feb 25, 1979, Denis Potvin
, NHL Hall-of-Famer, 5 time Stanley Cup Champion, and Captain of the New York Islanders
laid a hard check on New York Rangers
forward Ulf Nilsson
. That hit effectively ended Nilsson's career, and made Potvin the target of unending abuse from Ranger fans. Rangers fans have never forgotten nor forgiven Potvin. To this day, regardless of which team the Rangers are playing that night, if someone whistle's the first few bars of "Let's Go Band
," all of Madison Square Garden will erupt in a chant of "Potvin Sucks!"
Hailed as a Billionaire
by a compliant media, Craig Whyte
then bought Glasgow Rangers
, one of the world's oldest soccer teams, for a Pound
A Blog started
, doubting the media spin. The BBC started to raise doubts
. Rangers fans protested
outside the BBC. When Rangers then went bust
, they were somewhat surprised
. George Galloway Laughs
, Fans Sing
, and Officials
. The journo who claimed Whyte to be a Billionaire is made "Scottish Journalist of the Year"
by a former chief judge
The Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series for the first time in their 40-year history in Game 6
Thursday night. Twice. [more inside]
Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone dies
following a 20-foot fall at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
, Texas while trying to catch a foul ball
. Stone's 6-year-old son was in attendance and witnessed the fall. The death comes months after another ballpark fatality
at Coors Field in Denver. (VIDEO
was destined to be an all-star baseball player
, selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
as the #1 draft pick
in the 1999 MLB draft. By 2002, though, he was a bust
, beset by injuries, spending his days downing an entire bottle of Crown Royal
and snorting cocaine. [more inside]
ESPN's Paul Jackson tells the tale of 10-Cent Beer Night
and the ensuing riot in Cleveland on June 4, 1974.
was one of Scotland's greatest
ever players. Today sees two of his former clubs Rangers
battle it out in a cup final, or Coop final
as it has been called.
A fitting tribute if ever there was one.
Heckling? Good Natured Fun or Verbal Abuse
The recent assault of a fan by Texas Rangers' reliever Frank Francisco with a folding chair is inexcusable, there's no doubt about that. But what about the fans who literally spend every moment at the park needling, heckling and verbally abusing the players?
There's a difference between ribbing the opposing team and calling an athlete a fat f***. Where does the line get drawn and why is any heckling permitted anymore?
There's a new elite force protecting the wilderness in Canada; a duo whose love of the bush has become more than a vocation, it has become a calling. This is the story of some rangers who, unlike Mounties, aren't interested in getting their man. Meet the Lesbian Park Rangers
and this man
will be working together next year. Think this man
is feeling better about his decision to quit?
Tex. Rangers buy shortstop Rodriguez for $252 million...
yikes!! That's way too much money for baseball franchises to be spending, or is it? [via usr/bin/girl