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#RememberWhensdays, Golden Tate, NFL, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks -

In a nationally televised ESPN Monday Night Football game, Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson launched what is now an infamous Hail Mary pass into the end zone. With seconds left on the clock, Seattle was down 12-7 against the Green Bay Packers. What happened next caused one of the league’s biggest controversies. To make room […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Boxing, Muhammad Ali -

Ahead of his “Battle of New Orleans” fight against 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leon Spinks, it was hard to tell that Muhammad Ali had shockingly lost their previous bout, which was named The Ring magazine’s upset of the year. “I want you to know I’m real serious for this fight,” Ali said. “Put your money […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets, WNBA -

A little more than two weeks before the Houston Comets played the New York Liberty in the 1999 WNBA Finals, the franchise lost one of its beloved players, Kim Perrot. The fiery point guard sat out the season while fighting a seven-month battle with a rare lung cancer that affects nonsmokers. But Perrot was very […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Army, Arthur Ashe, Joe Reeder, Johnnie Ashe, U.S. Open, UCLA, United States Tennis Association, USTA, West Point -

Arthur Ashe Jr. always wanted to make a profound change. Before he stepped on a tennis court, he perused encyclopedias and absorbed everything he could about London, France and Australia as a child. His plan was to play in Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open, so he needed to be well-versed on not only […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Beijing Olympics 2008, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

When Usain Bolt broke the world record for the 100-meter sprint in front of 91,000 fans at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was running on two helpings of chicken nuggets and a day spent watching his favorite TV shows and sleeping. He didn’t disclose to curious media members the type of sauce he used. If […]

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#RememberWhensdays, 1948 Olympics, Alice Coachman, High jump, Track And Field -

Rain was starting to come down as the closing women’s track and field event of the 1948 Summer Olympics was coming to an end. To that point, no American woman had taken the gold medal in any of the competitions. Alice Coachman changed that by soaring an unprecedented 5 feet, 6 1/8 inches in the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Barcelona Olympics 1992, heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track And Field -

After Jackie Joyner-Kersee completed the two-day, seven-event heptathlon, 10,000 fans sitting in Montjuic Stadium watched as she sauntered around the track one last time. A thick cloud shrouded the stadium and hung in the warm Barcelona air, just as fans who were preparing for an evening party that started at dark hung around the venue […]

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#RememberWhensdays, 2011 Tour de France, Cycling, Tour de France, Yohann Gène -

After 14 years of training, riding in minor cycling tours, winning two stages in the Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Gabon, and one at the Tour of South Africa, Yohann Gene finally earned approval from his longtime coach and Europcar manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau to race in the 2011 Tour de France. Even though Gene’s main assignment was […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Brooklyn Dodgers, Don Newcombe, Jackie Robinson, Joe Gilliam, Milwaukee Braves, MLB, Roy Campanella, Sandy Amoros -

Walter Alston had no intention of playing Sandy Amoros in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ July 17, 1954, matchup versus the Milwaukee Braves. The Cuban outfielder was batting .361 with 50 runs batted in and 13 home runs in 66 games, but his tumultuous run through the Dodgers’ farm system had given Brooklyn’s manager pause about calling […]

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#RememberWhensdays, MLB, MLB All-Star Game, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Reggie Jackson -

Reggie Jackson wasn’t supposed to play in the 1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was a last-minute add to the lineup after the Minnesota Twins’ Tony Oliva had to drop out with an injury. The Oakland A’s right fielder wasn’t in much better shape than Oliva because of a strained left hamstring. As it […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Althea Gibson, Darlene Hard, Tennis, Wimbledon -

Althea Gibson wasn’t fazed by the 100-degree heat on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The top seed wasn’t worried about the 17,000 spectators gathered in the stands. The pressure of becoming the first black tennis player to win the prestigious Grand Slam tournament didn’t concern her either. After an easy straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) victory over Darlene Hard, […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Chicago Blackhawks, Dirk Graham, NHL -

Coming off a 30-39-13 record, 0-6-1 season-ending finish and the Chicago Blackhawks’ first season without a playoff berth in 29 years, team owner and president Bill Wirtz spent two months navigating the murky waters of a NHL coaching search. Wirtz and general manager Bob Murray had flirted with the idea of Terry Murray or Barry […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Chris Bosh, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA, Ray Allen, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker -

Security personnel at AmericanAirlines Arena were already bringing out the yellow rope to mark off the court. Miami Heat fans decided they weren’t interested in seeing their team lose the 2013 NBA Finals and then have to sit in traffic, so they were out the door. But 28 seconds proved to be more than enough […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Charlie Sifford, Golf, Teddy Rhodes, U.S. Open -

As Charlie Sifford worked his way through the first nine holes on the opening day of the 1959 U.S. Open, he grimaced with each swing. These were supposed to be the best four days of his life. He and Teddy Rhodes were playing one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments two years before the sport’s governing […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, LeBron James, NBA -

It is no small detail that the night LeBron James came into the full weight of his nickname, “King James,” he did so at an arena called The Palace. In that Game 5 matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward did to the Detroit Pistons what Oprah Winfrey often did to the guests who attended her live […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Orlando Magic -

As his three teammates on the court ran frantically to their positions, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James casually took two quick and small hops to the left. Then he planted his left foot and aggressively faked as if he was going to the basket. It was all a ruse. He put his forearm in Hedo Türkoğlu’s […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers -

When Earvin “Magic” Johnson boarded the Los Angeles Lakers’ team plane to Philadelphia, he decided to make a bold move and take Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s seat in the first row. Abdul-Jabbar had suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 5 of the 1980 NBA Finals and wouldn’t be available for Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers. […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers -

Bobby Jones waited patiently as Julius “Dr. J” Erving separated from his defender and sprinted from the right block to the right elbow. With 7:35 left in Game 4 of the 1980 NBA Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, Dr. J was about to add another signature play to basketball history. Jones’ […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Riots, MLB, NBA, Rodney King -

Four Los Angeles officers beat Rodney King to a bloody pulp after he led them on a high-speed chase on March 3, 1991. Even after King was subdued, the four white officers took turns delivering blows to his body. Even though black people historically have had reason to believe the justice system does not come […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Bernard King, Darrell Walker, Detroit Pistons, Isiah Thomas, NBA, New York Knicks -

With 1 minute, 56 seconds remaining, an eight-point deficit and the weight of winning a playoff series for the first time in eight years on his shoulders, the Detroit Pistons’ Isiah Thomas began a staggering offensive attack against the New York Knicks. The record crowd of 21,208 at Joe Louis Arena watched as the 6-foot-1 […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, NBA -

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird could have sworn the individual who dropped a historic 63 points in a playoff game was actually God dolled up as Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan. But quite frankly, if God was going to lace up a pair of sneakers, play a double-overtime contest and break Elgin Baylor’s 24-year-old record, […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, Ray Allen, Utah Jazz -

On April 3, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 106-102 to move to 42-36 on the season, marking the franchise’s first back-to-back winning seasons since 2001. One night later, after the Detroit Pistons dropped a contest to the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive year, the first time the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, C. Vivian Stringer, Cheyney University, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, NCAA Tournament, NCW -

The championship game for the NCAA’s first Division I women’s basketball tournament was a matchup between C. Vivian Stringer’s Cheyney University, the country’s first historically black college or university (HBCU), and top-ranked Louisiana Tech. A sellout crowd at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, and a CBS television audience watched on March 28, 1982, […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Kenny Washington, Los Angeles Rams, NFL -

There was no rule that banished black players from the NFL during the 1930s and ’40s. Team owners conveniently just didn’t sign any for 13 years. The Cleveland Rams, who were relocating to Los Angeles, changed that. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in which the team wanted to play was publicly owned, meaning it was […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Connie Morgan, Indianapolis Clowns, Kansas City Monarchs, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, MLB, Negro League, Toni Stone -

Syd Pollock never saw an opportunity for publicity that he didn’t like. The owner of the Indianapolis Clowns brought on Toni Stone, the first woman to sign an official contract and play in the Negro Leagues, for that very reason in April 1953. Oh, don’t get it twisted. Pollock signed Stone to the Clowns, the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Billy Bruton, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Elston Howard, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Los Angeles Dodgers, Maury Wills, Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente, Vada Pinson, Wendell Smith -

Major League Baseball wanted its black and white players to integrate at team hotels and venues during spring training. The state of Florida did not want integration. That’s how 12 of MLB’s 18 teams found themselves in the middle of an intense standoff during this week in 1961. Whispers about pulling out of the Sunshine […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Atlanta Hawks, Lenny Wilkens, NBA, Seattle SuperSonics -

Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens paced along the sideline, his arms folded, his face stoic. It wasn’t until Craig Ehlo nailed a 3-pointer to give Atlanta a 71-62 lead over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers with 42.1 seconds left that Wilkens cracked a smile. He was moments away from becoming the first NBA coach with 1,000 […]

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#RememberWhensdays, MLB, Montreal Expos, Tim Raines -

Get paid, Tim Raines. And get paid the Montreal Expos outfielder did by betting on himself in the 13th and final case decided by an arbitrator in 1985. Was any other outcome expected for the National League base-stealing champion? Tom Roberts, the federal arbitrator who heard the case in Chicago on Feb. 21, 1985, awarded […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Calgary Flames, Hockey, Jarome Iginla, NHL, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Olympics 2002, Team Canada, Team USA -

No one could really pinpoint why Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla displayed such humility after leading Canada to its first gold medal in hockey in 50 years at the Winter Olympics in 2002. Maybe it was because he still couldn’t believe his childhood idol Wayne Gretzky not only picked him as the person to replace […]

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#RememberWhensdays, 1986 NBA All-Star Game, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, Spud Webb -

Atlanta Hawks guard Anthony “Spud” Webb needed a favor bigger than himself. So large was his need for tickets to the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas that he hit up his trusted local scalpers for three tickets for his sisters, two for his brothers and one apiece for his parents. The scalpers even threw in […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Denver Nuggets, Michael Adams, NBA, New Jersey Nets -

If only there was a do-over for the Western Conference All-Star reserves. Over the course of 12 days and six games, Denver Nuggets guard Michael Adams made a case for why coaches should have voted him onto the 1991 Western Conference All-Star team. The numbers looked something like the lotto: 27, 24, 31, 37, 41 […]

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#RememberWhensdays, 1986 NHL All-Star Game, Edmonton Oilers, Grant Fuhr, NHL -

Sometimes saving a goal came down to Edmonton Oiler Grant Fuhr using his face mask. He stopped the Prince of Wales Conference All-Stars in a variety of ways, actually. Fuhr laid out to block their shots. He put the kibosh on Philadelphia’s Tim Kerr on a three-on-two break and stopped Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux on the […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Bill Spiller, Eural Clark, Golf, Joe Louis, Michael Jordan, PGA, San Diego Open -

If Joe Louis was going to be denied entry into the $10,000 San Diego Open by the Professional Golfers Association and PGA president Horton Smith, he was going to first deliver several devastating, public body blows. “I want people to know what the PGA is,” Louis told The New York Times on Jan. 14, 1952. […]

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