In basketball history, mascots haven’t been around as long as the teams themselves, but in recent years they’ve become almost as recognizable as the basketball players. The mascots sport their teams’ basketball uniforms and demonstrate their versions of basketball moves. Knowing how to play basketball isn’t really necessary, but knowing how to dunk is, according to an ad announcing an opening for the Washington Wizards mascot reposted on FriendlyBounce. “Extensive” gymnastics experience is valued over basketball skills, as is previous experience as a mascot, if you wanna make it as an NBA mascot. Read More
Sports teams logos are synonymous with the teams themselves, identifying them to fans the world over. In baseball, for example, the New York Yankees’ well-known interlocked “N” and “Y” immediately call to mind pictures of baseball, the roar of the fans over familiar stadium organ music and the smell of popcorn, peanuts, hotdogs and other ballpark treats. Even people who aren’t baseball fans can pick the Yankees’ logo out of a lineup. That could be because it’s one of the oldest, if not the oldest, logos still in use. According to Complex, the iconic logo was introduced in 1909 and is number one on their list of the 25 Best Athletic Logos of All Time. Read More
What would a weekend afternoon be without television sports? It’s hard to imagine life before ESPN, sportnews, televised basketball tournaments, World Series Games and, the king of them all, the Superbowl. Yet, when television was brand-new, football, basketball, baseball and every other sport imaginable wasn’t readily available for viewing whenever a person had a yen to while away the time watching their favorite team — or any team — compete. Read More
Most baseball fans have fantasized one time or another about what it would be like to be on the “inside.” More than a fly on the wall — an actual part of the team. Bill “Hondo” Hongach is one person who lived the dream from an early age. Starting out as a batboy for the Yankees, baseball was essentially part of Hondo’s life in some form from that point on. Hongach describes the memories and scenes from his life with crystal clarity, an accomplishment that will astonish readers from the start considering the first scene in the book describes Hondo being brutally beaten by Pete Rose’s second in command, a pounding that resulted in a four day coma for Hongach. Read More
Whether you’re a sports novice who would like to understand football better, or you’re a football fanatic who thinks he knows everything there is to know about the game, a football guide is a useful tool. The NFL football guide, arguably the top authoritative guide, outlines the fine points of the game, including number of players on a football team, size of the playing field and the length of the game and individual increments of play time. As with anything you want to study up on and master, a football guide will sharpen your knowledge and understanding of the game and increase your football expertise. Read More
If you trust the well-worn axiom “as American as baseball and apple pie” to reveal what the most popular sport in the nation is, you won’t quite hit the mark. According to ESPN and a 2014 Harris Poll, pro football is the real most popular sport in America, and has been for 30 years running. While Harris went out and actually asked adults what sport they most enjoyed, the number of Internet sites that sell football shirts and other apparel and gear emblazoned with team logos would also be an accurate indication of football’s popularity. Though CSN Washington reveals that the NFL doesn’t release sales numbers, they do list the rankings of sports jersey sales, saying that Robert Griffin III’s number 10 Redskins jersey is the best seller of all-time. Read More
It doesn’t matter whether a kid is accident prone or not. The very essence of their energetic, active natures puts them at risk for accidents that will end in sprains, if you’re lucky, or broken bones, for the less fortunate. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says that up to 25 percent of girls and 40 percent of boys will suffer from a broken thighbone during the course of their childhood. That’s just the number on thighbones — it doesn’t even address breaks of the tibia or fibula (lower leg bones), ankles, feet, arms, hands or ribs.
Whether an injury occurs while fooling around playing family sports or during the serious competition of a youth soccer game or other sporting activities for kids, it’s essential that you are able to tell the difference between a broken bone and a sprain. Both are painful and require medical attention, but a broken bone is obviously more serious and should be attended to by a doctor ASAP. Read More
There’s a reason famous sports quotes are famous, and it has only a little to do with the fact that they’re coined by famous athletes. Whether you’re a fan of football, soccer, basketball, baseball or another athletic endeavor, the quotes that make a lasting impact are inspirational. Whether they’re first uttered to a broadcaster on a sportsnews program or you read them in an article or sports biography, they’re words that motivate and encourage you, and they tend to be memorable. Read More
According to the Macon Orthopaedics and Integrative Sports Medicine Center, sports medicine is focused on the diagnosis, management and prevention of exercise and sport-related injuries. Yet it isn’t necessarily the best practices in football training or basketball drills that’s making sports medicine headlines these days. Instead, what’s topping current news headlines is the American Council on Sports Medicine’s recently launched initiative that’s aimed at getting GP’s and family practitioners on board with exercise. It’s an idea that makes sense. After all, who is in a better position to recommend exercise for improved health than a doctor? Read More
Every day on playground courts across the country, kids dream of being basketball superstars. They practice their shots, try to learn how to jump higher and work on their offense and defensive moves. By the time they reach high school, some have become interested in other sports, but there are still those who try out for the school team with the goal in mind of playing for college or even making it to the NBA.
While pro basketball players are commonly over 6 1/2 feet tall, height isn’t an absolute requirement to play basketball, for fun or even professionally. TopTenz lists the 10 shortest NBA players, and they’re all 5 feet 11 inches tall or shorter, the three shortest being: