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How Many Bowl Games Are There?

Updated for 2016/2017 In the early days of television, there were three TV networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS, and on New Year’s Day they broadcast four major bowl games: The Cotton Bowl (Dallas,) the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans,) The Rose … Continue reading

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Berlin Hosts the Olympic Games, and Hitler Gets a Surprise

The year was 1936. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was published, and went on to sell 1.5 million copies that year; in Britain, Edward VIII gave up the throne so he could marry “the woman I love;” in Arizona, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Football

Football got its start sometime before 1820, when groups of boys in New England started kicking a ball with the idea of getting it somewhere and scoring something. Slowly, one group influenced another group, and by the 1840s, a number … Continue reading

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The NFL merges with the AFL, and Green Bay wins Superbowl I

For 40 years, the National Football League reigned supreme, albeit in relative obscurity, until after WWII, when football began to rival baseball in popularity. While other leagues came and went, none seriously challenged the dominance of the NFL until 1960, … Continue reading

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History of Baseball – Part 1

Every decade, the government discovers a crisis so dire it can only be ameliorated by spending huge amounts of tax dollars. Continue reading

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History of Baseball – Part 2

Every decade, the government discovers a crisis so dire it can only be ameliorated by spending huge amounts of tax dollars. Continue reading

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