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The Steagles is the name for the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelersand the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. The teams were forced to merge because both had lost many players to military service during World War II. The league’s official record book refers to the team as “Phil-Pitt Combine”.

 
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(IMPORTANT PASSAGES BOLD – WE KNOW YOU HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE)
The 1923 FA Cup Final was an association football match between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United on 28 April 1923 at the original Wembley Stadium in London. The showpiece match of English football’s primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the FA Cup), it was the first football match to be played at Wembley Stadium. King George V was in attendance to present the trophy to the winning team.

Each team had progressed through five rounds to reach the final. Bolton Wanderers won 1–0 in every round from the third onwards, and David Jack scored the lone goal each time. West Ham United faced opposition from the Second Division or lower in each round, the first time this had occurred since the introduction of multiple divisions in the Football League. West Ham took three attempts to defeat Southampton in the fourth round but then easily defeated Derby County in the semi-final, scoring five goals.

The final was preceded by chaotic scenes as vast crowds surged into the stadium, far exceeding its official capacity of approximately 125,000. A crowd estimated at up to 300,000 gained entrance and the terraces overflowed, with the result that spectators found their way into the area around the pitch and even onto the playing area itself. Mounted policemen, including one on a light-coloured horse which became the defining image of the day, had to be brought in to clear the crowds from the pitch and allow the match to take place. The match began 45 minutes late as crowds stood around the perimeter of the pitch. Although West Ham started strongly, Bolton proved the dominant team for most of the match and won 2–0. David Jack scored a goal two minutes after the start of the match and Jack Smith added a controversial second goal during the second half. The pre-match events prompted discussion in the House of Commons and led to the introduction of safety measures for future finals. The match is often referred to as the “White Horse Final” and is commemorated by the White Horse Bridge at the new Wembley Stadium.

The kiss and cry is the area in an ice rink where figure skaters wait for their marks to be announced after their performances during a figure skating competition. The skaters and coaches often kiss to celebrate after a good performance, or cry after a poor one. The area is usually located in the corner or end of the rink and is furnished with a bench or chairs for the skaters and coaches and monitors to display the competition results. It is often elaborately decorated with flowers or some other backdrop for television shots and photos of the skaters as they react to their performance and scores.

RAGBRAI is an acronym for Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

It is a non-competitive bicycle ride across Iowa that draws recreational riders from across the United States and overseas.

http://ragbrai.com

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Hey sports/pencil fans – FYI, ESPN College Gameday’s own Lee Corso is the director of business development for Dixon Ticonderoga – the Heathrow, Florida pencil manufacturing company.

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Samuel Dewey Byrd (October 15, 1906 – May 11, 1981) was an American professional baseball player and professional golfer. He went by both “Sammy” and “Sam”.

Byrd was born in Bremen, Georgia but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He played Major League Baseball from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. Byrd’s nickname was “Babe Ruth’s Legs”, a reference to the fact that he often would appear as a pinch runner at the end of games toward the latter part of Ruth’s career.

In 1936, Byrd quit baseball to pursue a career in professional golf. He won six events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946. He lost the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4&3, in match play.

Byrd is also the only person to have played in a World Series and competed in golf’s Masters Tournament. He made one appearance in the1932 World Series (game 4) while playing for the New York Yankees – as a defensive replacement for Babe Ruth – in the bottom of the 9th inning. He finished twice in the top 10 at the Masters: third in 1941 and fourth in 1942. During his last appearance in 1948 he tallied the highest score ever at the second hole recording a 10. He finished the round with a 12-over-par 84.

Byrd was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. He died in Mesa, Arizona in 1981 at the age of 74.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Byrd

Cam Newton surprised me today at my MSNBC office.

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Long drive is a competitive sport where success is derived by hitting a golf ball the farthest by driving. A small but dedicated talent base of golfers populate the world of Long-Drive, with the top talent competing professionally in various events and exhibitions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_drive

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http://www.golfchannel.com/news/joe-posnanski/the-story-behind-the-picture-of-hogans-1-iron-shot-at-merion/

There is something about the most famous golf photograph ever taken that you probably do not know and certainly will not believe. I have told it to several people now, and each one immediately said, “Come on, that’s not true.” But it apparently is true or, if nothing else, the hero of our story claimed it was true.

The photograph is … well, if you are a committed golfer you can probably just look up right now (in your office, in your house, at your favorite sports themed restaurant, at your golf club) and see that picture on the wall. And if it’s nowhere nearby, you can probably just close your eyes and see it. The photograph is of Ben Hogan, looking down the fairway of the 18th hole at Merion, standing in perfect balance after hitting the 1-iron shot for the ages…