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A Brief History On October 22, 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles due to allegations of illegally using performance enhancing drugs. Digging Deeper Armstrong had won the greatest bicycle race in seven consecutive years, a record performance.  After years of accusations and allegations of cheating, Lance denied the reports, but was banned for life after an investigation.  In 2013, he told the truth and admitted his cheating. Science and pharmacology have made athletic ability reach unnatural levels, starting with steroids, basically forms of testosterone and including other stimulants, growth hormones, blood doping, sleeping…

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A Brief History On October 18, 2012, Marvin Lambert, known in professional wrestling as Brain Damage, was only 34 years old when he was found dead, his death believed to have been self-caused.  While his passing was of course tragic, his ring name remains quite memorable as is the case with many pro wrestlers who have iconic professional names, and today we take a look at some of our favorites. Digging Deeper Andre the Giant, born André René Roussimoff, at 7 feet 4 inches and 520 pounds, he really lived up to his name by being simple, direct, and intimidating…

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A Brief History On October 15, 1989, Ukrainian-Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky passed Gordie Howe to become the all-time leading scorer in the NHL.  Not only does Gretzky have more goals and assists than any other player, his 2,857 regular season points remains the NHL record. Digging Deeper Some of the other all-time leading scorers include: Baseball: Rickey Henderson’s 2,295 runs scored edge Ty Cobb’s 2,245 for the MLB record. Basketball: LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 2023 to become the NBA scoring champ with 38,652 points. College Basketball: Pistol Pete Maravich narrowly remains the all-time scorer, with 3,667 points,…

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A Brief History On October 14, 2003, Chicago’s Wrigley Field was the scene of a baseball play that fit right in with the “Curse of the Billy Goat.”  The hapless Cubs were playing in the National League Championship Series for a chance to win their first pennant since 1945, when a Cubs fan derailed the team’s efforts. Digging Deeper Leading the series 3 to 2 and the game, 3-0, the Cubs seemed on the brink of beating the curse.   When a foul ball was hit, a fan, Steve Bartman, tried to catch the ball and got in the way of…

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A Brief History On October 13, 1903, the American League’s Boston Americans won the 8th and decisive game of the first modern World Series of major league baseball by defeating the National League’s Pittsburg Pirates 3-0. Digging Deeper This first Fall Classic was a best of nine affair, with the winning team needing five wins to take the crown.  The format was to play the first three games in Boston, the next four in Allegheny City, where the Pirates played, and then back to Boston if an 8th game was needed. The game featured some of the greatest names in…

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