The first game in any major sport is daunting for a rookie. Pre-game butterflies and hype about the debut (particularly for a phenom), no doubt come into play. Among sports debuts, not many rival Jackie Robinson’s. While he did not set the world on fire, going 0-for-3 with a run scored, consider the obstacles that the young ballplayer had to overcome. Being the first black baseball player to play in a major league game, Robinson first had to hurdle the colour barrier that existed in the major leagues right up to 1947. Despite his gift for the game, he would have to overcome entrenched racism and second guessing. He would also have to get used to playing with established stars like Peewee Reese and Eddie Stanky, who may or may not have been welcoming to the youngster. He also had to face Boston Braves ace, Johnny Sain (“Spahn and Sain and pray for rain”) in his first at bat.
Not a debut, per se, but Bradley stunned the golf world by winning his first major (PGA Championship) in his first attempt. Bradley was having a rookie-of-the-year season on the PGA Tour in 2011, capturing the Byron Nelson Championship on the way. He wasn’t expected to do much at the PGA, but Bradley fired an impressive 64 in the second round and was only one stroke off the lead after the third round. In the final round, Bradley triple bogeyed 15 to fall five shots behind leader Jason Dufner, but birdied 16 and 17 to force a playoff. He won in a three-hole playoff to, going birdie-par-par, cementing his name alongside Francis Ouimet and Ben Curtis as the only players to win the first major they played in.
Long after the spotlight of an arena full of fans has faded, retired athletes move on to all kinds of other careers and journeys in life.
While Miami Heat small forward Lebron James has established himself as the game’s best player the past five or so years, the question that has been posed by many is, “who can challenge or dethrone him?” King James poses many
We’ve all seen their smiling faces, lit up by the white hot spotlight of a press conference, shaking hands with an owner/GM as they agree to the “big contract.
If every NBA General Manger had a crystal ball, bad contracts would not exist. No one would be overpaid. Fans wouldn’t have to watch a player collect a large paycheck by sitting on the bench every night.
Wayne Gretzky. Mario Lemieux. Mark Messier. These are the great NHL franchise players of a generation ago. These days a whole new crop of stars are becoming the marquee players for their teams. Here are the 15 best players to build a franchise around.
Christmas is just around the corner and everyone has a wishlist. Especially MLB general managers. Whether it’s a big trade or a free agent snag, GMs around the league are hoping Santa can help deliver that key something to put their team on the top of the heap.
The NFL seems to be inching closer and closer to attempting to put a team permanently in London, England. While the global expansion might seem like a neat idea at first, there are also plenty of reasons it could fail miserably. SportsBreak writer Keith Fuchs gives the NFL four reasons to go for it. And four more to run in the other direction.
Some NBA teams have more to be thankful for than others. We’re not sure the 76er’s should be thankful for anything that is happening to them this season. But here are nine other teams with something to celebrate this Thanksgiving.
The Hail Mary: A famous play in football that fails way more often than it works. But what else can you try when you are losing and time is running out? Here are 10 of the greatest last ditch miracles in football history.
All suicides are tragic by nature of the act. As sports fans, it can be especially tough when that someone is one of our beloved athletes. We feel like we know them on a personal level — whether from watching them on TV every week, cheering them on from the stands, or following the ups and downs of their career. Here are 10 sports heros that we lost.
Injuries in sport are costly. Man games missed due to various ailments cost the owners money at the gate and cost fans the chance to watch their heroes in their prime. Here are 13 poor saps who just can’t seem to stay healthy for long.
We are a little over a month away from the World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. Connor McDavid was expected to star for Team Canada, but he just broke his hand after punching some glass. Dumb. Whether he plays or not, here are 11 other great performaces from WJHC history.
The career of a running back is often short but explosive. Putting up all those yards really takes a serious toll on your body, but those who can overcome become legends. Sweetness. The Juice. LT. They are all here on this list of the greatest seasons ever produced by an NFL running back.
They cover a wide variety of violations, from match fixing and bribery all the way to slave labour and robbing local economies of millions of dollars. You might already know about FIFA’s corrupt history, but in case you didn’t, we present you this list of nine FIFA scandals that are just plain wrong.
It has been said that hitting wins games but pitching wins championships, and many times that proverbial saying holds true. There are many instances in baseball history where great pitching has shut down great hitting. These 10 pitcher did the most in the World Series to lock up a championship.
With only one tenth of the population of its Southern neighbour, the country of Canada has still managed to produce a fair share of incredible athletes. And no, they are not ALL hockey players. Check out our list of the best athletes to come from the Great White North.
Its’s that time of year again for Canadians and Americans, as Autumn also means Thanksgiving. In between pumpkin pies and turkey, most people stop to reflect on what they are thankful for. In the NHL, a lof of teams also have something to be thankful for. Here are 11 examples for this holiday season.
LeBron James? Kevin Durant? Derrick Rose? Carmelo Anthony? All the usual suspects and a few surprise candidates. Find out who SportsBreak writer George Kipling thinks will take home the NBA MVP trophy once the season is done and dusted.
There have been some great brother acts in the history of sports, proving that athleticism runs in the blood. Not as popular, however, are those brother acts where lesser-knowns struggle in the massive shadow of their superstar relatives. Here are 11 brothers who failed to attain the heights of their more famous siblings.