Homer Simpson, ‘Goodfellas,’ and the Most Influential Sports Painting Ever

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At first glance, the cover of last week’s issue of The New Yorker, by longtime magazine illustrator Bruce McCall, seems like a fun but weird image of hockey players fighting in a boxing ring. Okay, hockey is violent, there’s that old joke about going to a boxing […]

New Ad Has Awesome Leatherhead Unis — and One Big Error

A few nights ago, the Tugboat Captain and I were watching reruns of The Office when a commercial for Dewar’s Scotch came on. It featured some really good-looking leatherhead-era football uniforms, and also some nice soccer kits from that same time period. Naturally, I perked right up.

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An Early Christmas Gift: Late-’80s NFL diet Coke Ads

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Ticker-submission maven Kary Klismet recently pointed me toward a tweet that featured the late-1980s two-page Diet Coke ad shown above. “It opened up a floodgate of memories for me and is too good not to share,” he said.

As you can see, the two-page […]

Uni Watch History Lesson: The Mormon Yankees

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Reader Benji King recently told me something I hadn’t been aware of: From 1937 through 1961, missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used basketball as a tool to share the gospel in Australia. These missionaries became known in Australia as […]