Revisiting Two Baseball Prophecies made in 1990 Futuristic Films

If you’re doing classic Americana summer word association, then “movies” and “baseball” would probably be right at the top of anyone’s list.  So when these summer staples combine, sometimes the result can be sublime. Other times, the result is something on par with the 1985’s “The Slugger’s Wife” or 2001’s “Summer Catch.”

In 1990, two science fiction films were released that foretold a future World Series result, and today we look at how those prophecies panned out. If that seems like a lot of effort wasted on analyzing something trivial, well, this isn’t the first time we’ve done something specific to this wheelhouse.

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How to Play Video Games

In the 21st century, the debate on how socializing should be dealt with is at its peak. Meanwhile, many teenagers are argued to play video games instead of participating in Physical activities and sports, which is seen as unfavorable. However, some suggest that its best for enhancing cognitive skills as they come across challenges and complications and is really good for someone to start interactions, which are having difficulties in communicating with people outside.

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Most Memorable Merica and MAGA T-Shirts Seen at Indianapolis 500

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As has been well documented, especially so on this site, the patriotism gets ramped up to jingoism and then some at the Indianapolis 500 every year. Actually take that jingoism and square it, no wait- take it to the tenth power.  On one hand, we get it- this site’s colors are red, white and blue for a reason.

It is the nation’s biggest Memorial Day weekend gathering, as it draws over 300,000 people each year. On the other hand, come on- spare us the native advertising for the armed services; sponsored by Chevrolet. People showed up for an auto race, not a recruiting pitch, and certainly not for more Chevy ads.

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The Author of The Sports Bank Has a New Book Out

The Owner/Writer/Editor/Webmaster of The Sports Bank and The Bank.News has authored a book

No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry

You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback!

And in E-book format as well!

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Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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Indy 500 Podcast: The Best (Okay, Really the Worst) People Watching

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Sunday brings us the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, and with that, our first ever podcast at the Indy 500. If you want to talk about the drivers and the race itself, well then you are in the wrong place right now. This Indy 500 podcast is about the worst of the worst (so, actually the best) in people watching.

It’s about the hijinks and weirdness, Broadripple and the Little 500. It’s about the kind of stuff that is featured in my new book “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”

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Extreme Urban Sports: That Can Get You Arrested

Youngsters, particularly teens today live for the adrenaline rush and find out new ways to satisfy their cravings for some fun. For this, they will jump into any sport that will give them even the slightest vibe of fun and scary. Urban sports are the new trend; they are not the usual basketball or skateboarding in the urban areas; these are more towards extreme sporting. Some are in it for a meager amount of cash and others just for the adrenaline rush. But, what fun is it to get behind bars for a sport. Surprised… right!

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2019 Indianapolis 500: Five Things to Watch on Sunday

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It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means- the next running of the Indianapolis 500. When you hear “start your engines” on Sunday, the key has been turned on for summer.

The sunrise of summer as a whole is now here. That said, let’s take a look at five things to watch during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Sports Bank Founder to Give Talk at Fulbright Alumni Conference at Univ. of Arkansas

Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today.

Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it’s a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows.

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Martellus Bennett on How the NFL Discourages Individuality, Free-Thought (Exclusive)

During his NFL career, Martellus Bennett scored more than 30 touchdowns, accrued more than 4,500 receiving yards, won a Super Bowl with the 2016 New England Patriots and earned a Pro Bowl berth with the 2014 Chicago Bears.

Not bad for artist and writer. Bennett was in town last week to do a public reading of his new children’s book “Dear Black Boy,” at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop. A major point he emphatically made, over and over again, is that creating art and literature is more fun than sports. 

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Chewbacca to Throw Out First Ball at Cubs Second Home Game this Season


The Chicago Cubs are off to a dreadful 1-4 start this season, bad enough to be tied with division rival Cincinnati for the worst in the National League. Only the L.A. Angels, who have started the season 1-5, have a worse record in all of baseball. That’s the bad news.

The good news? Chewbacca is coming to town! Yes, everyone’s favorite wookie, hailing from the planet Endor, will throw out the first ball for the Cubs’ second home game of the season. Or at least the guy who plays Chewbacca, in the new trilogy, not Peter Mayhew from the classic trilogy, will be doing so.

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