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Vintage Video: NBA All-Star Game – Let the Fun Begin

Posted on February 12, 2020 by Dean Hybl

While baseball and football have struggled with maintaining interest and excitement around their All-Star games, the NBA seems to have the right ingredients to make the All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend something anticipated each year by both players and fans.

The NBA All-Star Game has always included great matchups like Magic vs. Michael.

From Slam Dunk contests to high scoring games, there have been many exciting moments in All-Star Game history.

In this installment of Vintage Video, we remember some of the great games and highlights from All-Star Game history.

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Surprise Winners of the Daytona 500

Posted on February 11, 2020 by Dean Hybl

Many familiar names in stock racing history, including Petty, Earnhardt, Waltrip, Johnson, Gordon and Yarborough have reached victory lane at the Daytona 500, but there have also been a number of surprising victors in the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing.

Below is a look at some victorious Daytona 500 drivers who did not parlay their Daytona victory into memorable NASCAR careers.

Tiny Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500.

DeWayne “Tiny” Lund – 1963 Daytona 500 Champion; 5 career NASCAR wins

At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, DeWayne Lund’s nickname of “Tiny” was a bit of an oxy-moron, but the journeyman race car driver somehow managed to fit his large frame into a stock car and achieve notable success.

A part-time driver in NASCAR’s highest series, Lund came to the 1963 Daytona 500 looking for a ride. Not only did he leave as the Daytona 500 champion, but also as a hero. When his friend and 1961 Daytona 500 Champion Mavin Panch suffered an accident driving an experimental Ford in the Daytona Continental three-hour sportscar race (a precursor to the 24-hours of Daytona), the car burst into flames. Lund ran into the fire and pulled Panch from the wreckage. The act earned him the Carnegie Hero’s Medal and also a ride as Panch’s replacement in the Daytona 500.

Driving for the Wood Brothers, the plan was for Lund to maneuver the 500 miles on one less fuel stop than the rest of the field. Lund led late in the race before being passed with 10 laps left by Fred Lorenzen. However, he soon ran out of gas to give the lead back to Lund. Ned Jarratt soon passed Lund and looked poised for victory. However, with three laps left he too ran out of gas. Lund ran out of gas on the final lap, but was able to coast home for victory.

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The Benefits Of Online Casinos

Posted on February 11, 2020 by David Foxx

When we hear the word casino our mind conjures up images of big neon lit bright buildings and more often than not the place is Las Vegas. The traditional casino market is growing steadily as usual but a new market has developed over the years, namely the online casino market. The online casino market has now become a behemoth and is believed to be worth billions of dollars and growing steadily. The reason for the success of online casinos is the numerous benefits it offers to the user. A few of the benefits are mentioned below:

Convenience:

Online grocery shopping, online tickets booking etc., have all taken off in a big way because it provides the user ease of use and similarly online casinos also provide the same ease of use and convenience. You can sit anywhere in your house, log in using your computer, iPad or mobile phone and start betting on your favourite game. You can take a few minutes off from your work and place a few bets. You can sit in the park breathing fresh air and at the same time you can also bet on your favourite game. This sort of convenience cannot be found at traditional casinos. You need to be at your best always, you need to look good, you need to dress up for the occasion, if you are a female you will have a thousand eyes ogling you. You can avoid all these and hence both men and women love online casinos, in fact, women seem to be getting more inclined to play mostly online.

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How to Win at Ping Pong

Posted on February 10, 2020 by Gerwin Bajao

If you’re super competitive and want to win at table tennis every single time, that’s perfectly understandable. While it’s highly unlikely for you to never find yourself in the losing end, there are some tips that can help level up that winning percentage significantly.

Ping pong is fun, trendy, and great for beginners. Unlike other sports, it’s also more accessible and has a relatively low risk for injury. A table tennis “court,” otherwise known as a ping pong table, is pretty easy to set up, and you can pick up a pair of rackets and some ping pong balls at your local sporting goods store with no problem.

So, now you’re ready for ping pong. Then again, you don’t want to simply be ready for table tennis; you want to be able to beat everyone you go up against! We admire your determination and ambition. Committing to that extra bit of practice and following some effective tips might just turn you into everyone’s ping pong nemesis.

What You Must Know Before Anything Else

Before we proceed to give you advice on how to win every game, let’s first discuss your gear. Now, if you’re looking to get ahead in ping pong, you need to invest in some great equipment, starting with your table tennis bat.

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How to Improve Your Odds of Winning While Betting on Sports

Posted on February 10, 2020 by David Foxx

There are many reasons why people choose to bet on sports, but one thing is clear. Whether a person does it for recreational purposes or as a serious occupation, winning some money is the end goal in it all. After all, why would someone say no to some hard-earned money? But the very notion of wining while betting on sports is sometimes considered laughable, often untrue, or is a question of chance. That said, it is possible to improve your chances of winning while betting. Here are a few ways:

Make decisions based on correct input- if you look at the average better, they make bets based on what they hope will be a favorable outcome. The thing is, that’s so hard to predict! It makes more sense to place a bet based on how much money you will need to spend now. This will keep things realistic and help you plan your bets better.

Do your homework- According to https://sbobettm.com, betting on sports is fine as long as you know the sports you’re betting on. You need to understand what your sports team is about and what their chances might be. Read up on news about team members, including potential transfers or trades, ill health or other factors. All these can have an impact on the end result and your bet. 

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Vintage Video: Remembering the Greatness of Kobe Bryant

Posted on February 05, 2020 by Dean Hybl

While the shock over the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others has started to wear off, the tributes to his basketball greatness will continue for a while, especially with the NBA All-Star game coming up soon and the Olympics later this year.

As most sports fan knows, Kobe’s legacy is a complicated one and it is okay to remember and recognize both his great strengths and his flaws.

However, given that Sports Then and Now is a site that celebrates sports history, we wanted to remember the basketball greatness of Kobe through our Vintage Video segment.

Below are some highlights from Kobe’s exceptional NBA career.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Bob Cousy: The Houdini of the Hardwood
      January 31, 2020 | 4:05 pm
      Bob Cousy

      As we reach the halfway point of the NBA season, we recognize as the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month the first in a long line of superstars to play for the Boston Celtics.

      Before there was Bill Russell and Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics were powered by a 6-foot-1 inch guard from Holy Cross. Bob Cousy was the on-the-court leader for the Celtics in the era during which they emerged as a basketball power.

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