With the “big game,” aka Notre Dame vs. Alabama, just hours away and the NFL playoffs gluing many of us to our couches, I figured I’d share a story that links one of America’s favorite pastimes with one of America’s favorite documents. I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to have met some truly special… [Continue Reading]
Avery Brundage was the most controversial figure in American Olympic history and its most complex, as he crossed paths with people like Jim Thorpe, Adolf Hitler, Jessie Owens and the proponents of Apartheid.
It was 100 years ago this month that Jim Thorpe put America on the world’s sports map and made the Olympics a global phenomenon. But the fight over Thorpe’s body still lingers in a federal court.
The torch will be lit later today, ushering in the Olympic Summer Games in London. For the next 16 days, millions of sports fans and non-sports fans will support the athletes of more than 200 countries as they compete in over 300 events in 26 sports from archery to wrestling. Champions will be crowned and… [Continue Reading]
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day as a day to thank the members of the United States military and their families for their service to our nation. The decision to celebrate our Armed Forces on one day instead of four separate occasions, as was tradition,… [Continue Reading]