It’s one of the most iconic plays in sports.
Pete Rose — roaring down the third baseline, shoulder lowered, full head of steam — collided head-on with the catcher, dislodging the baseball and propelling the National League to a dramatic 12th-inning victory in the 1970 All-Star game.
The play has been engrained in baseball lore for ages. There was Rose epitomizing his nickname, Charlie Hustle, on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
Since that moment more than 40 years ago, the fire and passion of the All-Star game has burned out quickly. The event has become more of a spectacle than a sport, hitting a low point in 2002 when the game unceremoniously ended in an 11-inning tie, prompting the fans in Milwaukee to hurl beer bottles onto the field in disgust.
In an attempt to rekindle the old spirit of the All-Star game, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Union agreed to have the 2003 All-Star game decide home-field advantage and rebranded the event with the tag line “This Time it Counts.”
The question is, should it?
There is no question that the level of play leaves something to be desired. Apathetic attitudes are prevalent in All-Star games across sports. NFL players routinely skip the Pro Bowl or play so half-heartedly that Commissioner Roger Goodell has considered canceling the “game.” Likewise, the NBA All-Star game promises to be a laugher with less defense than a WVU football game.
It’s one of the most iconic plays in sports.
Charges against Smallwood dropped
West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.
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When I packed my belongings out of my Morgantown apartment in May, fresh with a journalism degree from West Virginia University, I thought I had ended a chapter of my life and closed the book on my experience inside the great Mountain State forever.
It wasn’t until I received a phone call back in my hometown of Canton, Ohio, from the Times West Virginian that the idea of a return to the area became a possibility. The opportunity to begin my professional career in an area that I’ve become comfortable with for the past several years was too good to pass by.
Black Diamond Express looking to add elite players
Travel sports are said to be the cream of the crop for young athletes.
Generally, youth are selected to play on travel league teams based upon a heightened skill level or an ability that exceeds the everyday athlete.
That’s what the Black Diamond Express softball team in Morgantown is looking for, along with a few new elite players.
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Lawyer: Wife plotted to take over Sterling trust
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Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?
I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.
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Post 17 falls short in Area II championship
Sometimes getting a bad game out of your system is what a team needs.
Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
“Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”
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