The video called “Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association” is a funky documentary about the old funky ABA League. If you understand the whole purpose of why the ABA league officials created the ABA; which was to gain access into the NBA; you will understand what I mean by funky league. Innovative, colorful and just bizarre can best describe this league’s ten year existence. Take the journey back to see about the famous red, white and blue ball; the 3-point shot, Dr. J and the iceman. This video also spends sometime on the afro hair that was so prominent during this time. Here are some other interesting story lines that come out of the ABA history.
In 1975 the ABA gave the MVP of its All-Star Game in San Antonio a quarter horse named Tough Julie, as well as some cowboy accoutrements. Like most of the upstart league’s gestures, the gift combined a gleam of original thinking with a desperate attempt to wrest attention from the NBA. And like most of the league’s gestures, it backfired. First, the MVP, Indiana Pacers guard Freddie Lewis, could not keep the cowboy hat from slipping off his six-inch-high Afro at the postgame ceremony. Then it was discovered too late that the horse had not been inoculated. Tough Julie died three days after the game. Continue reading Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American Basketball Association→
Well growing up in the 70’s and I have always wanting to go on a stadium road trip. Reading an article from the LA Times about a person who had traveled to several cities to see as many baseball games as possible. This was a west coast start in Los Angeles and finishing in St. Louis. They were able to see the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, A’s, Rangers, Astros, Royals and the Cardinals. I was envious. I was wishing. I was wanting. How could I do this on a shoe string budget. Well it never happened, but I sure live through this article the daily activities of the writer and was captivated.
Today, Friday January 31 the NFL has announced that Stan Kroenke owner of the St. Louis Rams has purchased 60 acres in Ingelwood, California. This purchase is near the recently renovated Forum and the Hollywood Park racetrack located in city Ingelwood. The NFL is quick to point out that this does not mean that Mr. Kroenke will be building a stadium in the near future or are the St. Louis Rams moving back to Los Angeles. But it does beg the question of what might Mr. Kroenke be thinking with all this land he has acquired, is it an investment or is he starting the wheels in motion for a possible relocate? Continue reading Possible New Stadium in LA?→