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Quiz Show Scandal One of the most disillusioning moments in American TV history was the revelation that some of the big-money quiz shows of the 1950s were rigged. The most famous incident occurred on Twenty-One when longtime champion Herbert Stempel was dethroned by Charles Van Doren. Stempel was groomed by producer Dan Enright to look and behave like a know-it-all nerd--which had its desired effect. The public rooted for the handsome and sophisticated challenger, Charles Van Doren, to defeat him. Both players were coached on the questions they would receive. After a series of tie games, Stempel deliberately missed a relatively easy question that would have given him the win. The game ended in another tie and Van Doren won the next game. For 'taking a dive,' Stempel had been promised his own panel show by Enright. When Enright reneged, Stempel told the press that Twenty-One was rigged. At first his claims were thought to be those of a sore loser, but when contestants on another game show, Dotto, came forward with solid evidence of fixes, Stempel's accusations had to be investigated. The 1994 movie Quiz Show was based on this scandal.
Tags: Quiz  Show  Stempel  Van  Doren  Enright 
Added: 20th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Fritz Pollard First Black NFL Coach The first black coach in the National Football League was Fritz Pollard who was a player-coach for the Akron Pros during the league's infancy way back in 1921. Pollard lived to a ripe old age: He was 92 when he died in 1986.
Tags: Fritz  Pollard  NFL  coach 
Added: 10th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Featured Member- Mizzouhillbilly aka Scott Hello my YRT friends. Y’all know me as Mizzouhillbilly, but my friends call me Scott. As you can tell from my tag I’m from the great state of Missouri. I was raised in a small town not far from my family’s cattle farm. My father worked for the USGS (grandfather wanted his kids to go to college and not work the farm) and moved us to the west coast in 1982 (I was 16 at the time). I have been in California since. I married my high school sweetheart in ’85 and she has blessed me with 4 beautiful kids. I am very family oriented, so we are a very close knit family. So, my life has been spent doing as much as possible with my family. I was a girl scout (YES! A girl scout) for many years as my wife was the troop leader. At the same time I coached my two oldest from t-ball to softball until they entered high school. I am also a proud cheer dad running all over the country to many cheer competitions. The rest of my time is spent getting a few hours of sleep and working a government job. Oh yeah, I do get to spend some time with my lovely wife. Things are starting to slow down as my kids are getting older allowing more time for myself. My oldest is 21 and about to graduate from UC Berkeley and plans on continuing her education at Cambridge next year. My second is 19 and a sophomore at a local state college and an avid photographer. My third is 17 and is about to graduate high school. She is a competitive cheerleader (like those you see on ESPN not high school) and is headed to Mizzou next year. Then my son is 14 and about to enter high school. He is an avid chef and is planning on opening his own pastry shop after getting his business degree (his words not dads). Once they’re all out of the house I’m headed back to the Ozarks to live my life sitting on the porch in my rocker with a cold one in one hand and my wife in the other. That is my life in a nutshell. I want to thank all my YRT friends for all their posts and support. My kids love seeing all the stuff from my childhood that I always talk about.
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Added: 14th March 2009
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Posted By: Steve
Don Cherry on Inattentive Hockey Spectators Coach's Corner is a hugely popular intermission feature on Hockey Night In Canada. It features the flamboyant and bombastic former coach Don Cherry and the CBC's Ron McLean--who tries his best to keep Cherry under control. This is Cherry at his politically incorrect best from 1992.
Tags: Coaches  Corner  Don  Cherry 
Added: 8th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Death of Len Bias Len Bias should have been one of basketball's greatest players. Instead, he became a poster boy for everything that was wrong with big-time sports. The athletic Bias was a star player at the University of Maryland. On June 17, 1986, the 22-year-old Bias was drafted second overall by the NBA champion Boston Celtics. Forty hours later he was dead from a cocaine overdose. Bias' death had a ripple effect. The Celtics were planning to rebuild their aging team around Bias, but instead Boston did not win another NBA championship until 2008. The basketball program at University of Maryland was thrown into turmoil after it was discovered that Bias' drug use was well known and he was 21 credits short of graduating despite using up all his academic eligibilty. Maryland's coach and athletic director were terminated that October for engaging in coverups that allowed Bias' habitual drug use and weak academic performance to go unchecked.
Tags: Len  Bias  drugs  basketball 
Added: 17th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1972 Munich Olympic Massacre This edition of Time Magazine chronicled the worst incident in the history of the Olympic Games. On September 5, 1972 a radical terrorist group, Black September, got through ridiculously lax security at the athletes' village in Munich, West Germany simply by wearing track suits and acting like they belonged there. At 4:30 a.m. they took a group of 11 Israeli athletes, coaches, and officials hostage. Two Israelis were killed almost instantly for resisting. The other nine died at the airport where special German anti-terror police got into a gun battle with the terrorists. (One German policeman was killed too.) Up to that time, the 1972 Summer Olympics had been a splendid, friendly affair. The 'openness' of the Games and limited security was deliberate. The West German organizers wanted to erase the memories of the 'Nazified' 1936 Berlin Olympics. Since that awful day, Olympic Games security has become much more efficient and hugely expensive.
Tags: Olympic  massacre  Israelis  Munich 
Added: 15th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Then and Now -Shelly Fabares Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares (born January 19, 1944) is an American actress and singer, known primarily for her roles on movies, soap operas and television. The naturally blonde-haired Fabares is best known for her roles as Donna Reed's daughter and oldest child, Mary Stone, on the long-running The Donna Reed Show (a role she played from 1958 to 1963), and as Craig T. Nelson's love interest and eventual wife, Christine Armstrong Fox, on the long-running 1990s sitcom Coach. She is married to actor Mike Farrell and is stepmother to his two children Erin Farrell and Michael Farrell, from a previous marriage.
Tags: Shelly  Fabares  actress  singer  television  crait  t.  nelson  coach  sitcom  Mike  Farrell  M*AS*H* 
Added: 9th April 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
George Allen career summary I'm watching Sunday Night Football and Washington is playing their long time rival Dallas Cowboys. Something made me think of Coach George Allen.
Tags:   George    Allen    career    summary    long    beach    state    redskins     
Added: 16th November 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Jimmy Connors Today Yesterday I posted a video clip of 22-year-old Jimmy Connors winning the 1974 men's singles title at the U.S. Open. Here's a recent photo of Jimbo, at age 55, when he was coaching Andy Roddick.
Tags: tenis  Jimmy  Connors 
Added: 10th December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Woody Hayes Punches Clemson Player One of college football's most infamous moments: In the dying minutes of the 1978 Gator Bowl, Clemson University's Charlie Bauman intercepts a pass to seal Ohio State's defeat. Longtime Ohio State coach Woody Hayes reacts by punching Bauman. Hayes was fired the next day.
Tags: Woody  Hayes  Ohio  State  punch  Gator  Bowl 
Added: 15th January 2009
Views: 6182
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Posted By: Lava1964

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