CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER MOMENTS

Both Bill and I play(ed) multiple versions of Championship Manager (or eventually Football Manager – stupid weird brand splits). Bill was smart enough to randomly screen cap things over the years. I was smart enough to finally find the file buried in the deep recesses of the site’s FTP. This is just a sampling of what will turn out to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – ERIC HILLMAN

Eric Hillman (by Bill Barnwell) When the baseball-reference sponsorship scheme started, there was one item I felt I absolutely needed to get. For a year, yes, I was the sponsor of the 1993 New York Mets, the worst team (excluding those who were Huizenga’d) of the 90’s. A team so bad that it inspired mediocre New York beat writers to […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – SERGE ZWIKKER

SERGE ZWIKKER (by Bill Barnwell) We at VP hate on basketball a little bit because, well, it is easy to hate basketball. My own natural doubts about the game are reinforced by the media telling me, often at the same time, why I shouldn’t care (most middle-aged columnists) and why I should (Stephen A. Smith, Bob Ryan, all other columnists), […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – STEVE ONTIVEROS

STEVE ONTIVEROS (by Bill Barnwell) A few months ago, I was re-reading Robert Whiting’s “You Gotta Have Wa”, the book primarily about gaijins in Japanese baseball. One of the players prominently featured in the book is mid 70’s major leaguer Steve Ontiveros. This confused the heck out of born-in-84 me, as I remembered Steve Ontiveros playing all the way till […]

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Thank You Youtube: THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers “RAP”

THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ers “RAP” (by Phil Rippa) If there was one thing the Chicago Bears were ever good for it was for doing the Super Bowl Shuffle. Because by doing that video – since the NFL has always been a copycat league – it meant EVERY team ended up doing a video at some point. The San Francisco 49ers […]

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Best of “The Week That Was”

THE BEST OF “THE WEEK THAT WAS” One of the former tent pole pieces at VP was The Week That Was. Basically a collection of random thoughts for the sporting events that had transpired the previous week. Mainly it was an outlet for us to get off our joke that only three people would find funny about a topic that […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JODY REED

JODY REED (by ED AGNER) Greed. I am always amused by people who rail against supposedly greedy professional athletes. An athlete HAS to be greedy to become great enough to be an exceptional, let alone professional athlete. Greed and immense skill are what sets apart great athletes from the pack from the get go. While most athletes – even the […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – VANN MCELROY

Vann McElroy (by Ed Agner) I have a love/hate thing for pro football. Actually, I love pro football in theory – in July – but the NFL works so hard to flaunt its hypocrisy by creating false parity and messing around with strange new policies to artificially stimulate things one way or other and…creating…tuck…rules…and…HATE…RISING. Can’t work blue. Move on. Ahem. […]

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Forgotten Player of the Moment – JIMMY KEY

JIMMY KEY (by BILL BARNWELL) Bill James once wrote about how just looking at the statlines of an unnamed player could lead you to formulate a vision of the player: what he looked like, how he played, what had happened to him in his career, the role he played on his team. Likewise, there are some names in sports that […]

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