First Looks at the New Pauley Pavilion

First Looks at the New Pauley Pavilion

The Throwback Attack crew was invited to a sneak preview of UCLA’s revamped Pauley Pavilion and we’re glad we accepted. Having worked several times inside Pauley – including once covering LeBron James as a high schooler during a tournament – we knew how bleak and old it felt. Walking in for the first time, we said “This is Pauley Pavilion?” Now, the two-year face lift is complete. And this is much more than...

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The Giants and Dodgers Should Thank Each Other

The Giants and Dodgers Should Thank Each Other

While celebrating their second title in three years, the Giants and Giants fans should be toasting the Dodgers with some of their champagne. Meanwhile, while watching their rivals celebrate for the second time in three years, before taking that desultory drink, the Dodgers and Dodger fans should be thanking the Giants. Yes, the two teams with the best rivalry west of Manhattan should be thanking each other. Wait. What? While the Dodgers were...

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The Tecmo Bowl Craze

The Tecmo Bowl Craze

There has been a lot of talk this week about one of sport’s classic video games, Tecmo Bowl, because of the NFL Films presentation of a movie featuring the game and having former NFL players play it. But we want to make one thing very clear here when people are – rightly so – celebrating the game. There was a huge difference between Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl. Repeat: a HUGE difference. And we think the lines are becoming blurred,...

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Bruce Bochy and His Mustache Were Winners Before They Were San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy and His Mustache Were Winners Before They Were San Francisco Giants

It would only make sense to take a look back at Bruce Bochy as a California League manager on the eve of him leading the Giants to their second World Series appearance in three years. We couldn’t show you Jim Leyland as a minor league manager because there wasn’t video in the 1920s. Unless you want to see terrific 1991 television graphics, super tight baseball pants, ridiculous hairdos, hear how a walk-off home run is called before...

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Random Pro of the Week: Mike Alstott

Random Pro of the Week: Mike Alstott

Has there been a fullback over the last 20 years who had as much respect come his way than Mike Alstott? Sure, maybe inside the game there were guys like Lorenzo Neal who was touted as a stud, leading the way for guys like LaDainian Tomlinson. But, I’m talking about a fullback who was well-recognized by the not-so-hardcore fans? You’d be hard-pressed to find one. Alstott was such a stud to the casual fan because his Madden ratings were off...

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