Tom Verna: He Invented Instant Replay

There was a time when sports fans watching a live game on TV had no choice but to play close attention throughout. If they missed a spectacular play while reaching for the bowl of chips, they didn’t get a second chance to see it. TV sports director and producer Tony Verna changed that. Verna, who passed away on Jan. 18 at age 81, introduced the instant replay in 1963, basically videotaping the game and rerunning key moments to fill time …

Which NFL Team Has Fans Loud Enough to Trigger Earthquakes?

If you’re lucky enough to attend Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, bring your noise-canceling headphones. It might also be a good idea to tie down your valuables before you leave home. Seismographers from the University of Washington have found that the crowd noise at CenturyLink Field is so loud that it generates earthquakes. Minor ones, so far, but this is a big game. CenturyLink Field holds the record for the loudest outdoor …

This Week in Boomer History: Jonestown … ‘White Album’ … JFK

Notable events from our shared experience After followers of cult leader Jim Jones ambush an investigative delegation, killing five (Rep. Leo Ryan, left, among them), more than 900 inhabitants of the cult’s Jonestown settlement in Guyana die in a mass suicide/murder on Nov. 18, 1978. On Nov. 18, 1966, American Roman Catholic bishops declare an end to meatless Fridays, except during Lent. That’s after the practice has given rise to countless fish lunches in school cafeterias and the Filet-O-Fish at McDonald’s. >> 10 Essential …

Cómo detectar la violencia de género en tu pareja

La violencia en las relaciones de pareja puede ser difícil de percibir porque en muchos casos se considera normal por los mismos cónyuges y, en el caso de las mujeres, ellas no buscan ayuda porque ni siquiera se dan cuenta de que son víctimas, según los especialistas. El caso del jugador de fútbol americano Ray Rice y su esposa Janay indignó a muchos, tras salir a la luz pública un video publicado por el portal TMZ en el que se …

¿Vas a ver el Super Bowl? No te pierdas estas curiosidades

Es el evento deportivo más importante para los estadounidenses, pero también lo viven millones de personas alrededor del mundo. El Super Bowl número XVLIII (llamado Super Tazón en algunos paí­ses hispanohablantes) se llevará a cabo este domingo en el MetLife Stadium en New Jersey, Nueva York, lugar donde se enfrentarán Los Broncos de Denver y los Seahawks (Halcones Marinos) de Seatle. Mientras haces tus planes para el juego, aquí­ tienes algunos datos y curiosidades del Super Bowl que probablemente no …

Retired NFL Players Settle Suit Over Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are more than 18,000 retired NFL players. Some time ago, more than 4,500 of these former players – a full quarter of them – sued the NFL over traumatic brain injuries that they claim caused dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions. On Aug. 28 the players settled with the NFL – ending any future claims – by agreeing to the league’s offer to pay $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for the retired players, fund medical and …