1. Quick Hits
- Phil Jackson is said to be interested in becoming Knicks head of basketball operations.
- Wichita State goes to 34-0 after winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
- Rising star. 23-year old Patrick Reed wins at Doral, his third tour victory.
- Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford is dead at the age of 88. He was the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford.
2. Carmen Berra
The phrase “behind every great man is a great woman” was never more true. Yogi’s beloved Carmen died the other day at the age of 85. They had celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in January. What a couple. It was always a treat to see either of them. As a kid I remember reading the sports section and Carmen was quoted as saying what a bad mood Yogi was in when he got home after a loss. I believed that quote and I still do. You wonder if today’s athletes take their losses to heart once they leave the stadium parking lot? But that’s another story. Condolences to Yogi and his family. We’ll miss you Carmen.
3. Fan Fare
A group of Knicks fans is planning a public protest before a game next week. They call themselves KF4L, Knicks fans for life. (Talk about a life sentence with no parole.) Anyway, they say their anger is directed at ownership and management and not the players. My guess is that they’ll receive a nice bunch of media coverage and then life will go on. Then again if James Dolan hires Phil Jackson the protesters may get cut off at the pass.
4. Food Fight!
Can’t help it, I have to paraphrase Allen Iverson. We’re talking exhibition games? The Miami Marlins were peeved at the Boston Red Sox because the Sox didn’t bring any real players for their exhibition game. Boston owner John Henry then tweeted about the Marlins “They should apologize for their regular season lineup.” Ouch. Here’s the tiebreaker. The Marlins were charging “Super Premium.” prices for the game. Cue Iverson.
5. Unhappy Ending
So these two Ohio high schools were battling for the state hockey championship. Sylvania Northview and Cleveland’s St. Ignatius were tied 1-1 after regulation. So they played an 8 minute overtime. And another. And several more. They don’t have shootouts in high school hockey. After 7 overtimes they decided enough was enough and sent everyone home. The schools will share the title. Special mention goes to Northview goalie David Marsh. He made 70 saves! In case you’re wondering the NHL Playoff record was set in 1936 when Detroit beat Montreal 1-0 in 6 (20-minute) overtimes, the longest game in NHL history. Red Wings goalie Normie Smith made either 90 or 92 saves. I think they lost count.
Happy Birthday: Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. 27.
Bonus Birthday: Singer Carrie Underwood. 31.
Today in Sports: Pete Rose makes his Cincinnati Reds debut, going 2-2 against the White Sox in an exhibition game. 1963.
Bonus Event: Alexander Graham Bell utters those famous words, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.” The first phone call. 1876.
The Top 5 was read over the weekend throughout the world including Nicaragua, Sweden and Chile plus 49 states. Earth to Montana!
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