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Aaron Rodgers 202 Passing Yards in One Quarter – September 15, 2013

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Aaron Rodgers 202 Passing Yards in One Quarter September 15, 2013

Aaron Rodgers 202 Passing Yards in One Quarter September 15, 2013
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The Green Bay Packers played their home opener on September 15, 2013 – against the Washington Redskins. Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers put on a show for the fans at Lambeau Field. He completed 34 of 42 passes for 480 yards. Four of his throws went for touchdowns, and not a single pass was intercepted.

The rest of the Packers team also had a respectable game, especially running back James Starks who rushed for 132 yards.

This was the only time in history of the NFL when a team had a 450 yard passer and a 125 yard rusher.

Despite his spectacular numbers, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Rodgers. At 9:54 of the first period Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan sacked him. On the very next play Kerrigan sacked him again. Then Brian Orakpo got him at 6:06. Maybe the Redskins should have let sleeping dogs lie. At that point Rodgers was having an okay quarter. He had thrown seven passes and completed all but one of them for 76 yards, but he had not yet found anybody in the end zone.

After the third sack Rodgers completed two more passes, but the Packers were short of the first down and punted (with a 3-0 lead). The Redskins followed with their own “three-and-out” and Green took possession again at 3:08. Four plays later Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 35 touchdown pass.

For the first quarter Rodgers was 10-13 with a 138 passing yards, and he was just getting started.

In the second quarter Rodgers put on one of the most spectacular passing shows in the history of pro football. He threw the ball 18 times and completed 16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

The Packers led 24-0 at the half and cruised the rest of the way to a 38-20 win over Washington.

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Ken Griffey (Sr. and Jr.) Back-to-Back HR’s – September 14, 1990

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Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back to back home runs for the Seattle Mariners on September 14,1990. It was the first and only time in Major League history that a father and son have hit back to back homers.

The Mariners were playing the Angels that night at Anaheim Stadium. (The Angels wound up winning the game, 7-5, in case that matters to you.) Griffey Sr., at the age of 40, started the game for the Mariners in left field, batting second. Junior was in center field, batting third. (Yeah, maybe it was a little bit of a setup.) In the first inning, after Kirk McCaskill walked Harold Reynolds, Griffey Sr. homered to left center. Junior met him at the plate and then made history, hitting another ball out of the park, almost to same spot.

Ball autographed by both Griffeys

Ball autographed by both Griffeys – $267.75
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New York Marathon First Run September 13, 1970

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New York Marathon First Running 1970

New York Marathon First Running 1970
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127 runners (126 men and one woman) lined up in Central Park for the start of the first New York Marathon. It was September 13, 1970.

The course was four loops around the park, and the first ten finishers received wristwatches. (Today, the male and female winners receive $130,000.) Race organizer Fred Lebow (1932–1994) used his own money to purchase the prizes. The winner of the first race, Gary Muhrcke, a New York City fireman, finished with a time of 2:31:38, well off the then–world record of 2:08:34 Read More nycgovparks.org

In the 1976 the race moved to its “all five boroughs” course, and drew 2,090 entrants. The Marathon was cancelled in 2012 while New York City was recuperating from effects of Hurricane Sandy, but in 2013 the Marathon was back, with more than 50,000 runners participating.

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Sugar Ray Regains Title – September 12, 1951

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Sugar Ray Robinson wins back the Middleweight Crown

He knocks out Randy Turpin in the 10th round, in front of 61,000 at the Polo Grounds in New York.
Ray Robinson regains middleweight title with TKO win over Randy Turpin

Sugar Ray Robinson regains middleweight title with TKO win over Randy Turpin
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In 1951, Ring Magazine’s Nat Fleischer famously described Robinson as “the greatest all-around fighter pound-for-pound in any division.” More than 60 years later, many boxing experts today still agree with Fleischer’s assessment.

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Sugar Ray Robinson is credited with being the reason for the creation of the mythical pound-for-pound rankings that today occupy so much of the debate and discussion that goes on in the boxing world.

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Sugar Ray Robinson. Ali’s idol makes number one on my list like every other credible list. Watching him fight was regarded as being ” sweet as sugar” and from the brief footage I’ve seen and from what I’ve read and heard he deserves top spot. In his first twelve years as a professional he only lost one fight and he avenged it many times over.
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“Pound for pound, the best.” The claim has been used to describe many boxers, but it was invented for Sugar Ray Robinson.

After stopping Jake Lamotta on February 14, 1951 (The St. Valentines Day Massacre) Robinson won an unanimous decision in a non-title against Holly Mims on April 5 of that year. Four days later (Things were different then.) he fought another non-title bout against Don Ellis, and he knocked out Ellis in the first round.

Robinson fought and won two non-title bouts in April of 1951. Then he sailed to Europe and fought six non-title fights (Paris, Zurich, Antwerp, Liege, Berlin and Torino). On July 10 he lost his title to Randy Turpin in London. Turpin a “Negro Englishman,” won a 15-round decision in what was is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of boxing. By all accounts Turpin won the fight decisively.

Robinson had a re-match clause in his contract, so the stage was set for Robison-Turpin II. Here’s what Alistair Cooke wrote about the fight in the Manchester Guardian.

Last night Sugar Ray Robinson, tiring to the point of panic before the concrete insensibility of Turpin’s massive flesh, wrung everything he had from a brave heart, fought from his finger-tips, and at last had Turpin helpless against the ropes, his arms by his thighs, his stubborn body reeling back and forth like a beaten bull when the flags go in.

I have never seen a human being receive so much punishment with such dumb bravery. For almost a whole minute Robinson crashed and shot and pounded at him until his head sagged from one side to the other with the flopping rhythm of a broken pendulum. An old man sitting next to me lit a cigar with deadly precision, keeping his eyes steadily above the flame on the crumbling Turpin. “Thirty seconds more” he sold quietly. ” and we’ll have another Flores on our hands.” (Flores, the young boxer killed ten days ago by a similar bravery before just such an onslaught.)

It did seem then that Turpin should be rescued to fight another day. If there had been another minute, I do believe that he would have gone down and out for a long time to come. But pride never lacks pretext and unfortunately there were only eight seconds of that round to go when the referee bounded in and scissored his arms to stop the fight Turpin fell on him in a face-down dive, and it seemed to one no more than twenty feet away that it was a gesture of ox-like gratitude.

ugar Ray Robinson Vs Randolph Turpin 1951 Type 1 Reuter Press News Wire Photo

Sugar Ray Robinson Vs Randolph Turpin 1951 Type 1 Reuter Press News Wire Photo
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Pete Rose Breaks Ty Cobb Record – September 11, 1985

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44-year-old Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record for the most career hits on September 11, 1985. It was hit number 4,192 for Rose.

Rose Breaks Ty Cobb Record - Hit #4192

Pete Rose Breaks Ty Cobb Record – Hit #4192
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Cobb’s record stood for a little more than 67 years. Rose broke it as player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He was facing San Diego’s Eric Show. He got his first hit, a triple off of Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend, on April 13 1963. On August 14, 1986 Rose got his 4,256th and last hit off of San Francisco’s Greg Minton.

Three years later, Rose was banned from baseball.
Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Record Breaking 4192 Hits Autographed 8" X 10" Photograph

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U.S. Olympic Basketball Streak Ended – September 10, 1972

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1972 U.S. Olympic basketball streak ended, losing to Soviets.

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This one still stinks – The Olympics at its worst. The U.S. Olympic basketball streak ended, after being unbeaten since the sport was introduced at the 1936 games. Going into this game the U.S. team’s record was 62-0.
In fairness to the Soviet team that allegedly won, it wasn’t their fault that they had played superbly and were within a point of the Americans when the game should have ended. And it wasn’t their fault the Americans played poorly and allowed the Russians to stay in the game. And they didn’t create the chaos that ensued as the game ended, all three times.
Then again, they missed an opportunity to go down in history as among the greatest sportsmen of all time, if they would have exchanged their tainted gold medals for what would have been the most honored and celebrated silver medal accomplishment in the history of the Olympics.
But they didn’t.

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1972 Team USA Basketball Team Signed 16x20 Photo

1972 Team USA Basketball Team Signed 16×20 Photo
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AFL First Game Broncos vs Pats – September 9, 1960

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Broncos win 13-10 First AFL Game

On a Friday night in Boston, the AFL (American Football League) was officially launched. The game was played on September 9, 1960 at Boston University Stadium (formerly Braves Field), between the Denver Broncos and the Boston Patriots, who of course are widely recognized now as the New England Patriots.

Some NFC-AFC History

Before 1960, the NFL held a monopoly on pro football in America (as it does now). Then in 1959, Lamar Hunt, the son of oil magnate H.L Hunt, got together with several of his very rich friends and colleagues, and they formed the American Football League as a direct competitor to the National Football League.
The two leagues battled for audience share and for talent. Players’ salaries sky rocketed. A few curmudgeons scoffed at the upstarts, but most fans who watched the AFL games on nationally televised broadcasts, were delighted by faster, wide open style of play. The executives at ABC who had signed the AFL to a five year contract had to have also been pleased.
By 1966, the owners of the NFL teams decided that they preferred monopoly t0 competition, so on June 8 of that year, they signed a merger agreement with the AFL. That led to the first Super Bowl (Everybody called it that from the start, but officially it was called the NFL-AFL Championship Game.) The game was played on January 15, 1967, between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. To the surprise of no one, the Packers manhandled the Chiefs, 35-10. Green Bay delivered an encore performance the following year when they won “the big game” against Oakland 33-14.

In 1969, the NFL decided to officially call the championship game “The Super Bowl.” (Now days, they fiercely protect their trademark of this “brand”, to the point of absurdity.)

Joe Namath of course, delivered on his outrageous guarantee that the New York Jets would defeat the Baltimore Colts. The owners of the old NFL teams were embarrassed all the way to the bank. Namath’s brash personality and lifestyle set off a media frenzy, and won the league more attention and free publicity than they could have ever dreamed of prior to the merger.

Bye bye AFL. Hello AFC.

Beginning in 1970 the AFL ceased to exist. There was now one league, the old NFL. It had two conferences the NFC and the AFC. In order to maintain the old rivalry, the NFC was stocked with all but three of the old time NFL franchises. All of the AFL teams played in the AFC along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Colts, and the Cleveland Browns.

Back to Boston – September 1960

It’s hard to believe that before the Pats, Boston and the rest of New England could not support a major league football team. Prior to the opener, John Ahern, wrote in the Boston Globe, “Four times professional football has been tried in our town, four times it folded. Huge sums were lost and Boston was consigned to the sticks, the limbo of broken football dreams. Friday night at Boston University (old Braves Field), the town’s fifth pro venture breathes new life. It’s as welcome as the flowers in May and it will be greeted enthusiastically by a populace that has not seen good football since Boston College’s Sugar Bowl team of 20 years back.”
The four previous attempts that Ahern referred to were:
• The Boston Bulldogs 1929
• The Boston Braves 1932
• The Boston Redskins 1933-1936 (Yes, before Washington they were the Boston Redskins.)
• The Boston Yanks 1944-1948

During the 1960 pre-season the Patriots compiled a 4-1 record that included a 43-6 drubbing of the Broncos. The Broncos lost all five of their pre-season games. But that was practice. In front of 21,597 fans (How many saved their programs?) and a large local radio audience on Boston’s WEEI, the Broncos defeated the Pats in a squeaker, 13-10.

Denver Broncos vs Boston Patriots First AFL Game

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