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Phillies Trade Larry Bowa and
Ryne Sandberg to Cubs – January 27, 1982

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Ryne Sandberg to Cubs – January 27, 1982

Ryne Sandberg Rookie

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The Chicago Tribune’s headline read, “Dejesus traded for Bowa, Rookie.

They were talking about the Cubs shortstop, Ivan DeJesus and the Phillies shortstop, Larry Bowa. And a rookie – Some rookie – he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005. His name was Ryne Sandberg.

The Tribune described the throw-in, Sandberg as “a 22-year-old middle infielder with good speed but a light bat.”
Yeah sure, light bat. For 10 years running (1984-1993) he made the National League All Star Team, and even though he won nine consecutive Golden Gloves as the Cubs’ second baseman, he earned his spot on the All Star Teams with his bat. Sandberg’s batting average during those 10 seasons was .296. He also averaged 23 home runs along with 28 doubles and six triples, not bad for a slick fielding infielder.

Had the Cubs’ general manager Dallas Green not managed to steal Sandberg, this would have been an even deal. Both DeJesus and Bowa played three seasons with their new clubs. Bowa hit .246 for the Cubs and DeJesus batted .249 for the Phillies.


Refrigerator Perry Leads Bears to Super Bowl Win – January 26, 1986

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In Super Bowl XX William “Refrigerator” Perry a rookie defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, who occasionally made made “cameo appearances” as either an offensive lineman or a running back (almost always in fourth down-short yardage situations) had a busy day. He made three tackles, and had two assists. He also accidentally flattened one of his teammates. In addition to all that he started two fights, attempted one pass, gained two yards, and scored one of the most famous (infamous?) touchdowns in Super Bowl history.

Stripping a page from the New England Patriots’ book of destiny and reading from their own copyrighted manual of defense, the Chicago Bears swept to a 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans yesterday.Read more


After 4 Losses Broncos Win Super Bowl – January 25, 1998

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Starting in 1977 when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, the Broncos made it to the post season 11 times before they finally won the big game. At Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, on January 25, 1998, John Elway and Terrell Davis led Denver to a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers.

After losing the 1977 Super Bowl the Broncos:

  • 1978 lost to Pittsburgh in the playoffs
  • 1979 lost to Houston in the playoffs
  • 1983 lost to Seattle in the playoffs
  • 1984 lost to Pittsburgh in the playoffs
  • 1987 lost the Super Bowl to the Giants
  • 1988 lost the Super Bowl to the Redskins
  • 1990 lost the the Super Bowl to the Forty Niners
  • 1992 lost to Buffalo in the playoffs
  • 1994 lost to the LA Raiders in the playoffs
  • 1997 lost to Jacsksonville in the playoffs
  • They tore apart history and wrote their own. For the first time in 38 years, for the first time ever, the Denver Broncos are masters of the football universe.

    World champions.

    It has a ring to it. Read more Denver Post


    Pete Sampras Cries on Court, Then Wins at Australian Open – January 24, 1995

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    After losing the first two sets (both tie breakers) to Jim Courier in quarter finals of the 1995 Australian Open, Pete Sampras fought back and won the third set 6-3 and the fourth set 6-4. At the start of the fifth set, Sampras heard a fan call out “C’mon do it for your coach.”

    A few seconds later Sampras, sitting on a stool at center, held a towel to his face, and was sobbing uncontrollably. Sampras’s coach, Tim Gullikson had just been flown home after being hospitalized for dizzy spells. Gullikson died the following year (at the age of 44) from a brain tumor that had caused his dizziness.

    ‘Do It for Your Coach’ : An Emotional Sampras, With Ailing Gullikson on His Mind, Rallies From Two Sets Down to Beat Courier in the Australian Open

    Pete Sampras stood still on center court at the Australian Open as if naked, his emotions exposed, his face awash with tears, his chest heaving.

    “C’mon, honey, get in there,” his girlfriend, Delaina Mulcahy, said gently from the front row.

    Across the net, Jim Courier shouted jokingly to his friend and rival, “Are you all right, Pete? We can do this tomorrow.” It was a gesture of love by Courier, who knew how much Sampras was hurting inside and wanted to help him stop crying. Read more LATimes

    Sampras splashed some ice water on his face, got his composure back and won the fifth set (6-4) and the match.


    Red Wings Blow Out Rangers 15-0 – January 23, 1944

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    The Detroit Red Wings recorded the most lopsided win in NHL history when they “outlasted” the New York Rangers 15-0 at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, on January 23, 1944.

    Syd Howe (not related to Gordie) led the Wings in scoring with three goals. Howe did all of his scoring during the third period, but he was hardly alone. In addition to Howe’s contribution, Dan Grasso scored twice – in the third period. They were joined by Flash Hollett, Murray Armstrong and Carl Liscombe who all scored once – in the third period.

    Armstrong also scored the first goal of game, at 2:48. Bill Quackenbush scored at 18:01, and the first period ended with the Red Wings having unmemorable lead of 2-0. Detroit didn’t score again until 8:48 of the second period. The wild rumpus really didn’t kick into high gear until the Wings next goal which came a little less than three minutes later. They scored three more times in the second period and scored eight more goals in the last period.

    Red Wings goalie Connie Dion was the only Detroit player who didn’t score. His counterpart Ken McAuley, did manage 43 saves for the night.

    Red Wings Beat the Rangers 15-0

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    “Down Goes Frazier”, George Foreman Wins Title by TKO – January 22, 1973

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    More than 40 years after George Foreman won the heavyweight title by knocking out Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the expression Down goes Frazier still lives in the American Lexicon. According to Urban Dictionary Down goes Frazier is

    said when you are severely intoxicated or got the “itis” or you are really tired.Refers to you laying down imediately or going to sleep extremely fast
    Shawn popped an E pill and now he’s down goes Frazier status

    Howard Cosell coined the expression at about two minutes into the first round of the title bout that took place in Kingston, Jamaica. It was the first of six knockdowns that Frazier endured. Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight at 1:35 of the second round.

    Although Foreman came into the fight undefeated, he was still a 5-1 underdog. That’s because Frazier was also undefeated and was attempting to win his 10th title defense. Frazier first won the title by defeating Buster Mathis in 1968, the year after Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title for refusing to join the army.
    Frazier’s most illustrious title defense was against Ali in Madison Square Garden in 1971.

    Foreman had won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. He turned pro the following year and won 37 consecutive fights against a string of very undistinguished opponents. Three months before Foreman fought Frazier, he knocked out Terry Sorrell. Before Foreman knocked him out, Sorrell’s record was 4-15. Earlier in 1972 Foreman collected paychecks and padded his unbeaten record by defeating Clarence Boone, 3-24-1 and Joe Murphy Goodwin, 1-14-1. Foreman’s knocked out of Goodwin in the second round was the 11th consecutive fight in which Goodwin had been stopped by his opponent.


    John McEnroe Gets Ejected from Australian Open January 21, 1990

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    John McEnroe, First Player Ever Ejected from an Australian Open Match, January 21, 1990

    John McEnroe was playing the Swedish born Mikael Pernfors in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Pernfors was winning the third set of the match, 4 games to 2, but McEnroe was still ahead in the match, having won the first two out three sets. Then McEnroe missed a few shots, got the short end of a some close calls, and worst of all, got set off by crying baby. McEnroe yelled into the stands “Give him a drink, the boy’s hungry.”

      One baby is asked to leave, then another

      Umpire Gerry Armstrong asked the parents to take the baby out of the stadium, and the mother complied. Down 3-2 in the fourth set, McEnroe bounced his racket. He managed to get back to deuce, but then he smashed his racket again after hitting a forehand wide. This time he broke the head of the racket. Armstrong then hit McEnroe with a code violation. McEnroe answered with several expletives and asked to speak with Kevin Farrar, the chief of supervisors. McEnroe began swearing at Farrar and then with Farrar’s approval, Armstrong called out “Code violation, continued abuse. Default Mr. McEnroe. Game, set, match. And with that, McEnroe was in the record books as the first player ever ejected from an Australian Open match.


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