Thursday, March 26, 2009

Historically Speaking: 3-26-09

We are all over the place this week, boys and girls. Speaking of places, sprint past the jump, 'cause there's lots of Canadians and hockey and shit. Really.

*Today in 1931, Boston Bruins coach Art Ross became the first bench boss to pull his goalie for an extra skater.

* Well, the UCLA dynasty continues. Today in 1973, they clinched their seventh NCAA men's basketball title in a row, beating Memphis 81-76. In '79, Michigan State beat Indiana State 75-64.

* Nineteen seventy-six was a humdinger of a year in that the American League approved of the purchase of the Toronto Blue Jays by Labatt Breweries. The price tag on that bitch was seven billion.

* Minnesota North Star Neal Broten became the first American-born NHLer to net 100 points in a season in 1986.

* The New York Rangers, in 1992 clinched their first President's Trophy in 50 years.

And your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of... Dave Newmark of Columbia, who was asked, around 1967, how the no-dunking rule made him feel. His response: "Smaller."