Thursday, March 5, 2009

Historically Speaking: 3-5-09

Off to a bit of a late start today, but all systems are up and running. Actually, it appears that they have been all along, but there was a bit of a problem in my mom's basement. Luckily, she brought me a PB&J with the crusts cut off, and I was able to use that energy to get out of the house and fix "my problem." Well, one of them anyway.

* Today in 1964, Ed Sabol's Blair Motion Pictures was purchased by the NFL teams. The company was later renamed NFL Films. Maybe you've heard of it.

* Nearly 20 years later, Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders became the first player in NHL history to tally 50 scores in eight consecutive seasons.

* The year was 1973 when Yankee southpaw pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich decided that they preferred one another's spouses more than their own, so they swapped.

* In 1994 Washington Bullet Michael Adams became the third NBAer in history to drain 900 career three-pointers. Swish!

* And the following year, some guy named Dennis Rodman -- then a Chicago Bull -- was suspended for one game by the NBA for deliberately elbowing Joe Wolf of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of...

... former Baltimore Oriole manager Earl Weaver. In 1979 the skipper was told by a slumping Al Bumbry that he had plans to attend chapel services, to which Weaver responded, "Take your bat with you."