Lazzari’s Sports Roundup – 9/24/09

Hmmm, so I see that the lovely Charlize Theron recently graced the September issue of Vogue. No offense, New York fans, but she’s a LOT easier on the eyes than the photo of the N.Y. Giants defensive front that appeared on the cover of the 8/31 issue of the Sporting News ……….TRIVIA QUESTION: The 1985 Toronto Blue Jays had four players on the squad who stole more than 20 bases apiece that season. Can you name these four men? Answer to follow………O.K.–here goes: Actress Tuesday Weld marries legendary North Carolina educator Bill Friday, divorces, marries former MLB outfielder Rick Monday–divorces again–then walks down the aisle with NFL center Jeff Saturday. She then graces film sets with the full married name of Tuesday Friday Monday Saturday……….This week in sports history, September 21, 1985: A hungry Michael Spinks ends Larry Holmes’ seven-year reign as heavyweight champion–winning a unanimous 15-round decision in Las Vegas. Holmes was attempting to tie the great Rocky Marciano’s string of 49 straight victories but could only muster weak jabs against Spinks–the light-heavyweight title-holder. With the victory, Spinks was able to claim the crown that his brother Leon had held briefly back in 1978……….Anyone else out there who develops that “Mylanta stomach ache”/sick feeling in his/her gut–along with a rise in blood pressure–whenever the term “pitch count” comes up on MLB telecasts?……….Lazzari’s “Lopsided Score of the Week”: In a college football game played in Louisiana last weekend, Southern rolled over Central State 68-0; the losing squad was held to just 44 total yards while Southern scored at least two TD’s in each quarter. Sheesh, and I thought the Michael Jackson/Lisa Marie Presley marriage/fiasco was a mismatch!……….ITEM: Former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour says he’s “excited” to join the Oakland Raiders–and finally reports to the league’s worst team over the past six years. Sure, Richard, that’s like yours truly saying that I’m “excited” when the VISA, American Express, and car insurance bills all arrive on the same day……….Call me crazy and/or misguided, but I think all major league teams should be required to display a huge neon sign in front of their ballparks that reads, “NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR FINANCIAL RUIN; OPEN PURSES AND WALLETS AT YOUR OWN RISK”……….Answer to trivia question: LLOYD MOSEBY (37), DAMASO GARCIA (28), JESSE BARFIELD (22), and GEORGE BELL (21)……….In the mood to see some terrific, memorable photos? The NY Daily News has put together a gallery of “Sports All-Time Greatest Upsets.” Check out these excellent shots by visiting ……….Happy birthday wishes go out to former major league pitcher Mark Guthrie–who blows out 44 candles on September 25th. In a 15-year career that lasted from 1989-2003, Guthrie pitched for a total of TEN different teams–but the majority of his time was spent as a member of the Twins and Dodgers. Used mainly as a reliever during his career, the Buffalo native’s best two seasons were arguably/strangely his LAST two. As a member of the Mets and Cubs in ’02 and ’03, Guthrie appeared in a total of 133 games during that span and posted ERA’s of 2.44 and 2.74 respectively. Mark Guthrie compiled a lifetime record of 51-54 while appearing in a total of 765 major league games; best wishes, Mark……….Finally, condolences go out to the family of former Lynchburg (VA) College soccer coach Bill Shellenberger–who died recently at the age of 88. Having played at Penn State during his own college days, Shellenberger took over the Lynchburg program in 1954 and went on to compile a record of 371-167-48 before retiring in 1989. The first collegiate soccer coach to win 300 games, he was a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame–the first soccer personality ever to be inducted. Shellenberger is survived by a son, Hank, a daughter, Ginny, and a grandson; rest in peace, “Coach.”

About the Author

Bob Lazzari

Bob Lazzari is an award-winning sports columnist for both Connecticut's Valley Times and NY Sports Day--where his "Sports Roundup" column is featured weekly. He is a member of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance and host of "Monday Night Sports Talk" --a cable television show on CTV/Channel14 in Connecticut. A Fordham grad, Bob is a regular contributor to ESPN Radio's "Inside Yankee Baseball"; he can also be heard weekly every Tuesday morning on WXLM/104.7 FM in New London, CT. He has a popular blog where many of his past columns have been archived.

Get connected with us on Social Media