Lazzari’s Sports Roundup 10/6/10

*ATTENTION, TENNIS FANS: Tennis Ledger Magazine is now online–a quarterly publication that includes great stories and photos aimed at the true tennis aficionado out there. Publisher Joe McDonald has put together a skilled staff of knowledgeable tennis journalists in order to provide the reader with insightful coverage of the sport on a local and international basis. Fans can experience this new, wonderful website by logging onto ……….TRIVIA QUESTION: In the 1993 ALCS played between the Blue Jays and the White Sox (won by Toronto 4-2), two starting pitchers combined to win all four games for the victors. Can you name this duo? Answer to follow……….Just wonderin’: Do you think the two Redskins players who “pancaked” Philly’s Michael Vick last weekend–forcing him from the game–are MAJOR dog-lovers?………. ITEM: Georgia freshman linebacker Demetre Baker is dismissed from the squad after being charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol, and improper driving; Baker is the TENTH Georgia player to be arrested this year. At this rate, I’m convinced that it’s now advantageous for coach Mark Richt to restrict/simplify his recruiting efforts; Richt should do nothing more than hold open tryouts on the grounds of the Johnson State Prison in Wrightsville each summer–located about 90 miles from the Georgia campus……….With names like Ocieka Bakou, Ojatunji Idowu, and Prosper Mbongue-Muna on the University of Albany football roster, I’m just glad I’m not the Great Danes’ home stadium public address announcer……….In a recent vote by Yale football players, it was decided that senior linebacker Jesse Reising (Decatur, IL) is “most likely to be U.S. President.” Why? Maybe it’s because Reising–who will complete Marine Corps Officer Candidate School next year–currently possesses a 3.75 GPA (economics/political science) and is the Bulldogs’ (ummm, NOT Georgia) candidate for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. Excellent job, Jesse–and best wishes in WHATEVER you “tackle” once your fine college career comes to an end……….This week in sports history, October 12, 1992: During the Redskins’ 34-3 Monday night rout of the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Art Monk catches career pass #820–breaking the record for most receptions in NFL history. Seattle Seahawks great Steve Largent–who retired in 1989–held the record previously. Monk’s record-setting catch came on a 10-yard sideline pass from Mark Rypien; #820 came on the third straight pass thrown by Rypien to Monk. Monk also extended his streak of catching a pass in a game to 137–third on the all-time list behind Largent (177) and former Cleveland Browns star Ozzie Newsome (150)……….If Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield had aged HALF as well as a woman named Christie Brinkley, then the Red Sox are STILL playing baseball at the time you’re reading this current column……….Answer to trivia question: JUAN GUZMAN (Games 1 & 5) and DAVE STEWART (Games 2 & 6)………..Happy birthday wishes go out to former major league pitcher Steve Shirley–who blows out 54 candles on October 12th. The name probably doesn’t ring a bell, most likely due to the fact that this native of San Francisco pitched in only ONE big league season–1982 with the Dodgers. Shirley went 1-1 that season with an ERA of 4.26 while appearing in just 11 games. However, Shirley is a member of a unique fraternity; he came to bat just once during his short MLB tenure and SINGLED. Yes, folks, Steve Shirley can always brag that he’ll forever remain in the big league record books with a lifetime batting average of 1.000. Best wishes for many more celebrations to come, Steve……….Finally, condolences go out to the family of former Central Michigan basketball player/head coach Leonard Drake–who died recently in Evanston, IN after suffering a stroke; he was 56. Drake played at CMU from 1974-1977 and scored 1,338 points in his career–ranking #8 all-time in the school’s record book. During his freshman year, Drake hit two free throws with no time remaining on the clock as his team beat Georgetown 77-75 in a first round NCAA Tournament game. During his junior season, Drake averaged over 18 points per game as CMU won a share of the MAC title; he shot 88% from the free-throw line that year–ranking third in the nation. Drake later became CMU’s head basketball coach for four seasons–from 1993-’94 through 1996-’97. All told, the former team captain spent 33 years in collegiate athletics–most recently as an assistant coach for the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team. Drake is survived by his wife, Rhonda, a son, Jared, and a daughter, Enjoli; may Leonard Drake rest in peace

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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.

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