Lazzari’s Sports Roundup – 10/25/10

Lazzari’s “Lopsided Score of the Week”: In a college football game played last week out in Missouri, Lindenwood annihilated Culver-Stockton 90-19; the winning squad scored on 13 of 16 possessions (including eight rushing TD’s), had 721 yards of total offense, and led by a score of 48-3 at HALFTIME. Sheesh–and I used to think that the Liz Taylor/Larry Fortensky relationship was a mismatch……….TRIVIA QUESTION: During the 1982 World Series (won by St. Louis in seven games vs. the Milwaukee Brewers), three Cardinals players tallied nine hits apiece. Can you name this trio? Answer to follow……….ITEM: Georgia RB Caleb King is arrested for failing to appear in court–making him the ELEVENTH Bulldogs player arrested in 2010. I am now totally convinced–as long as Mark Richt remains head coach–that this will be the first college football program in history to soon employ a team bail bondsman–and have that person be considered an INTEGRAL part of the athletic staff……….Anyone out there catch the recent photo of Christie Brinkley attending the screening of “Fair Game” at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art? Follow-up question: Does anyone out there still think that exercise DOESN’T do a body good?……….This week in sports history, October 26, 1970: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali ends a 3 1/2 year boxing layoff–scoring a third-round technical knockout vs. Jerry Quarry in a non-title bout held in Atlanta. Ali had been stripped of his title a few years earlier when he refused to be inducted into the armed services due to religious beliefs. Ali was simply much too fast/nimble for the slow-moving Quarry and proceeded to open a huge gash over his younger opponent’s left eye during the third round–resulting in Quarry’s trainer ultimately throwing in the towel……….Congratulations go out to a friend, Lori Harley–a “forty-something” Minnesota resident–who recently completed the Twin Cities Marathon (her FIRST 26-mile undertaking) in a respectable time of 4 hours, 13 minutes. She assures me she won’t stop there, either; Lori plans on running her second marathon down in Miami in January–which happens to fall on the same day as her 23rd wedding anniversary. Great job, Lori–and continued good luck!……….A possible reason why the Fordham Rams DON’T have last names on the back of their football jerseys? Defensive tackle George Apostolopoulos……….Great quote by Yale football broadcaster Ron Vaccaro during last weekend’s Fordham/Yale game–when the Rams were trailing by a point while on their own ten-yard-line with about a minute left to play: “Fordham needs a MIRACLE–but they ARE a Catholic school.”……….Loyal column reader Dr. David Kramer chimes in once again with this gem: “People talk about Brett Favre’s interception near the end of the Vikings/Saints’ playoff game last year as one pass that he shouldn’t have thrown. In terms of Jenn Sterger (the Jets sideline reporter whom the married Favre was pursuing), perhaps he shouldn’t have made THAT pass, either.”……….Answer to trivia question: GEORGE HENDRICK, DANE IORG, and LONNIE SMITH……….Happy birthday wishes go out to former major league pitcher Pete Vuckovich–who blows out 58 candles on October 27th. In a career that spanned 11 seasons between 1975 and 1986, Vuckovich pitched for four teams–the White Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Brewers–winning 93 games lifetime. While with Milwaukee (where he became a fan favorite due to his colorful personality), Vuckovich led the AL in wins during the 1981 strike-shortened season (14) and followed that up by winning the Cy Young Award in 1982–a year in which he went 18-6 while pitching 223 innings. In three postseason series with the Brewers, Vuckovich went 1-2 with an ERA of 3.74. Shoulder problems ultimately cut short Pete’s career as he was done with baseball at the age of 33. Best wishes, Pete……….Finally, condolences go out to the family of former NBA player Larry Siegfried–who died recently in Ohio after suffering a heart attack on October 5th; he was 71. Siegfried helped Ohio State win its only NCAA championship back in 1960; he was also the captain and MVP of the school’s 1960-’61 squad and was a second-team All-American. Siegfried, a guard/forward, later became a member of five Boston Celtics championship teams from 1964-1969; he also played in San Diego, Houston and Atlanta over his nine-year career. Siegfried averaged close to 11 points per game during his NBA tenure and was a career 85% shooter from the free-throw line. He is survived by his wife, Tina, three daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson. May Larry Siegfried 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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