What was the first city to host the Summer Olympics twice?
“The greatest sin a coach can commit is to allow kids to slide by. This goes for the classroom as well as the court.”
– Basketball coach Hubie Brown.
“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Baseball manager Leo Durocher.
“I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all.” — Simone Biles.
Remember former Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson? He once was called out looking by Cowboy Joe West and then ejected for arguing the call. He was fined $500 by the National League and paid it via check with the memo line filled out: Donation for the blind.
Quarterback Matt Ryan owns the National Football League record for the biggest blown lead in Super Bowl history, and now owns the record for the biggest blown lead in a regular season game. Yes, I know it’s kind of an unfair label because “Matty Ice” led the offense with 28 and 36 points, respectively, which should be enough to win an NFL game. However, both times he either needed to make one play or milk the clock to avoid disaster and he failed.
Former Baltimore Oriole first baseman Chris Davis, who retired from baseball because of a hip injury, will begin receiving deferred payments this year for a 15-year payout. He will receive the following:
$9.16M/year from 2023-2025
$3.5M/year from 2026-2032
$1.4M/year from 2033-2037
I sure hope he can survive on that income.
Speaking of money, I firmly believe Tony Romo gets paid by the word.
Quick . . . name the Detroit Lions back-up quarterback. Yeah, I couldn’t either.
Ferris State University’s football team recently won its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship when they pummeled Colorado School of Mines, 41-14. On the FSU roster were a pair of redshirt freshmen from Saginaw County – A.J. Polley and Keegan Robertson. Polley is a 6-3, 277-pound offensive lineman from Birch Run High School, and Robertson is a 6-1, 233-pound linebacker from Heritage High School.
The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame will have a new look on its 2023 ballot as an entire voting category will be devoted to female athletes.
The University of Michigan football team had an outstanding regular season but just couldn’t get the job done in the Fiesta Bowl, suffering a 51-45 loss to Texas Christian University. The 96 combined points makes it the highest-scoring game in Fiesta Bowl history. The Wolverines have not won a bowl game since 2015, and coach Jim Harbaugh's bowl record as the U-M coach is now 1-6 with six straight losses. Though Michigan has been one of the most dominant teams in the regular season each of the last two years, this is the second straight season that has ended in a College Football Playoff loss. The Wolverines played from behind the entire game and never led. Fingers can obviously be pointed at the U-M defense, but the offensive line had a poor effort and didn’t open holes like it did during the regular season. Sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy was 20-of-32 passing for 343 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of pick-sixes. McCarthy started the postgame press conference for Michigan players, he gave one answer, and then he walked out.
You may have missed it but politicians scrambled to alter the language of a recently-passed congressional bill that clears the path for Army linebacker Andre Carter II to enter the NFL draft. Language was filed in a piece of end-of-year legislation which will restore the opportunity for Carter and other current academy upperclassmen at Army, Navy, and Air Force to defer their military service to pursue professional sports. Carter is poised to be the highest-drafted Army player in more than a half-century. He is regarded as a Top-50 draft prospect, which would make him the highest-drafted player from the academy since 1947. I’m curious how Roger Staubach feels about it. Staubach attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the 1963 Heisman Trophy, and after graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Staubach then joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played with the team during all 11 seasons of his career. He led the team to the Super Bowl five times, four as the starting quarterback.
I came across this baseball statistic the other day. St. Louis Cardinal star Stan Musial had 3,630 hits in his Hall of Fame career – 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.
Whatever happened to Jack “Hawksaw” Reynolds?
QUICK QUIZ ANSWER
B. Paris, France was the first city to host the Summer Olympics twice. The Summer Olympics were specifically hosted in Paris in 1900 and 1924.
Jack Tany has written for several local and state publications since his graduation from Central Michigan University where he majored in journalism. He is a lifelong resident of the Saginaw area and is heavily-involved in the community as a member of the Fordney Club of Saginaw County, 100 Club of Saginaw County, Historical Society of Saginaw County, Saginaw Valley State University’s Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame, Harry Hawkins Award Committee, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saginaw program, and as a founding member and past president emeritus of the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame where he was inducted in 2015. A former sports editor, Tany wrote and self-published the book Glory, the History of Saginaw County Sports, which chronicles sports in Saginaw County from 1894-2000. He currently is a Senior Account Executive at Outfront Media, an outdoor advertising firm, and is a Saginaw County Commissioner, representing District 2. Tany has won a number of Michigan Press Association writing and photography honors during his career.
16th November, 2023