Time Out With Tany • Christmas Edition

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   From Issue 872   By: Jack B Tany

20th December, 2018     0

What college did Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin attend?

  1. Appalachian State
  2. Utah State
  3. Boise State
  4. Delta College

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES

Robert Trent Jones, golf architect, on a new green he has designed for a Texas golf course in the shape of that state, “A drainage channel on the left represents the Rio Grande. A pond on the right is the Gulf of Mexico. The sand trap at the back stands for Oklahoma.

Former Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”

Former New York Ranger Rod Gilbert, explaining why had had punched Philadelphia Flyer Bill Lesuk during a hard-fought game, “He hit me on the head with his stick. And he didn’t apologize.”

IDLE THOUGHTS

To show you just how bad the Detroit Lions franchise is, Wayne Fontes is Detroit’s all-time winningest head coach, and he has an overall record of below .500 with a 67-71 mark (.486).

Herb Washington was born in Belzoni, Mississippi, and his family moved to Flint when he was an infant. He attended Flint Northern High School until 10th grade, when it was discovered that he lived outside of the school’s boundaries. Losing a semester of athletic eligibility, Washington was forced to finish at Flint Central High School. After running the 100-yard dash in 9.2 seconds, he received numerous college scholarship offers, ultimately choosing Michigan State University, where he was a four-time All-American and tied or broke the world record in the 50 and 60-yard dashes. In 1974, Washington was tapped by Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley to become the team's "designated runner." Finley and Washington worked out a one-year $45,000 contract with a $20,000 signing bonus. The contract had an unusual clause requiring Washington to grow facial hair before the beginning of the season. Washington had difficulty growing a full mustache, so he used an eyebrow pencil to simulate full facial hair. Despite having no professional baseball experience, and having last played baseball in high school, Washington was a member of the Athletics 1974 World Series championship team. Appearing as a pinch-runner for Joe Rudi in game two of the World Series, Washington was picked off first base in a crucial ninth-inning situation by Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall. Washington played in 105 MLB games without batting, pitching, or fielding, playing exclusively as a pinch runner. He had 31stolen bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 runs during his short career. Washington’s 1975 Topps baseball card is the only baseball card ever released that uses the "pinch runner" position label.

 My friend Jerry Metiva once told me a bit of trivia regarding Washington and the infamous World Series pick-off. All three players involved in that play – Washington, Dodger pitcher Mike Marshall, and Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey – all attended Michigan State University.

Cheli’s Chili Bar is no longer. The sports bar, located at 47 E. Adams in Detroit and a stone’s throw from Comerica Park and Ford Field, is slated to close November 24th. The bar is owned by former Detroit Red Wings and Chicago native Chris Chelios, who played with the Wings from 1999-2009. Later, he worked in the Red Wings’ front office. He announced earlier this year that he was leaving Detroit to return to Chicago to help his sister with the medical needs of their ailing mother. At one time, Chelios also had a Cheli’s Chili restaurant in both Dearborn and Chicago. For people who really crave the chili, it is a menu item at Joe & Lewie’s Penalty Box Restaurant on Owen Road in Fenton.

Gus Johnson, who works with Joel Klatt on Fox Sports college football broadcasts, is one of my favorite play-by-play broadcasters. Yes, I know he gets quite exuberant, but he is so genuine that he could make a funeral sound exciting.

Over the years much has been made of the “feud” and “coldness” between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. They appeared to be opposites, so people just assumed they couldn’t possibly be friends, However, they had much in common. Both were miner’s sons. Both were three-sport athletes in high school. Both played halfback on their prep football teams. Both were recruited to play football by the University of Oklahoma, and both married their high school sweethearts.

After watching the Michigan/Indiana football game last Saturday, Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany really needs to step in do something about the dirty play by Indiana University. Besides the obvious targeting call on Cam Jones, there were three different plays where offensive lineman Simon Stepanik could have been flagged – including the play where he dove on top of Chase Winovich who was already on the ground.

It’d be nice if the college basketball season didn’t start until after the college football regular season is over. But the almighty television dollar looms large.

My question? Who is Michigan State University’s third-string quarterback? Brian Lewerke won’t play in the season finale with Rutgers because of his injured shoulder, and Rocky Lombardi had a subpar game against Nebraska. For those inquiring minds, it is Theo Day, a freshman. The Spartans should roll over Rutgers big time, so why not give Day some playing time since you won’t be burning his redshirt?

Whatever happened to Len Dawson?

PREDICTION

Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Championship Games

Division 1: Clarkston 35, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 12

Division 2: Warren DeLaSalle 28, Muskegon Mona Shores 24

Division 3: Muskegon 32, Detroit Martin Luther King 28

Division 4: Edwardsburg 16, Chelsea 8

Division 5: Portland 24, Hudsonville Unity Christian 21

Division 6: Jackson Lumen Christi 13, Montague 8

Division 7: Madison Heights Madison 40, New Lothrop 33

Division 8: Breckenridge 21, Reading 6                 

QUICK QUIZ ANSWER

  1. Appalachian State. The Lions took Martin in the fifth round of the 2013 National Football League draft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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