Lace Them Up - During the Stanley Cup finals, former Boston Bruins hall of famer Bobby Orr was caught on camera quite a few times and even though he's 65, he looks like he could still play.
Hey, Gordie Howe was still playing when he was 51.
In contrast, Orr had to retire when he was only 30 because of knee injuries. He still had a great career, but you wonder how much greater it could have been without the knee injury.
It's sort of hockey's version of Mickey Mantle.
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I Know What you Mean - A teammate of Orr's in the 1970s was Derek Sanderson and during a pregame interview he brought up a good point about today's NHL. He said he had asked Orr, ''Were we that slow?''
I had been wondering the same thing. I had a Pittsburgh season ticket for two seasons back when Orr and Sanderson were playing and I feel the same way now when watching today's break-neck speed hockey compared to back then. It does seem like they were playing in slow motion in the 1970s.
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Big Miss - Jeremy Roenick started his NHL career with Chicago and played with the Blackhawks for eight seasons, so he definitely had a lot of interest in the team winning the Stanley Cup this season. However, he missed the dramatic way they won it.
Roenick is now an analyst for NBC and the NHL Network and while the Blackhawks were scoring two goals 17 seconds part in the final 76 seconds of Game Six to claim the title, he missed it.
Roenick was in an elevator heading down to the winning team's locker room, which it was assumed would belong to the Boston Bruins because they were leading, 2-1. It was in the elevator where he heard the roar and thought Chicago had tied the game. When Roenick got out of the elevator, he discovered the Blackhawks had won and he hadn't seen it.
That reminded me of Oct. 13, 1960, when Bill Mazeroski hit the most famous home run in Pittsburgh Pirates' history in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the World Series to defeat the New York Yankees. There was no one who lived and died with the Pirates more than broadcaster Bob Prince and like Roenick, Prince missed one of the most historic event in the team's history.
And Prince was also in an elevator.
When the Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Hal Smith home run, Prince, who was part of the NBC television team, was sent to the Pittsburgh clubhouse to handle interviews with the winning team. However, when the Yankees tied the game in the top of the ninth, Prince was told to head back to the TV booth. While riding in an elevator back to the press box, Prince heard a roar and when the elevator doors opened, he was told the Pirates had won and headed back to their club house.
He heard Mazeroski had won the game, but he didn't know how.
On live TV in the clubhouse, Mazeroski was one of the first players sent to Prince and I checked out a DVD I have of that game with the postgame interviews.
''Here's Bill Mazeroski who had the game-winning blow,'' Prince said when Mazeroski joined him on the podium.
Mazeroski said he was tired and Prince asked, ''What'd you do? You didn't have to run very far, did you boy? What was the pitch you hit, Bill?''
Mazeroski said it was a high fastball and soon Prince, who didn't know if the pitch he hit was for a single or what, shooed him off and grabbed Don Hoak for the next interview.
Hours later while having dinner at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Prince learned that Mazeroski hit a home run to give the Pirates their first World Series title in 25 years.
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Improvements Around Kentucky Speedway - NASCAR fans will remember the ''disaster'' at Kentucky Speedway in 2011 when there was a massive traffic jam on Interstate 71. It was so bad that nearly 20,000 fans could not get to the race, the Quaker 400. Some were still trying to get there when the race was at the halfway point and they were asked to turn around so the people leaving the race would be able to get out.
It was very understandable because the track holds 107,000 spectators and at the time it was serviced by only four lanes, two going each way, on I-71. It's in Sparta, Ky., and it looked exactly like Lake Erie Speedway beside I-86 at North East, Pa. And the Kentucky Speedway is about as far from the highway as Lake Erie Speedway is from I-86.
Imagine more than 100,000 fans trying to get to and from Lake Erie Speedway on the four lanes of I-86.
The week before this year's Quaker State 400 I drove by Kentucky Speedway on I-71 and what a difference. In that area, I-71 is now three lanes in each direction and each has fully a paved berm to accommodate another lane of traffic.
Too bad they didn't think about that when Kentucky Speedway was built.
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Southpaw Golf - In Golf World's wrapup of the U.S. Open, there was a great item in the Timeline section for the opening round.
Ted Potter Jr. found his ball close to a tree on the left side of the eighth hole where a husband and wife were standing. After watching Potter take several practice swings, the wife asked, ''Is he really going to hit this left-handed!''
The husband replied, ''He is left-handed.''