Monday’s List of 13: Random thoughts on a very quiet day

13) May 10, 1970, 50 years ago yesterday, Bobby Orr scored an overtime goal to give the Boston Bruins a 4-0 sweep over the St Louis Blues, and their first Stanley Cup in 29 years. They made a statue out of the picture of Orr extended in the air, parallel to the ground after he got tripped while scoring the goal.

12) Three years earlier, NHL had expanded from six to 12 teams all at once; the six new teams were all in the same division, and St Louis won that division the first three years, but went 0-12 in their Stanley Cup finals games.

Over the next 46 years, St Louis never got back to the Stanley Cup finals, but they won their first Cup last season, beating the Bruins in seven games. Looks like they may get to be defending Cup champions for two years, since it seems unlikely this NHL season will continue.

11) An entire umpiring crew in the KBO (Korean baseball league) got demoted to the minors last week, after only four days of the season- they must’ve been pretty terrible.

10) KBO started in 1982, but they didn’t have standardized baseballs until 2016.

9) If you had to guess “Which major leaguer holds the record for most RBI’s in his first major league game?” you wouldn’t have guessed Starlin Castro, but on May 7, 2010, Castro went 2-5 with a homer and six RBI in the Cubs’ 14-7 win in Cincinnati.

Castro batted 8th, homered off the aptly-named Homer Bailey in his first MLB at-bat.

8) Baseball’s 2020 amateur draft will be June 10, but it will be reduced to only five rounds. Teams can sign undrafted players from June 13-August 1.

7) Taulia Tagovailoa, Tua’s brother, is transferring out of Alabama; he played in five games for the Crimson Tide as a freshman last year, completing 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a TD. He was a 4-star recruit coming out of high school.

6) Former Ravens/Broncos’ QB Joe Flacco had neck surgery in April; will be interesting to see if/when he resurfaces as an NFL quarterback.

5) Giants have Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator; they also brought in Cooper Rush to be a backup QB- he was Dak Prescott’s backup the last three years. Rush’s familiarity with Garrett’s offense will help Daniel Jones adjust to a new system.

4) I will never understand why baseball managers/coaches wear uniforms; it makes no sense

3) I didn’t remember that Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars nine times; wonder what he got paid for doing that?

2) Why some teams never win:
Stephen Curry was the 7th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft; Minnesota had the 5th and 6th picks- they took two guards, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn, passing on Curry.

Rubio has had a solid NBA career, while Flynn lasted only three years in the NBA.

1) It looks like I’ll start posting trends/stats for Korean baseball games, beginning with Thursday night/Friday morning games. ESPN shows some of the games, so I’m assuming there will be some interest in them. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.