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Monday, June 11, 2012

Cleaning out the inbox

Just a note or two and then some recent passings of further note.

I didn't see the reported Manny Pacquaio robbery against Timothy Bradley,but it is tough for me to have too much sympathy for the Pac Man,considering that he took two wins and a draw from Juan Manuel Marquez in three fights that I scored for Marquez,albeit three close fights.

The Pirates have already signed their second round draft pick in Wyatt Mathisen.
No word on a bonus number,but Mathisen was rated as the top high school catcher in the draft and was taken out of a University of Texas commitment.
The Pirates have now ripped the Longhorns for Robbie Grossman,Josh Bell and now Mathisen in the last few seasons....

The New Jersey Devils attempt to keep their miracle run alive tonight in Los Angeles.
The Devils two wins after being down 3-0 made them the first team since 1945 to force a game six after being down 3-0.
Only one team ever has been down 3-0 in the Cup finals and won the series-the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

Best wishes to Paul Williams to fight back from a motorcycle accident that has left him partially paralyzed from the waist down.
Williams had signed to face WBC Junior Middleweight champion Saul Alvarez in the fall in a pay per view fight a few days before the accident..

Time to note a few recent passings.

Multiple world titlist Johnny Tapia was found dead in the state of New Mexico.
Tapia was one of the more exciting fighters of his era,but was known for his constant issues outside of the ring that saw him with several court related issues.
The five time champion was best known for his series of bouts with Paulie Ayala and Danny Romero.

Former Fleetwood Mac member and solo artist Bob Welch committed suicide in Nashville.
Welch had been a integral part of the band until 1975 when he left/was forced to leave for a solo career and has been given much of the credit for sending Fleetwood Mac towards the sound that would give them their highest success.
Welch had a few hits as a solo act including "Ebony Eyes""Precious Love" and "Sentimental lady".
Welch had suffered with health problems in recent years and had made the statement that he would rather die than be a burden to his family...
Welch was 65.

Former Soviet hockey star Vladimir Krutov passed recently at the age of 52.
Nicknamed "the tank" Krutov was part of the famed KLM line with Sergei Makarov and Igor Larionov
as the main line for the Soviet Union's hockey powerhouse of the late 70's and 80's.
All three signed with NHL teams in the late 80's and while Makarov was the rookie of the year for Calgary and Larionov spent a long career with several teams,Krutov came into the league in bad condition and spent one poor season with Vancouver,before returning to Russia.





1 comment:

Ryan H. said...

I had heard about Krutov but not Welch or Johnny Tapia. RIP.