9:00 PM Workers at Davco Fasteners in Twinsburg, Ohio surprised co-worker & former minor league baseball player Dick Potts by giving him a personalized bat on his 88th birthday. Potts said the gift meant "more than anything I've ever had happen to me".
8:45 PM New York Giants quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf was honored Thursday night by the Polycycstic Kidney Disease Foundation. Seven years earlier Langsdorf had donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, sister of former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
(Surprising tho, no calls for Dungy to get off Buddy’s lawn)
While needling Rex Ryan about his obscenity-laced presentation during the HBO program yesterday, Dungy also suggested that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tell the Jets coach to tone down the expletives during the show.
(Guess which one likes to punch refs? Here’s a hint: He has white hair.)
According to the soccer blog THE SPOILER, Santilli was upset with a call and wanted to inspire his team, which was facing relegation from Brazil’s top division with a loss. Unfortunately, when he grabbed a second ball and ran out on the pitch with it to try and show that his team deserved the ball, he also ran over a player from the opposing team, Catanduvense. But that didn’t stop the former assistant coach of the Brazilian national team. No, instead he went right back over, picked his ball back up, walked up to referee Flavio Rodrigues de Souza (who had just ejected him) and drilled him with a nasty right uppercut.
That’s right, in one span of approximately 60 seconds, a coach ran over a player like a speed bump and punched a coach. That has to be some kind of land-speed record. Luckily, we have video of the incident after the break, so you can time it for yourself.
Mike Florio at PRO FOOTBALL TALK, which we probably check more on a daily basis than any other site out there, has a 1992 vid clip of “NBC LIVE!!!” It features Bob Costas, Buddy Ryan (someone check his glucose meter) and as Costas says, “as always, O.J. Simpson.”
The vid shows highlights of Brett Favre’s first major appearance with the Packers, as he led the team to a comeback win over the Bengals that day. From the postgame interview, looks like it was Skoal Bandits for Favre before he started dipping into the Vicodin.
We also enjoyed how Costas advises us on how to pronounced Favre’s last name: “By the way that is the way it’s pronounced, even though it’s spelled F-A-V-R-E.”