Record Performance Needed - Two weeks ago when Jamestown quarterback Jake Sisson set a Western New York record with 508 yards passing, it ended up that those yards were needed for the Red Raiders to win the game against Kenmore West.
Jamestown finished with 50 points, but Kenmore West had 28 and the Blue Devils actually led, 28-24, in the third quarter.
It reminded me of when Ashton Brown set the men's basketball scoring record for a game at Jamestown Community College in 2009 with 59 points. It happened in the championship game of The Post-Journal Classic against JCC-Olean. And all of Brown's points were needed because the Jayhawks won, 97-90, but led by only one with two minutes left.
It's similar to when you hear about a pitcher working on a no-hitter and usually the score is only 1-0 or 2-0.
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Personal Rule - The ban of the long putter is coming up in 2016. That last major ban in putting was in 1968 when the croquet-style was banned.
The pro who had the most success with it was Sam Snead.
In the current issue of Golf Digest there is a great interview with rules official David Eger and he sheds an interesting light on the ban of croquet-style putting.
Ward Foshay and fellow Augusta National member Hord Hardin had a rivalry on the golf course. In their older years, their putting suffered, but Foshay's got back on track when he became successful using the croquet style. That led to more wins over Hardin in their matches.
Hardin became the president of the United States Golf Association and on Jan. 1, 1968, the croquet-style putting was not permitted in the Rules of Golf.
USGA lore says Hardin put through the abolishment so he could start winning his matches again against Foshay.
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Rubber-Band Man - What the ban on croquet-style putting might have done for Snead was save his back.
There was an actual croquet putter available at the time. You stood up rather straight and used it just like a croquet mallet. I'll have to admit it did look like a good way to putt. However, Snead never used it.
Instead, he used a regular Bullseye putter. He straddled over the ball and bent very low as he held the putter at the top of the grip with his left hand and very low on the shaft, about a foot above the putter head, with his right hand.
Fortunately, Snead was very flexible and it was always reported that at the age of 75 he could still kick the 8-foot ceiling in his home.
After the ban, Snead continued to putt in a similar way sidesaddle with quite a bit of success.
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From A Sprint To A Marathon - This will be quite a different National Hockey League. Last season was a sprint and this season will be a marathon, particularly for the players who will also be participating in the Winter Olympics.
Because of the lockout, the 2012-13 season was all in 2013. A 48-game regular season started on Jan. 19 and ended on April 28.
This season things are back to normal with 82 regular-season games starting next week. There will be a break for the Winter Olympics Feb. 9-26, but not for those players participating.
Those Olympic NHL players will be making up for lost time last season.
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Not Just Out Of Town - When a football team starts the season at 0-3, often the best thing is if the fourth game is on the road. That way at least the team can get away from criticism from the media and fans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Viking are both off to an 0-3 start and they are not just out of town on Sunday; they are out of the country.
They will play a Wembley Stadium in London.
A couple of winless teams hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of the fans. About 84,000 tickets have been sold.
Maybe the team that loses will decide to stay in London.