By Jim Riggs, Sports Editor
Nuts And Bolts
Monday NFL Title Game - There has been discussion that if the weather is too poor to play the Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, on Sunday, it will be played on Monday. And if it can't be played on that Monday, it will be on Tuesday and so on.
It might sound odd to play the Super Bowl, which is now the NFL's championship game, on a Monday, but it wasn't odd in 1960.
That year, the NFL title game between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles at Franklin Field in Philadelphia was played on a Monday. It was on Monday, Dec. 26, because the NFL didn't want the game to be played on Christmas Day.
The game began at noon and that didn't bother the fans as 67,325 showed up.
Someone very familiar with that game is Jamestown native Jim McCusker, who was the starting left tackle for the Eagles, who won, 17-13.
Too Many Jacksons - On Tuesday night when the Jamestown Community College men's basketball team played Erie CC, the host Jayhawks had Kasean Jackson and Jerome Jackson in their lineup while the Kats had DeVante Jackson.
On Thursday, JCC played at Monroe CC and in addition to the Jayhawks' two Jacksons, the Tribunes had on their roster Artice Jackson and Davon Jackson.
The coaches had to be careful not to yell ''Jackson!'' because they would have received plenty of responses.
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What Are Their Minds On? - At the most important time of the NFL season, the postseason, I wonder what is mainly on the minds of a lot of assistant coaches.
I'm talking about the assistant coaches who are in the running for head coaching positions. Many spend a lot of time before a playoff game traveling around the country interviewing for head coaching positions. A good example is new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Heading into Sunday's playoff game at Denver, Whisenhunt, then San Diego's offensive coordinator, interviewed at Detroit on Thursday, at Tennessee on Friday and at Cleveland on Saturday.
That sounds like an exhausting schedule even without having to game plan for a game on Sunday.
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The Nice Bruin - Last week I discussed a book about Derek Sanderson, who typified a member of the Big Bad Bruins of the late 1960s into the mid-1970s. There is also a book out about the ''nice guy'' on those Bruins teams. And he was also one of the most talented, not only on the team, but also in the entire NHL.
Bobby Orr, who revolutionized the game as a defenseman, has finally written his autobiography, Orr: My Story (Putnam, $27.95).
Orr follows the motto of: ``If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say it at all.'' Orr still has plenty to say which makes great reading and he doesn't come across looking like a Pollyanna.
Orr avoids saying much about himself. The main reason the Bruins were successful in the late 1960s into the mid-1970s was because he set numerous team and NHL records while also winning numerous awards. However, he barely mentions them.
They are listed in the back of the book of you want to check them out.
Orr even holds back on the person who had the biggest impact on his life, his former agent, Alan Eagleson. Orr notes Eagleson is no longer a part of his life, he is just a bad memory - a very bad memory.
Eagleson ended up being convicted of embezzlement and fraud in both the United States and Canada, and most of it involves how he stole from Orr. He was someone Orr had trusted from the time he was a teenager.
Eagleson also stole from the National Hockey League Players' Association.
The worse thing he did to Orr was not to tell him the truth about the Bruins' offer for a new contract in 1976 when he was a free agent. Orr said his heart was in Boston and the thought of him playing somewhere else was unheard of. But he ended up signing with the Chicago Blackhawks because Eagleson told Orr the Bruins had given up on him. Boston not only offered Orr plenty of money, but more importantly, part ownership of the team to ensure he would remain a Bruin for life. And that's what he should have been.
Instead, Eagleson never told Orr, who ended up signing with Chicago.
It ends up Eagleson, as usual, was looking out for himself and was doing a favor for the Blackhawks' ownership.
Orr goes on to throw out some interesting opinions. One is that he doesn't believe in attending hockey schools in the summer. He would prefer children play other sports in hockey's offseason. Orr notes he played plenty of baseball in the summer.
He thinks a lot of young hockey players can get burnt out playing hockey 12 months a year. And that's the opinion of one of hockey's greatest players who didn't attend a hockey school until he was 18.
Furthermore, Orr would like to see the center-ice red line be brought back. His reasoning is it would reduce the high-speed collisions we see now that are resulting in concussions.
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Watching Something Else - When the Winter Olympics begin in a couple of weeks, the United States hockey team will be seeking its first gold medal since 1980.
The U.S. won that gold medal by defeating Finland in the title game. But the game most people remember is the U.S. win over the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
That game was at 5 p.m., but wasn't seen in the United States on tape delay until 8 p.m.
The current coach of the U.S. team remembers it well - sort of.
In an Associated Press story this week, U.S. coach Dan Bylsma, who is also the Pittsburgh Penguins coach, admits he was watching ''Joker's Wild'' when he saw it streaming across the bottom of his TV screen that the U.S. had knocked off the Soviet Union.