1. Mariano Rivera passed Trevor Hoffman to become the saves king with 602 saves earlier this week. I don’t know what your opinion is on Rivera, whether you’re a Yankees fan or not (I’m not), but still, you have to respect this guy. He’s been the most generous and classy man in baseball for almost 20 years. He’s incredible as a closer and his ability to not show emotion is incredible to me. A big congrats to Mariano Rivera on that. Undoubtably the greatest closer of all time.
2. Mike Modano retired from hockey as, in my mind, for sure one of the greatest Americans to ever play. If you really think about it, Modano didn’t just play hockey. He was an ambassador to his own country! When the Stars moved from Minnesota, a hockey mad state, to Dallas, there was a lot of criticism, and rightly so, because what did Dallas know about hockey? Nothing. Texas was (and is still mainly) a baseball and hockey state, with a little basketball love. Modano changed that pretty quickly when he won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and Dallas fell in love with hockey. There’s an excellent article by Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com about Modano’s career here.
Also, I promised you to be fully back posting but I failed to do that. Sorry. I’ve been working more on my other two blogs, and I’ll be back posting (for sure) on this blog this week, including the big post on rugby.