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365体育投注* The greatest sporting event in American history was — and always will be — the USA Miracle On Ice 4-3 hockey victory over the Soviets. It took place a little over 40 years ago in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Captain Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal but after he led a Gold Medal victory in the next game versus Finland, he never played another game.

365体育投注* Regarding UC Davis’ own Jake Maier’s signing by the Calgary Stampeders, another pretty fair quarterback once played for the Stamps; a guy by the name of Doug Flutie. And while we’re in Calgary, the Stamps QB room includes two former Big Sky players, Eastern Washington’s Bo Levi Mitchell and Montana State’s Dakota Prukop, who finished his college career at Oregon.

365体育投注* During the pandemic, players of all sizes, shapes and bank accounts do what they can to stay in shape. Coaches social distance themselves in film rooms. But how about officials?

365体育投注Fox television rules analyst — and Sacramento resident — Mike Pereira last worked on the field in 1997, leading to his longtime administrative role as NFL vice president of officiating prior to the last decade with Fox. Right now, he’s helping local high school officials and coaches, in conjunction with Capital Valley Conference commissioner Al Hooker, doing Zoom tutorials on all phases of officiating.

* Two giants in their fields: Willie Mays, the greatest player of his time, turned 89 on May 6.  Joining him, Bob Seger, 75, the legendary rocker and leader of the Silver Bullet Band. Mays did almost everything a player could do on a ball field, save for one … In a career that spanned 1951-73, he never hit for the cycle. Mays hit 646 of his career 660 home runs for the New York/San Francisco Giants. Mix in 140 career triples and 523 doubles and about 2,000 it’s hard to fathom that he didn’t stick one of each in the same game.

* Mays tripled off Whitey Ford in the first inning of the 1959 All-Star Game, leading to a 5-4 National League win. Observed longtime Giants writer Bob Stevens in the next day’s paper: “The only man who could have caught the ball, hit it.”

365体育投注* Mays and longtime Bay Area/S.F. Chronicle baseball journalist John Shea have collaborated on “24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid.” Check it out. I’m guessing you have time now.

* Speaking of shelter in place, here’s an update from former UC Davis infielder and current Chicago Cub Daniel Descalso: “We stayed down in Arizona once they postponed the season.  A teammate set up a weight room in his garage and we train there. I’ve been able to hit and throw but in a limited capacity. Other than that, lots of hanging out with the kids and some bikes, hikes and pool days now that it’s getting hot. Trying to take advantage of this extra time I get to spend with the family.” Descalso played five years for St. Louis (2010-14), two in Arizona (2015-16), two in Colorado (2017-18) and will began his second season in Chicago when (if?) MLB resumes.

365体育投注* Longtime author and friend Bob Drury has written/co-written nine books, including the highly-acclaimed “Valley Forge,” as well as pieces for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ and others. Drury’s early career was as a New York Post sportswriter. He was on the New York Giants practice field in 1981 when Lawrence Taylor sacked the QB on his first three 11-on-11 practice snaps. Drury remembers “It wasn’t Phil Simms.” So who was that unfortunate fellow? (Answer below).

365体育投注* Among the 49ers glaring personnel miscues was thinking Frank Gore was finished after the 2014 season. Since then, Gore has been productive at Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo and recently signed with NY Jets. His 15,347 yards gained rank third in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton.

365体育投注* Your trivia answer to Taylor’s target: Scott Brunner.

— Doug Kelly is director of communications for Battlefields2Ballfields and managing general partner of Kelly & Associates. Kelly also is the longtime radio and television color man on UC Davis football broadcasts.

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