Fun and Poignant Sports This and That

by The Beacon Sports Staff

When planning for the first paper of 2020, the Beacon sports staff thought about reaching out to the SMCC student body to ask you: what are your sports dreams for
the new year? Heck, what are your dreams for the decade we are starting? While
we did not officially reach out to you, we thought it a good idea to share a few poignant… and some humorous sports blurbs.

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Martin Luther King Jr. (left) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar (right)

Let’s start with the poignant. Did you know that in 1964, the then 17-year-old Kareem Abdul Jabbar had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Martin Luther King? He did when Dr. King visited a Harlem Youth Unlimited journalism workshop. Jabbar was chosen to attend the press conference after Dr. King’s talk. And yes, Jabbar was attending the journalism workshop as an interested journalist.

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Tom Brady


Let’s jump forward to a few weeks ago. “The dynasty is over,” quipped CBS sports
color commentator Jim Nantz as time ran out for the New England Patriots ending their bid to win their 7th Super Bowl. The Tennessee Titans would play the role of the heart breaker for the Patriot’s Nation when they won 20-13 in the NFL Wild Card round. As we all know, all dynasties eventually fall and are replaced by new ones. Tom Brady a free agent. The Jets looking for a competent quarterback.The Jets become the next NFC dynasty, but stranger things have happened.



On January 21, 1990, John McEnroe became the first player to be expelled from the Australian Open. McEnroe would be the first player disqualified from a Grand Slam event since 1963. McEnroe would get disqualified on the third code violation
when he challenged the umpires call in his patented John McEnroe manner. Youtube
“John McEnroe Outburst”, you’ll see.

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John McEnroe

“Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?” Jacques Plante, who played goalie for the Canadiens from 1953 through 1963. While Plante wasn’t the first goalie to wear a mask, he was incremental in making the mask standard equipment for goalies.

For the boxing fan: “I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.” That comes to us from Mohammad Ali, the father of trash talk. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, and trash talk your opponent into oblivion.

Back on campus at SMCC, the athletics department recently released retention data. The data was based upon USCAA measuring standards, which are higher than the college’s standards. In some cases, some student-athletes may not meet the USCAA standards
while meeting the college’s standards.

~ Total number of Stu-dent-Athletes Fall 2019: 118 (up 2% from this time last year)
~ Fall 2019 to Spring 2020 Retention: 91.5% (same as last year at this time)
~ Fall 2019 Student-Athlete Overall GPA: 2.79 (up from a 2.66 this time last year)
~ Number of Student-Athletes above 3.0 GPA: 47 (40% of all student-athletes)

There you go SMCC, five fun sports blurbs and an athletic student update, that may or may not grab your interest. Speaking of interest, the Beacon would love to hear from the SMCC community regarding this: what are your sports dreams for 2020 and the decade?Let us know your thoughts by sending them to mbeacon@smccme.edu We’ll do our best to publish your thoughts.

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