Monthly Archives: January 2014

Let the Winter Olympics begin

On January 25, 1924, the opening ceremonies of the first modern winter Olympic Games, originally called ‘Winter Sports Week’ were held in Chamonix, France. The Olympic committee was formed in 1921. There were 258 athletes participating in the games ,11 were women and 247 were men.  The games were witnessed by 10,000 paying spectators. The […]

First Heisman winner in the pro HoF

On January 23, 1985, O.J. Simpson was inducted into the football Hall of Fame as he became the first Heisman Trophy recipient to have his name eternalised in Canton, Ohio. Simpson played two seasons for Southern California. Following his freshman season in 1967 he was named Consensus All-America, Walter Camp Player of the Year and was second in Heisman […]

Bjorn Borg turns to retirement

On January 22, 1983, 26-year-old superstar Bjorn Borg retired from tennis after playing professionally 10 years. Borg retired at an unusually young age because his career took a hard turn in late 1982. His record of five straight wins at Wimbledon turned into a struggle to win a match.  He told his family and friends […]

Bryant gets 25,000 before Chamberlain

On January 21, 2010, Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant became the youngest player, and 15th ever, in the NBA to score 25,000 points, beating Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days. Bryant scored 31 points and despite his efforts the Lakers suffered an away loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-87. LeBron James helped lead the Cavaliers to victory by […]

Patrick Roy-First goalie to 1,000 games

On January 20, 2003, Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche became the first goalie in the NHL to play in his 1,000th game in a 1-1 home tie with the Dallas Stars. The only Star to get the puck by Roy was Jere Lehtinen assisted by Mike Modano and Darryl Sydor. Dallas goalie Marty Turco let Riku Hahl score with assists by Greg de Vries and Steve […]

Gretzky scores four, highest scoring NHL game

On January 4, 1984, the Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota North Stars 12-8, making it the highest scoring game in the modern era. Game highlights included the Oiler’s Wayne Gretzky scoring four goals and four assists. The second period started with the Oilers up 5-2 and finishing the 20 minutes of play time up 10-6. Jari […]

Big wins in college hoops

On January 3, 2004, Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson took his 700th win and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski wins his 600th career win. Olson’s Wildcats took a 93-74 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Krzyewski’s Blue Devils beat the Clemson Tigers 73-54. Olson started his coaching career at Long Beach State in the Pacific Coast Athletic […]