"Lazzari's Sports Roundup" - - - - 2/1/14
The great causes/events continue. Mark your calendar, folks--March 2nd, 2014. Join the Connecticut Epilepsy Advocates' "Strike Out Epilepsy" event being held that day starting at noon. It will take place at the Milford Lanes on the Boston Post Road in Milford, CT; proceeds will go toward helping people/families living with epilepsy. President/founder Bob Fiore is a tireless advocate when it comes to making people aware of epilepsy--his continual motto being "Progress Through Awareness." On this fun-filled Sunday afternoon, there will be six bowlers per lane with pizza, nachos, and soda being served. The entry fee is $30 per person; sponsorship of banners (that will be displayed above each lane) is also an option for those who may be interested. For more information on this special event that combines physical activity with a true humanitarian "flavor," people can visit www.ct-ea.org..........TRIVIA QUESTION: The 1990-'91 Los Angeles Kings had FOUR players on their roster who tallied 30 or more goals apiece. Can you name this quartet? Answer to follow..........It may be considered "only" Division III, but there are very few college P.A. announcers--at ANY level--better than Eastern CT State University's Lee Walter..........Congrats to my good friend Bob Heussler--who is celebrating 25 years of broadcasting Fairfield University men's basketball games this year. To commemorate this milestone, Fairfield's athletic department will present "Bob Heussler Bobblehead Day" on Saturday, February 15th when the Stags host Rider. Part of the proceeds that afternoon will be donated to the Fairfield University School of Nursing in memory of Bob's late wife, Marcia--a nurse who passed away from cancer back in 2011. In all my years of being around sports media people, I have crossed paths with very few finer gentlemen than Mr. Heussler; I'm just regretful that I never had the opportunity to meet his loving wife in person. More information on this memorable event can be obtained by visiting www.fairfieldstags.com...........I was thinking of contacting the people at Thesaurus.com and suggesting that Dennis Rodman's PICTURE be placed alongside the entries, "mess", "clown", "idiotic", or perhaps ALL THREE..........How 'bout Nebraska-based mother-of-four Molly Schuyler--who recently set a record of eating 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes at a competitive eating competition held in Philadelphia? In fact, she annihilated Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce during the contest--who could eat "only" 65 that day. Among her amazing eating exploits in 2013 were downing nine pounds of fried mushrooms in 8 minutes and devouring eight beef patties in less than 2 minutes. The topper? She weighs only 125 pounds, folks. Man--can you imagine how nervous her husband may become the next time the family visits a KFC restaurant?..........How 'bout that incredibly lopsided college basketball game a few weeks ago--when Southern University PUMMELED Champion Baptist 116-12 (yes, you read that correctly, folks)? Just HOW bad was it? The losing squad shot 3-for-44 from the field (7%) and did not get on the scoreboard until freshman Kris Connor drained a pair of free throws with about five minutes left in the first half. Geez--I haven't seen anything THAT ugly since a former male college roommate of mine donned leotards prior to seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the late 70's..........Answer to trivia question: LUC ROBITAILLE (45), TOMAS SANDSTROM (45), WAYNE GRETZKY (41), and TONY GRANATO (30)..........I used to think that a Bert Blyleven curveball was the ultimate thing of beauty. That all changed this past week when I saw a swimsuit-clad Christie Brinkley on the cover of People Magazine. And GET THIS, folks: she turned 60 last Sunday. My goodness; maybe aging ISN'T so bad after all..........Finally, condolences go out to the family of former University of Washington fullback Mike Reed--who passed away last week at the age of 39 after battling a rare form of cancer; he was diagnosed about eight years ago. The son of an Air Force sergeant, Reed played high school ball in England before arriving in Washington. In his final game at UW, Mike had a 64-yard TD run vs. Michigan State on a fake punt during the Aloha Bowl; it remains a school record for the longest run in a bowl game. The undrafted Reed would go on to play four games in the NFL for the Eagles in 1998. Mike Reed is survived by his wife and four children; may he rest in peace.