Allan “Bud” Selig has been the commissioner of Major League Baseball since 1998, after serving as acting commissioner from 1992-1997. Selig’s contributions to the game include: implementation of the wild card, interleague play, divisional realignment and revenue sharing. His tenure also has to be remembered for overseeing the sport during MLB’s infamous era of steroid use.
Prior to his commissionership, Selig owned the Milwaukee Brewers, beginning in the team’s inaugural season of 1970.
For a man of such wealth and accomplishment, many people are not aware of Selig’s different approach to daily living, as compared to the commissioners of the other major sports.
Despite Rory McIlroy’s remarkable opening two rounds, the biggest story of the 2011 US Open, which is being played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, is the absence of Tiger Woods. After returning from his well publicized marital drama, Woods re-injured his knee, causing him to once again miss time during the current golf season.
This marks the first time Woods has not played in the US Open since 1994.
The last time Woods won a major was during the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has endured an interesting journey en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. Thomas played college hockey at the University of Vermont from 1993-1997. He was originally drafted in 1994, by the old Quebec Nordiques, who are now the Colorado Avalanche. After bouncing around the minor leagues and European hockey, Thomas joined the Bruins organization in 2001, becoming the team’s full-time goaltender in 2005.
In addition to his successes in Boston, Thomas was a member of the 2010 United States Olympic team, where he saw some action serving as back up to Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.
Thomas is hoping to highlight his whirlwind career by hoisting the Stanley Cup Trophy with his Bruins teammates.
There are five players in the 2011 NBA Finals, three on the Miami Heat roster and two on the Dallas Mavericks roster, that are looking to win an NBA Championship, after already owning an NCAA Championship.
The guys who have won an NCAA Title are Mike Bibby (1997 Arizona), Jason Terry (1997 Arizona), Jamaal Magloire (1998 Kentucky), Corey Brewer (2006, 2007 Florida) and Mario Chalmers (2008 Kansas).
If the Vancouver Canucks hold on to their 2-0 series lead, against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, they would be the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. That year, the Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings in five games. The series featured Patrick Roy, Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky. It would turn out to be Gretzky’s last Stanley Cup Finals appearance. The Kings were coached by current ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose.
In 1985, the NBA switched the Finals to a 2-3-2 format, to protect against repeated long cross country flights, which existed in the 2-2-1-1-1 format. Since that change, a couple very interesting things have happened.
First, in the 11 times a series has been tied 1-1, going into Game 3, the team that wins Game 3 has won the series every single time.
Second, the team without home court advantage, that hosts the middle three games of the series, has swept those games only twice. The 2004 Detroit Pistons and the 2006 Miami Heat.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was the starting point guard for the University of Portland Pilots of the West Coast Conference from 1988-1992. Spoelstra would get his start in the NBA, working as video coordinator for the Heat beginning in 1995. The 40-year-old would later serve in multiple roles on the team’s coaching and scouting staffs, before being named head coach in 2008.
Ironically, the last time a team won the NBA Finals after losing Game1 was in 2006, when the Heat rallied from down 2-0, to beat the Mavericks in 6 games. After Thursday’s comeback victory in Game 2, the Mavs hope to rewrite history in 2011.