Today in Sports History: January 21

By Jonah Sharf On January 21, 1990, John McEnroe became the first tennis player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam tournament for misconduct since 1963, in the fourth round of the Australian Open. McEnroe was disqualified due to the newly enacted three-step rule towards disqualification, which goes first a warning, then a point penalty,…

Today in Sports History: January 22

By Jonah Sharf On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a 122-104 victory at Staples Center. The 81 points stand to this day as the second most points scored in one game in NBA history, after Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game…

Today in Sports History: January 20

By Jonah Sharf On January 20, 1980, President Jimmy Carter called for the 1980 Summer Olympics to be moved from Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, making his first announcement that if the games weren’t moved, the US would likely boycott them. The games were not moved, and the US did end…

Today in Sports History: January 19

By Jonah Sharf On January 19, 1974, Notre Dame beat UCLA 71-70 to end head coach John Wooden and UCLA’s legendary record-breaking 88-game winning streak. With Notre Dame trailing by 11 with three-and-a-half minutes left in the game, they scored the last 12 points of the game to end the historic streak. Led by Hall…

Today in Sports History: January 18

By Jonah Sharf On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Boston Bruins to become the first ever black player to play in the NHL. He was soon sent back to the minors, and didn’t play in the NHL again until the 1960-61 season, scoring four goals and recording ten assists in…

Today in Sports History: January 17

By Jonah Sharf n January 17, 2014, Kevin Durant dropped a career high 54 points against the Golden State Warriors in a 127-121 win. With his partner-in-crime Russell Westbrook injured for most of the season, Durant had to carry the load for the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per…

Today in Sports History: January 16

By Jonah Sharf On January 16, 1988, the St. Louis Cardinals (of the NFL) announced that they would move to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Cardinals—now known as the Arizona Cardinals. In their first year in Phoenix, they started the season 7-4 and were first in the NFC East, but lost five games in a…

Today in Sports History: January 15

By Jonah Sharf On January 15, 1997, Chicago Bulls power forward Dennis Rodman tripped over cameraman Eugene Amos during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and proceeded to kick him in the groin. While Rodman received no penalty during the game—not even a technical foul—he was harshly punished afterwards. His punishment from the NBA was…

Today in Sports History: January 14

By Jonah Sharf On January 14, 1993, the Portland Trail Blazers retired jersey number 77, not because of anyone who wore the number, but in honor of their 1977 Championship team and their head coach, Jack Ramsay. The 1977 Blazers were lead by power forward Maurice Lucas and center Bill Walton on their way to…

Today in Sports History: January 13

By Jonah Sharf On January 13, 1999, Michael Jordan announced his retirement—the second of his career—just before the lockout-shortened season started. With head coach Phil Jackson’s contract expiring and co-stars Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman likely leaving the Chicago Bulls, he thought it was time to retire. He later became part-owner and president of basketball…