Sports ‘n Stuff 12/7/21

Tonight on TV

”Live in Front of a Studio Audience” at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. This one features the ’80s sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” and its Mrs. Garrett spin-off “The Facts of Life”.  “Diff’rent Strokes” will star John Lithgow as Mr. Drummond, Kevin Hart and Damon Wayans as his adopted sons Arnold and Willis, and Ann Dowd as Mrs. Garrett.  And “The Facts of Life” stars Jennifer Aniston as Blair, Gabrielle Union as Tootie, Allison Tolman as Natalie, and Kathryn Hahn as Jo. 

Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson combined for 189 rushing yards and Mac Jones attempted only 3 passes, completing 2 as the New England Patriots won their 7th consecutive game taking down the Bills 14-10 in Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Thats the fewest passes in a game since 1974 when the Bills beat the Jets throwing only twice.

Head coach of the Patriots, Keith Wakefield was not available for comment after the game.

The small-committee selections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 were made Sunday.

Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were elected by the Golden Days Era Committee, and Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil were chosen by the Early Baseball Era Committee in voting that took place in Orlando, Fla. They will all be honored, along with any selections from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, at the July 24, 2022, induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.

As the Cleveland Browns announced CB Denzel Ward has been honored as the team’s 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide. The award recognizes one member from each of the NFL’s 32 clubs for their exceptional performance on the field and their dedication to the community.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is one of our league’s most-prestigious honors.

All of the honorees will receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice. 

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice. 

The Man of the Year award has been given annually since 1970 and will be named on Super Bowl week at the NFL Honors.

This week’s ESPN NFL power rankings are out and the Browns dropped 2 spots during their bye week to #19. Sighting Baker 

Mayfield as he ranks just 26th in QBR, one season after finishing in the top 10. The Browns are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. But they won’t get there unless Mayfield rekindles the caliber of play he unleashed in 2020. 

Top 5 teams were:

  1. Arizona Cardinals
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  4. New England Patriots
  5. Kansas City Chiefs

Sylvester Stallone is coming to the small screen. A new show is in the works, titled Kansas City, places Sylvester Stallone in the role of New York-based Italian mobster Sal who, for reasons yet to be revealed, must relocate to present-day Missouri.

An official release window has not been announced for Kansas City at this time.

An Australian man said a dream about winning the lottery provided him with the numbers he used to win a jackpot of nearly $3.4 million. He said he has been using the same set of numbers to play lottery games for several years, after they came to him in a dream….excuse me while I go take a nap!

Cavs dropped another heart breaker to the Milwaukee Bucks last night 112-104. Next up for the Wine & Gold, The Bulls come to town Wednesday for a 7pm tip. The Cavaliers are now 13-12 on the season.

Today is Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Today in Sports History

1939 – Lou Gehrig was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. He was the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected. 

1963 – CBS introduced the first-ever “Instant Replay” during the Army-Navy football game. 

1986 – Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. 

1988 – The Texas Rangers signed free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract. He retired in 1993.

Celebrity Birthdays today:

  • MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 74 (As a Cincinnati Red, he was a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of “The Big Red Machine,” which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history)
  • Retired NBA champ Larry Bird is 65 (As a Celtic, Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league’s MVP three consecutive times – from 1984–1986. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards.)
  • Retired NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is 48 (He played 15 seasons in the NFL. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Owens holds or shares several National Football League records. His 15,934 career receiving yards rank second in NFL history, and his 153 receiving touchdowns are third.)

The late Ted Knight (1923-1986) …he would have been 98 (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Caddyshack”)