The Patriots announced today that former linebacker Ted Bruschi will be the next member inducted into the team’s Hall Of Fame. Bruschi edged out former head coach Chuck Fairbanks and offensive tackle Leon Gray. It was just a matter of time before Bruschi, who embodied “The Patriots Way, would receive this honor.
“Mr. Kraft called me on the phone last night and let me know, gave me the news,” Bruschi said. “He told me he was very proud of me to be inducted in the Patriots Hall of Fame, and I told him how much it meant to me.”
Bruschi was drafted in 1996 in the third round out of Arizona University. He appeared in five Super Bowls with the Patriots winning three. However, championships did not define the man or the player. He was measured by his dedication, leadership and courage. The latter being tested after he suffered a stroke in 2005.
Most players would have called it quits after such a health scare, but not Mr. Full Tilt, Full Time. The word quit is not part of Bruschi’s vocabulary. He fought and clawed his way back and returned to play three more seasons for the only NFL team he knew.
And gave Patriots fans a lifetime of memories…..Congratulations Tedy.
Being born in 1973, I am too young to remember Derek Sanderson’s playing days with the Bruins. However, every fan of the Black & Gold knows he fed Bobby Orr on his iconic and Stanley Cup clinching goal in 1970. The team’s first championship in 29 years.
My first memories of Derek Sanderson was in the broadcast booth with fan favorite Fred Cusick. Their voices are ingrained in my mind while I watched the Bruins on WSBK Channel 38. They are forever part of my hockey loving fabric.
If you want a two word review, here it is: roller coaster.
This book will literally blow your mind following Derek Sanderson through his ascend in becoming one of the most coveted hockey prospects in the 1960’s. Some labeled him as being as good or even better than Bobby Orr.
Read about “The Turk” and his playing days in Boston. Sanderson was an instrumental part of two Stanley Cup winning teams with his grittiness and tough defensive play.
He was the first million dollar athlete. He became the king of Boston nightlife opening hot spots such as Daisy Buchanan’s (something I never knew). Sanderson had every temptation thrown in his path to potential greatness such as money, women, drugs and alcohol.
Sanderson went from media darling to sleeping on park benches in New York City penniless. His hockey career fizzled and his life spun out of control. The former Bruins superstar almost lost his life due to his demons.
However, the best part of this book is how Sanderson rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of his life of decadence. He found his way and dedicated himself to helping others. He educated young people not to make the same mistakes he had.
Derek Sanderson is a true inspiration to any one that struggles from within. No matter how dark your life may get, you still can steer yourself to the light with the “three F’s” family, friends and faith.
This is a MUST read for any hockey or Bruins fan or anyone that enjoys a story about redemption.
Some Bruins fans have complained that Jaromir Jagr has not produced since his arrival in Boston. People are expecting the Jagr from his heyday in Pittsburgh from ’93 rather than the Jagr on the back nine of his career in ’13.
However, no one can question the Jagr’s love, respect and dedication for the ladies to the game.
Jaromir Jagr is skating on the TD Garden ice, with a puck & no nets, at 8 pm after a 3 pm playoff win, jumpsuit & winter hat. #Bruins
BST&N saltues all the men and women who have run the Marathon and made it a special event since 1897.
The Vintage Athlete of the Month for April was originally planned to be a baseball player, for obvious reasons. But for reasons even more obvious the events of this past week led to a change of plans. Instead, BST&N takes this month to honor the Marathon runners. This article will pay tribute to some of the most noteworthy, but the real honor goes to all have participated in this great event since its founding in 1897.
The Boston Marathon was founded in 1897, in response to the positive reception given to the marathon run at the first-ever Olympic Games the previous summer in Athens, Greece. It might sound easy to say in our current context that the Boston Marathon has become a showcase for the best of the human spirit—persistence, courage and fortitude, but the following examples bear witness to the reality that it’s true.
*Roberta Gibb grew up in the suburbs of Boston and got started on running, when she jogged through the woods with her dogs. Later, she kept in shape by jogging the eight miles between her and nursing school. In the early 1960s there were no running shoes designed for women, so Roberta ran in leather nurse shoes.
In 1966, she decided to run in the Marathon. Women were still not allowed to officially participate, so she basically snuck in the middle of the pack. Eventually other runners realized a woman was running alongside of them, and they gave Roberta encouragement. She was further encouraged by the observers on the street who became aware of what was going on, and cheered her on. Roberta is the first female to complete the Boston Marathon.
*Geoffrey Mutai grew up in Kenya, one of eleven children. He couldn’t afford to continue with his education, so he worked on a farm and he ran. He ran so well that he earned a spot on his country’s team for a world competition in 2002. Nine years later he ran a record-setting time in the Boston Marathon.
*John Campbell is from New Zealand, one of six kids born to a factory foreman. He did his running while earning a living doing a variety of jobs form shopkeeper to fisherman to milkman. He delivered his own record-setting performance in the Marathon. “You do what you do and you get on with the job,” he said regarding his training and how it integrates into his daily life. Those words might well serve as the masthead for all Marathon runners.