Leaping Bobby Orr only 80th best sports photo all-time?


Leaping Bobby Orr only 80th best sports photo all-time?

We're assuming Sports Illustrated's list of 100 All-Time Greatest sports photos is ranked from 100-1 starting at the top and that the the Bobby Orr picture is ranked80th. We take this all back if the photos are just randomly assembled, which is unclear.

Sound the alarms along the Boston sports scene.

One of the seminal and iconic sports images in Boston history has been cast aside as a run-of-the-mill photograph amid the all-time greats. Sports Illustrated has released a special list ranking the 100 greatest sports photos of all-time, and Bobby Orrs leaping goal to secure his first Stanley Cup championship is listed as only No. 80 on the storied list.

The classic picture of Orr from the overtime game-winning goal against the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final inspired the statue outside TD Garden, and is the image synonymous with the Bruins legend. Its also one of the all-time great sports photos taken by the Associated Press thats lived on 40 years after the event originally took place.

But for the Sports Illustrated purposes Orrs photo is sandwiched between a picture with Michael Jordan soaring and sticking his tongue out on the way to a slam dunk which is appropriate in the grand scheme of classic sports images and a shirtless Joe Namath surrounded by reporters while he sits back on a lounge chair mulling the 1969 Super Bowl.

There were higher-ranked photos on the list such as an image of a rainbow trout and from the NAIA Football Championships that curiously ranked higher on the list, and a photo of Wayne Gretzky in an LA Kings uniform potting his 802nd career goal was the highest-ranking hockey photo in the No. 9 spot. The Orr photo is actually the lowest ranked hockey photo with two images of Gretzky, one of Jacques Plante and a picture of the 1980 US Olympic Miracle on Ice squad all ranking higher than Shot! Score! Bobby Orr from Sanderson! What could be better than that? made famous by the legendary Fred Cusick.

There was even a Red Sox photo that made the top 10 of an airborne Manny Ramirez as he belly-flopped into second base with a head-first dive.

That might rank as the one and only list featuring Boston athletes where Man-Ram ranks ahead of No. 4 for anything aside from wacky Manny Being Manny antics or dreadlocks. Its an injustice that must not stand.

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0


Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May. 

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer


Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.