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.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.


But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."