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.

Haggerty: Subban looking more like a 1st-round bust than NHL goalie

Haggerty: Subban looking more like a 1st-round bust than NHL goalie

BOSTON -- Malcolm Subban still believes he can be a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.

While that sort of sheer, brazen self-confidence is admirable -- especially after getting yanked from a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden Tuesday -- pretty much all the evidence points to the contrary. Given a shot because of injuries to Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, nearly two years after getting pulled from his only other NHL appearance when he gave up three goals on six shots in St. Louis, Subban was taken out Tuesday night after allowing three goals on eight second-period shots.

He maintained a defiantly confident tone afterwards, a testament to his maturity and mental toughness.

“It sucks," said Subban, who has now allowed six goals on 22 career shots faced in two starts. “Obviously, I’m just trying to finish the game, let alone win one . . . but what can you do now, right?

"Obviously I want to be a No. 1 goaltender in the league. I was a [first-round draft choice] for a reason. I have the potential, and I just have to show it. Obviously I haven’t done that so far yet, but I think I’m getting closer to it. Honestly, I think I can do it right now. I just got to show it . . . I didn’t [do it] today, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

Given the stunningly bad quality of his two NHL starts, combined with a thoroughly pedestrian body of work at the AHL level over the last three years, there is literally zero evidence Subban is tracking to be a franchise goaltender. Meanwhile, a sizeable selection of goaltenders taken after him in the 2012 NHL Draft have proven their worth and advanced to the elite level: Matt Murray. Frederik Anderson. Connor Hellebuyck. Joonas Korpisalo.

Subban was hoping all along to break through this season in Boston, but things went south on him quickly Tuesday in his first chance to do so.

Hampered by a Bruins team not playing well in front of him, the first goal he allowed was a fluttering Charlie Coyle shot that trickled between his glove hand and the top of his leg pad. The third was a softie low and to the glove side, a power-play strike authored by Ryan Suter. Instead of hanging in and giving his team a chance to win, Subban helped put the Bruins in a hole they couldn't escape.

While Claude Julien felt the poor performance "could be a combination" of goaltending and overall defensive lapses, he didn't let Subban off the hook.

“There are some goals -- I’m not going to lie -- there are some goals that we thought our goaltenders should have had," said the coach.

But he also wasn't going to place the blame solely at Subban's feet.

"[I’m] not here to talk about a goaltender -- who’s in one of his first few games -- because he let in a couple of bad goals,” said Julien. “We were terrible in front of him . . .  and that’s the big picture. That’s more important.

“I don’t care who’s in net. I think when you have some injuries you need to be better in those situations and we weren’t good enough tonight. It doesn’t matter if Tuukka is in net and we had injuries up front, or we’re lacking players here or there. You’ve got to let the system take care of the game. If you play it the right way, you have a chance to win. When you don’t, you don’t. That’s what happened [against Minnesota].”

There’s no question the defense in front of Subban wasn’t nearly good enough. Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug in particular struggled to lock things down in the defensive zone. The wide-open shots from the slot -- like the Chris Stewart score in the second period 12 seconds after Minnesota’s opening goal -- are indicative of a hockey club that’s not sticking to the game plan once things start to get a little wonky.

But this is about a player (Subban) who should be entering the NHL stage of his career after being a first-round pick in 2012. Anybody would be hard-pressed to see him as an NHL goalie after his two Bruins appearances. Combine that with the lack of dominance at the AHL level over the last three years, and there’s a better chance that Subban will be a major first-round bust rather than a late-blooming No. 1 goaltender.

The scary part is that Subban and fellow young netminder Zane McIntyre are all the Bruins have for Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and perhaps longer if Rask can’t make a rapid recovery from his lower body injury.

Maybe Subban can be a bit better than he’s shown thus far, and, to be fair, the three goals allowed to Minnesota weren't all his fault. The bottom line, however, is that he should be up for doing this job right now. Tuesday was a big chance for the young goalie to make a statement that he was ready for it.

Instead he looked like the same goalie who'd been pulled from two of his first four AHL starts this season, one who's never going to truly be ready for the call in Boston.