BOSTON – The great debate is on. It’s time to take your pick:
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Bird or Magic?
Tastes Great or Less Filling?
The Red Sox or the Yankees? Even if they’re playing in London?
Coke or Pepsi?
Dogs or Cats?
Chevy or Ford?
Blue or Gray?
Cubs or Sox?
Earl “The Pearl” or “Clyde” Frazier?
Affirmed or Alydar?
Felix or Oscar?
Russell or Chamberlain?
White Rice or Brown Rice?
Speaking of Rice, why does Rice play Texas?
These choices are not easy, they are HARD.
Hertz or Avis?
The Gap or Old Navy?
Sears or Roebuck? Eastman or Kodak?
Ben or Jerry?
Marvel or DC?
India or Pakistan? (in Cricket)
Panathinaikos or Olympiakos? (in Everything)
Montagues or Capulets?
Sharks or Jets?
Connors or McEnroe … or Borg?
And, you might as well get right to Chrissy or Martina?
Barca or Real Madrid?
Man United or Liverpool?
Celtic or Rangers, and/or Islanders or Rangers?
Michigan or Michigan State, or better yet?
Michigan or Ohio State? (I have no horse in THAT race but wish I did)!
BC or BU?
Hopkins or Maryland? (Lax)
Harvard or Yale?
Florida or Florida State?
Cincy or Xavier (hoops)? Look out!
Duke or Carolina? Coach K or Dean Smith?
McDonald’s or Burger King?
The Globe or The Boston Herald? Trib or Sun-Times? The NY Post or The Daily News (Back in the day, it mattered)?
CBS, NBC or ABC?
Huntley or Brinkley?
Today Show or Good Morning America?
Truth be told? We’re a CBS This Morning Family! (Eye-Opener at 7am).
Rocky or Rocky II?
Good Humor or Mister Softee?
Godfather or Godfather II?
The Tattaglias, Barzinis, Cuneos, or Brazzis (as in Luca).
The Hatfields or the McCoys?
Those are the great debates and many of us have an opinion or a favorite to choose for each rivalry. While this @DigSportsDesk reporter tried to cover them all, and this list is long and varied, it’s inevitable that we’ve missed a few. (Tweet your suggestion for adding to the list to @DigSportsDesk please).
You might note that each rivalry has one of the two combatants listed in BOLD to show my own personal preference, there is one and only one left without a choice. It was The Beatles or the Stones, an unsolvable dilemma for mankind.
For this exercise, I consulted with a long-distace but dear friend of my youth, otherwise known as my high school days. I checked in with a wonderful person, a rock n’ roller, an “OR” nurse (that’s Operating Room) from New York’s Long Island. One day a long while ago, we suprised her after an ABB concert at The Beek, by (not telling her) we were headed downtown to meet-up with Derek Trucks and a few of the guys after a show. It was fun to see her reaction in meeting the guy who had just performed miracles on the stage in front of us.
To get a grip on these rivalries of life, I consulted this fellow Allman Brothers/Tedeschi Trucks fan and asked her, one Kathryn Field who used to be known to her friends as “Kit McDonald,” a friend since about 1975. She had the only right answer to the question Beatles or Stones that I’ve ever heard.
“The Beatles by day and the Stones by night,” said Field, as a matter of fact while she scrubbed-up and prepped for another session of intensity in Stony Brook’s operating room. I imagined there was a life to save. A miracle to be performed by regular people in the OR…everyday.
Pretty cool stuff. Remember! The Rolling Stones tour chugs through New England with a July 7 show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.
Here Now, The Notes: The NFL and HBO Sports came to terms with the Oakland Raiders to do the 2019 version of “HARD KNOCKS,” arguably the best sports series on TV. Coach Jon Gruden might be the man straight out of Central Casting for the show, which goes far behind the scenes of an NFL training camp. HBO plans to air the series debut on Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET. … “Everybody wants to be a Raider,” team owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.” … Speaking of HARD KNOCKS, how about an NBA version? It could start with a “shoot itself in the foot” episode starring Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri who is an the center of controversy and an investigation by Oakland area authorities for actions taken during the Raptors’ celebrations and the presentation of the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy on the court at Oracle Arena this week. Ujiri got into it with a deputy of the Oakland Alameda County Sheriff’s office who was hired to do security at Courtside of Game 6 of the Nba Finals. …”Mr. Ujiri was unknown to the deputy at that time. He [the deputy] asked him for a credential,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “He shoved the deputy out of the way and walked toward the court. The deputy pushed back. The (team) president came forward more with a more significant push and ended up striking the deputy in the face.” … In a video posted by NBC Bay Area showing the end of the incident, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is shown pulling Ujiri onto the court. The video does not show Ujiri, or anyone else, striking the officer but instead of the post series banter being about the game or the series, the NBA ends up with the black eye. … Regardless, you’ve gotta give credit to Nick Nurse, the Toronto Raptors and its deep bench of primetime players (see Fred VanVleet) a ton of credit. … Surprise Stanley Cup winner St. Louis is listed at 14-1 to take the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the recent odds posted at Westgate. The Blues had the worst record in the NHL as of Jan. 1, but a dramatic turnaround — 30 wins in 49 games — ended Wednesday night with the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup. … The 2019 regular season front-running Tampa Bay Lightning are listed as 2020 faves at 6-1. … The Boston. Bruins are listed at 7-1. … Somehow, the NHL doesn’t seem to earn as much offseason buzz as does the NBA. That said, NHL forward Jordan Eberle agreed to a five-year contract that will keep him with the New York Islanders, the team announced on Friday. … Financial terms were not disclosed, but The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reported that it is worth $27.5 million. … Rick Nash‘s NHL playing career began with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002. His front office career began Thursday, with those same Blue Jackets, who 17 years ago made him the No. 1 overall draft pick. Nash, 35 and a former NY Rangers and Boston Bruins winger, was named special assistant to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
Sad times for the NFL: Pat Bowlen, who won three Super Bowls over three decades as owner of the Denver Broncos, died Thursday at age 75 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. … The Broncos revealed in a statement shortly after midnight local time Friday that Bowlen passed away at his home in Denver. … The Bowlen family released a comment via the team’s statement that said: “We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. … “Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.” … Bowlen will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer in Canton, Ohio. … On sports franchise ownership, we made note of the fact NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to change the lexicon from “owner” to team governor, but in a “Player’s League” that the NBA surely is, wouldn’t;t it be better if the NBA’s “Larry O’Brien Trophy” were presented to the team captain of the NBA champion instead of the Governor? … The visual of the captain of the NHL champion hoisting the Stanley Cup is one of the most endearing images locked in the mind of every kid in Canada. Why not the NBA “Larry” too? … Toronto team guv Larry Tanenbaum could get that done. … The NBA’s “Real Season,” the one that fans seem to care most about begins in earnest this week with the June 20th NBA Draft. The rumor-mill is now in full gear, as reports were filed that note the GS Warriors intend to offer “Mighty Max” contracts to the injured duo of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, both likely to miuss the 2019-20 season. In Philly, Jimmy Butler‘s had enough and plans to opt-out of his deal and file for free agency. … NBA Finals 2-time MVP winner (SA and Toronto) Kawhi Leonard plans to test the free agent waters as well. Along with Leonard, Anthony Davis, the former New Orleans Pelicans start center, is the prize of the free agent pool this summer. Boston’s rent-a-guard Kyrie Irving is reportedly headed for Brooklyn, a place where former Celtics greats go when they’re “washed up.”
Twelve international players, led by prospective top-10 pick Sekou Doumbouya of Guinea, remained in the NBA Draft at the final deadline for “Early Entry” candidates to withdraw this past Tuesday. Doumbouya, an 18-year-old power forward who plays for Limoges in France, is rated the ninth-best draft prospect by both ESPN and CBS. … The NBA released the names of 47 international players who withdrew from the annual NBA Draft, including two U.S. college players who pulled out after getting their names out to the masses. They are North Carolina State junior Sacha Killeya-Jones and TCU sophomore Kouat Noi. … May 29 was the deadline for U.S. college players to withdraw from the draft while retaining NCAA eligibility. … Two other international players who are potential first-round selections are among the thousands of athletes in the “normal” timeframe for drafting players.. ESPN and CBS have Goga Bitadze, a Georgian national who plays in Montenegro, as the 17th-ranked prospect, and ESPN has Luka Samanic, a Croatian who plays in Slovenia, listed as the 28th-rated prospect. … The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and Digital Sports Desk will be on-site to cover the proceedings.
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