March Madness has arrived in the Friday Flashbacks. One of those stirring random stories that capture the magic of this time of year and that I completely forgot about was the Siena measles story. Back in 1989, Siena played nine straight games without any crowds because of a measles outbreak on campus, and made their first ever NCAA tournament on a last second shot with no one in the crowd at the Hartford Civic Center. The quarantine was lifted before their first round tournament game, and playing in front of a crowd for the first time in a while, Siena upset Stanford and Todd Lichti in the first round of the tournament as a #14 seed.
#15 seed Coppin State stuns South Carolina (1997) . . . Dick Vitale coaches Detroit in the Big Dance (1977) . . . Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing are co-Big East Players of the Year (1985) . . . UNLV players lose their court case seeking to force the NCAA to let them play in tournament (1992) . . . Eight of the top thirteen teams lose their first game in the NCAA Tournament (1981) . . . Maurice Newby better never come to my house (1990) . . . Cleveland State over Indiana and Bobby Knight (1986) . . . Richmond and Dick Tarrant become first ever #15 seed to win a game in the tournament, upsetting Syracuse (1991) . . .
Jim Palmer gives up on his comeback attempt at age 45 (1991) . . . Mark McGwire is not here to talk about the past (2005) . . . Ted Williams calls draft boards “gutless” (1956) . . . Marty McSorley charged with assault in British Columbia for his earlier attack on Donald Brashear (2000) . . . Before the ESPY’s were a gleam in Chris Berman’s eye, Bing Crosby hosted a sports award show on ABC (1965) . . . An excuse to invoke the name “Dickie Thon” (1987) . . . Professional Bowling and Racism (1949) . . . Stabler exonerated after a sportswriter is framed for drug charges, while the league adopts a new rule because of Holy Roller play (1979) . . . Tony Conigliaro coming back after his horrific eye injury the previous year (1968) . . .
Warren Sapp fails drug test at combine (1995) . . . Lost in the Ryan Leaf debacle is the fact that San Diego also traded a 2nd round pick, and next year’s 1st round pick . . . to move up one spot (1998) . . . St. Louis Browns moving to Baltimore, Boston Braves to Milwaukee (1953) . . . University of Maine superstar Paul Kariya turns pro (1994) . . . Horse racing publications indicted for interstate shipment of gambling materials (1962) . . . David Well’s book ruffles some feathers (2003) . . . DiMaggio gets $42,000 salary the year after the hitting streak (1942) . . . NFL lowest paid players of the four major leagues (1974) . . . MLB considers a six division format that would feature a wildcard team and three division winners (1971).
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