July 4th will mark the 70th anniversary of perhaps baseball’s most famous moment. (And maybe the most famous speech in sports history -- is “Win one for the Gipper” close?) Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” farewell to roughly 60,000 at Yankee Stadium took place on July 4, 1939. Can any athlete ever again be as beloved as The Iron Horse was during his 277-word farewell?



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With the NBA and NHL drafts recently completed, the baseball draft just three weeks in the past and the Patriots set to head to training camp next month with a host of key draft picks on defense, now seems as good a time as any to play a little game:

If you were going grocery shopping and wanted someone to push the cart, who among Boston's four general managers would you chose for the job? You can only have one. Who is the best at picking them.



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Today we bring you five Felgy thoughts, complete with links!

And Rob Bradford thinks I haven’t gotten this Internet thing down yet….

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If the Patriots have a master plan at outside linebacker, then it has yet to reveal itself. And with the June-July lull now upon us, it’s not going to anytime soon. That’s if the Pats even have a plan. For all we know, they may believe they’re all set with Pierre Woods, Sean Crable, Tully Banta-Cain and Vince Redd.



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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover in the final pairing of the U.S. Open?

It’s a storyline that looked as plausible at the beginning of the week at Bethpage Black as the grounds crew having to syringe the greens between groups just to keep them moist. Nonetheless, that was indeed the case when the two teed off Sunday evening in this disjointed Open that has seemingly squeezed starting times into every possible slot on your watch.



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We’ve got a lot of diversity in this week’s d-bag mailbag. To wit:

Is Peter Chiarelli really good or kind of overrated? I’m not sure yet.

Is Jeff in Watertown becoming the most-hated talk show caller in Boston? That one’s starting to come into focus.

And, of course, who has got the best pro-sports ass in Phoenix? Do we even need to ask?

You’ll also notice that the chronics come out of the woodwork this week. Good to have you folks back. How’s Lobey doing?



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Stuff that’s been kicking around in my head for the last few days…
 



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So this idea was triggered by something I read in Peter King’s Tuesday edition of his Monday Morning Quarterback (usually a mailbag-type setup) on 5/19. King was describing the scene at a charity dinner for the great Paul Zimmerman.
 
“Yogi Berra and Dick Ebersol next to each other at the NBC table. When I introduced Yogi as the greatest living baseball player in the United States, everyone began clapping, and Ebersol stood, and then everyone stood.”
 



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And it was all over.
He came home an American hero.
He bragged to the world he'd beat the Russians.
He delivered.
He can now command the same money
as heavyweight prizefighters.
He was invited to dinner by statesmen and kings.
Then Bobby Fischer made the most original, unexpected move of all.
He disappeared.
--Searching for Bobby Fischer
 
Brett Favre has me thinking about Marvin Hagler.
 



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This is what I remember most about Harry Kalas: A friend of mine asked me if I could get Harry to wish her grandfather a happy birthday over the air. Her grandfather watched every Phillies game even though his eyes had started betraying him a few years earlier, and while he could only make out a sliver of the action he always knew when Pat Burrell chased a slider away. He knew by the sound in Harry’s voice.



So here is Part II. Following last week's entry on the bottom half of the list of the Top 64 Sports Movies, I was surprised at some of the email reaction. The movie I was most asked about? Teen Wolf. For some reason people wanted to know if the tale of one Scott Howard would make the final 32. Will it? Or will I give Teen Wolf Too (featuring the same Chubbs but a different Stiles) a spot?

To the list…



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