Farewell to Calhoun

The University of Connecticut basketball coach, 70 year old Jim Calhoun is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. He will be replaced by Assistant Coach Kevin Ollie. UConn has been ruled ineligible for the tournament next season due to poor grades. Many players have either moved onto the NBA or switched schools. I have been a UConn fan for as long as I can remember and whenever I think of the Huskies, I think Jim Calhoun. Although he has missed many games over the past few years due to cancer and other injuries/illnesses, the guy could still coach. He won 3 national titles with the school during his tenure.

Calhoun retires with 875 wins and 381 losses in 39 years of coaching. That is enough to put him 10th on the all time winning list for college head coaches. He has won seven Big East Tournament Championships. He has been in the Basketball Hall of Fame since 2005. In 2011, he became the oldest coach to win a Division 1 March Madness Championship. He retires with a record of 50-19 in NCAA tournaments. He will go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time, and will surely be missed by all who loved watching him coach.

Wakefield Calls It Quits

Forty-five year old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has just announced his retirement. Although many Sox fans saw this coming, it is going to be a weird sight this year without Timmy coming out of the pen or pitching every fifth day in the rotation. Through his 19 year career, he played 17 years with the Red Sox and contributed many great memories during his tenure. He was never the most talented pitcher in the league, but he never complained and helped the squad in every way he could. His rubber arm was crucial during spot starts in the dog days of the summer when other starters were injured or needed a rest. He won 200 games and had 2156 K’s in his long career, and also had 22 saves. Although he will never make it into the Hall of Fame, what he gave to the Red Sox organization in the last 17 years can never be replaced and I hope someday his number hangs with Teddy Ballgame and the others in Fenway Park.

In honor of Timmy, sadly we won’t be seeing this knuckleball anytime soon.