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Tribute to Rick Jeanneret
On last Friday, the Buffalo Sabres held a congratulatory night that the people had been waiting for like waiting for an Ice Cube production to render it’s final piece to the Friday movie series. But in this series, it contains 51 years of commentary excellence. The type of excellence that you couldn’t hide top shelf where mama keeps the cookies. The type of excellence that was scary good. Rick Jeanneret carried the type of excellence that introduced sports journalists like myself to the world of Hockey at the age of 10. Rick Jeanneret is the longest tenured play by play sports announcer in the history of the NHL to have worked with only one team. Rick started his journey with the Sabres in 1971 as the sabers had opened up their second season as a franchise. In 1995, he made his television start and by 1998, Rick was working both TV and radio for the Sabres. Regardless of the trials and tribulations, Rick continued to assert himself to what his true passion was. Even after, Jeanneret was diagnosed with Stage 3 throat cancer in July of 2014, he still believed and in November of 2014, he was cleared of cancer and returned to the throne that was rightfully his, the broadcast booth. This past August of 2021, Rick announced that he would retire following this season. There will never be another Rick Jeanneret and I mean NEVER. Thank you RJ, for introducing me to the world of Hockey and the inspiration to cover one of the greatest sports to ever be created. Hockey.
Tournament season has been a phenomenal one as March Madness has shown us some of the best games played this season. The Final Four was surrounded by historical programs as it was occupied by Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Villanova. The Kansas Villanova matchup was a slobber knocker as the “rock chalk” Jayhawks carried a motivation that dated back to the 2019-20 season in which the NCAA tournament was cancelled for the first time in the history of NCAA basketball due to COVID-19. The Kansas Jayhawks would defeat the Villanova Wildcats 81-65 as Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack would drop 21 and 25 respectively giving Bill Self a chance at his second national title.
On the other side of the spectrum, Duke and North Carolina would have another classic battle for the chance at the richest prize in college basketball. Hubert Davis vs Mike Krzyzewski. A natural born dog fight was guaranteed to go down. The battle was a instant classic and when the dust settled, a 368th loss would end a legendary coaching career held by Coach K. Duke would go down in defeat 81-77. Michael William Krzyzewski has been the Duke Blue devils coach since 1980. His 42 years of coaching excellence would carry the Blue devils to five national titles, 13 final fours, 15 ACC tournament championships, and 13 ACC regular season titles. Coach K has won 1,202 collegiate basketball games but his 368th loss will be remembered as the end of GOAT like coaching career. Congratulations to Hubert Davis and the North Carolina Tar Heels who will face the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA championship game.
In Other Sports News
The Buffalo Bisons will start their baseball journey to the title that has alluded them since 2005 on April 5th 2022. Their season will start with a home stand against the Iowa Cubs at Sahlen Field.
In the NBA, the Eastern Conference is all settled as the Charlotte hornets and the Brooklyn nets will have to play their way into the playoffs. The Miami Heat currently hold the number one seed followed by the Milwaukee Bucks at 2, then the Boston Celtics are the 3 seed, the Philadelphia 76ers number 4 seed, the Toronto Raptors number 5 seed, the Chicago Bulls number 6 seed, Cleveland Cavaliers number 7 seed, and the Atlanta Hawks number 8 seed.
The Western Conference is still in the air as the Clippers, Pelicans, Spurs and Lakers look to make the play in. The Phoenix Suns have locked up the number one seed in the Western Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies phenomenal season has been rewarded with the number two seed. The Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks are currently fighting for the 3rd and 4th seeding. Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets are tied currently for the 5th and 6th. The Minnesota Timberwolves, yes that’s right the Minnesota Timberwolves have the seventh seed. And finally, the LA Clippers have the 8th seed. For more NBA news, support the Rise Up Right articles at thechallengernews.com.
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