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The most popular item in Bill McCartneys basement full of memorabilia from a long and well-decorated coaching career is a picture of his Colorado teams 1994 victory at the Big House: The Miracle at Michigan.Theres a little button in the corner of the frame that when pushed summons Keith Jacksons unforgettable call of Kordell Stewarts 75-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of the 27-26 upset over the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Derek McCartney, Bills grandson, lived next door growing up and would gather up his grade-school buddies on a weekly basis to bring them downstairs and give them all a chance to press the button.We wore that thing out, says Mike McCartney, Bills son. There wasnt a time we went into the basement where we didnt play it.Derek is now 22 years old and a defensive lineman for the Buffs, who will travel back to the Big House this season for another underdog matchup against a Wolverines team that is once again ranked fourth in the nation. Bill will be there to watch. It will be, he says, his first time back in the stadium that has meant so much to his coaching career since he left victorious 22 years ago.The visit will be an important trip for Bill, who worked for eight seasons in his home state as an assistant at Michigan before building a national champion from scratch at Colorado. The 76-year-old coach was diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimers disease this summer. Hes still physically fit and socially sharp, but his short-term memory has started to falter. Friends and family say he has trouble remembering conversations from earlier in the day. He can recall with clarity, though, practicing the Hail Mary pass from Stewart to Michael Westbrook the day before beating Michigan.It didnt work on Friday; the ball fell to the ground, Bill said. We didnt deflect it properly. So, its true that we got a little bit lucky, but we also felt like we prepared properly.An instant classic like that produces a thousand different stories from a thousand different perspectives. McCartney would probably be OK with hearing them all.Jerry Hanlons version starts in Miami, Ohio, where the longtime Michigan assistant was being inducted into Miamis famous Cradle of Coaches on that September afternoon in 1994. He says its the only home Michigan game he hasnt watched from inside the Big House since he started with the Wolverines in 1969.I watched it in the press box (at Miami) on the television and damn near jumped out of the box, Hanlon said.Hanlon was part of Bo Schembechlers staff in Miami that followed him up to Ann Arbor. Schembechler struck up a relationship with Bill after hearing that he had won football and basketball state championships in the same school year at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan. Shortly thereafter, Schembechler asked McCartney to join his staff and coach the linebackers at Michigan.McCartney grew up across the street from a high school in Riverview, Michigan, a few miles west from where the Canadian border dips down into Lake Erie. He would sneak over to the school and watch football practices, where he says he decided as a seven-year-old that coaching football would be his vocation.He shared an office with Jack Harbaugh for the majority of his eight years in Ann Arbor. During their first week in Ann Arbor, McCartney sent his boys down the street to meet Jacks sons, John and Jimmy. They had the best cereal of anyone in the neighborhood, Jim recalled earlier this week.McCartney eventually worked his way up to being the teams defensive coordinator. McCartneys monsters, as radio man Bob Ufer dubbed the defense, didnt allow a touchdown for five straight games (three of them shutouts) to help lead the 1980 team to a Big Ten title and Schembechlers first Rose Bowl victory.McCartneys allegiance to and reverence for Schembechler is the tie that binds Michigan and Colorados football programs. McCartney modeled much of his tough-love formula that made the Buffaloes successful after what he learned while coaching for the Wolverines.We tried to do things a similar way, McCartney said. I tried to duplicate that, although I wasnt Bo.Shemy Schembechler, Bos son, was a graduate assistant on Michigans staff when McCartney returned with his Buffaloes team in 1994. Shemys job after the final play of the game was to go and collect the prospects in town for the days game and bring them back to the locker room. It was as long and devastating a walk as he can remember having in the Big House.While on his way to retrieve the recruits, he bumped into Elli Uzelac, a former Michigan assistant who had joined McCartney in Colorado as offensive coordinator.He comes up behind me and says, Shem turn around, Schembechler says. He said, Sorry buddy, but we still love you. It was almost just like my dad. They had the same mantra of jubilance in winning a game like that. It was almost like it was the Michigan of the West.Colorados coaches agree with that description, almost to a comical fault.Whatever Schembechler did, Mac did, says Gary Barnett, a long-time McCartney assistant and eventually a head coach at Colorado. He did it to the point where we got tired of listening to all the Michigan stuff. It was Michigan this, Michigan that. Bo this, Bo that. He was in Bos corner all the way.As former Colorado coaches, Barnett and McCartney bump into each other frequently at charity events and golf outings. Those days usually come with a few stories from their time on the same staff -- knocking off Oklahoma State with a fake field goal in 91 or the year before, when Barnett replaced Gerry DiNardo as offensive coordinator a month before playing for a national title. McCartney called over Barnett to deliver news of his promotion. He said, OK, Gerrys leaving. Youre the coordinator. Figure out how to win the game. End of meeting.Barnett did. Colorado beat Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl to wrap up an undefeated season and a national championship. A few years later, Barnett was the head coach at Northwestern and sitting in his office after a game when he flipped to ABC to catch the end of Colorado-Michigan. He saw the Buffaloes were down to a final play and walked away figuring they had lost.Barnett said as he remembers the play, it was actually Westbrooks job to tip the ball to another receiver. Their routes got crossed up near the goal line, so Westbrook was a little out of position when he caught the game winner. The coach says now that he should have known to expect the unexpected after working alongside McCartney for so long.Two months later, McCartney announced he was stepping away from coaching at age 55 to spend more time with his family. Barnett was shocked again.He was always going to do something or say something that was off the wall, Barnett said. For us, that one came out of nowhere, but it was kind of fitting.Mike McCartney has a version of the story, too, of course. He was working for the Chicago Bears at the time and made the trip back to Ann Arbor to see his dads team play in their old hometown.He remembers standing in the tunnel of the stadium late in the second quarter and seeing Les Miles, then Michigans offensive line coach, who was headed down from the press box to talk to his players during halftime. The Buffs had the ball and were going to try a deep pass to score before the break. McCartney leaned over to Miles, who was part of McCartneys first staff in Colorado, and let him know that Stewart had the arm strength to hurl 75 or 80 yards in the air.Les talked to me later on, he said. On that last play (of the game) he was in the press box telling Michigans coaches, Hey, McCartney told me Kordell can throw it 75 or 80 yards. You better back up. Can you imagine if they wouldve batted it down because of something I said? Luckily, it worked out.Mike McCartney called that weekend an emotional one, and he expects the return trip this time around to be much the same. Dozens of former players and coaches are planning to meet in town Friday night to relive glory days and tell their own versions of one of the many stories theyve shared together.As Bill McCartneys disease starts to eat away at his memory, those unforgettable moments become more important, his son said. They talk more now about old coaching stories than they ever have before, and calling them to mind lights up the old coachs face in a way few other things do now.Im 76, so Im over-the-hill Bill, but (this weekend) Im wired, fired and inspired, he said. We havent seen each other for a long time, but theyve got all stories. Those stories are funny and theyre also revealing. Im sure theyll be some of that. Theyll say, Do you remember this? and Ill say, No. Remind me. Curtis McElhinney Jersey. Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. 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Its here: The countdown of All-Time #MLBRank moves into the top 100 baseball players across all positions.To create our list, an ESPN expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups of 162 players, based on both peak performance and career value.The top 100 will roll out this week. Here are Nos. 60-51.So far, we have released Nos. 100-91 | 90-81?| 80-71?| 70-61.Weve also rolled out the top 10 players at each position: LHP | RHP | Catchers | Shortstops | Third basemen | Second basemen | First basemen | Left fielders | Center fielders | Right fieldersAll-Time #MLBRank: 60-51Join the discussion by using the #MLBRank hashtag, and follow along @BBTN and on Facebook.Willie McCoveyPosition(s) First base, left fieldTeams San Francisco Giants (1959-73, 77-80), San Diego Padres (74-76), Oakland As (76)Honors Rookie of the Year (1959),?six-time NL All-Star (63, 66, 68-71), All-Star Game MVP (69),?MVP (69), Hall of Fame (86)Championships NoneCareer stats .270/.374/.515, OPS -- .889, Hits -- 2,211, HRs - 521, RBIs -- 1,555Did you know? McCovey was a true slugger in every sense of the word. He hit 521 home runs and averaged a home run every 15.7 at-bats in a 22-year career spanning 1959 to 1980. He also led the National League in slugging percentage three straight seasons from 1968 to 1970. In 1969, McCovey slugged .656 in a year in which the NL average was .359. McCovey had a 1.108 OPS that season, the best of anyone from 1949 to 1992 (Barry Bonds had a 1.136 in 1993). -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Info Mel OttPosition(s) Right fieldTeams New York Giants (1926-47)Honors 12-time All-Star (1934-45*), Hall of Fame (51)*Game not played in 45Championships 1 -- New York (1933)Career stats .304/.414/.533, OPS -- .947, Hits -- 2,876, HRs -- 511, RBIs -- 1,860Did you know? As a 20-year-old in 1929, Ott hit 42 home runs, still the most ever in a season by a player that young. Ott would go on to lead the National League in home runs six times, benefiting from the short right-field fence of the Polo Grounds. Of his 511 career home runs, 323 were hit at home, including all 18 in 1943. --Dan Braunstein, ESPN Stats & InfoManny RamirezPosition(s) Left field, right field, designated hitterTeams Cleveland Indians (1993-2000), Boston Red Sox (01-08), Los Angeles Dodgers (08-10), Chicago White Sox (10), Tampa Bay Rays (11)Honors Nine AL Silver Sluggers (1995, 99-06), 12-time AL All-Star (95, 98-08), World Series MVP (2004)Championships 2 -- Boston (2004, 07)Career stats .312/.411/.585, OPS -- .996, Hits -- 2,574, HRs -- 555, RBIs -- 1,831Did you know? The all-time leader in postseason home runs with 29, Ramirez never won an MVP despite leading the American League in OPS three times. Ramirezs 165 RBIs in 1999 are the most by any player since World War II. Though not known for his defense, his 129 career outfield assists are more than Vladimir Guerrero had in his career. -- BraunsteinTony GwynnPosition(s) Right fieldTeams San Diego Padres (1982-2001)Honors 15-time All-Star (1984-87, 89-99), Hall of Fame (2007)Championships NoneCareer stats .338/.388/.459, OPS -- .847, Hits -- 3,141, HRs -- 135, RBI -- 1,138Did you know? Gwynn was an eight-time NL batting champion whose .338 career batting average is the highest in the expansion era. Gwynn batted .300 or higher in 18 straight seasons, the second-longest streak of its kind in baseball history (Ty Cobb, 23). In 1994 he was batting .394 when the season ended abruptly because of a players strike. -- David Sabino, ESPN Stats & InfoEddie MathewsPosition(s) Third baseTeams Boston Braves (1952), Milwaukee Braves (53-65), Atlanta Braves (66), Houston Astros (67), Detroit Tigers (67-68)Honors 12-time NL All-Star (1953, 55-62*), Hall of Fame (78)*Played in two All-Star Games in 59, 60, and 61Championships 2 -- Milwaukee (1957), Detroit (68)Career stats .271/.376/.509, OPS -- .885, Hits -- 2,315, HRs - 512, RBIs -- 1,453Did you know? Mathews was known for his great power (512 home runs, two-time NL home run champ), but he also hhad a very strong batting eye.dddddddddddd Mathews led the NL in walks four times. He drew 1,444 walks in a career that spanned 1952 to 1968. The only player with more walks in the 1950s and 1960s was Mickey Mantle (1,733).?-- Simon Reggie JacksonPosition Right field?Teams Kansas City As (1967), Oakland As (68-75, 87), Baltimore Orioles (76), New York Yankees (77-81), California Angels (82-86)Honors 14-time All-Star (69, 71-75, 77-84), two-time World Series MVP (1973, 77), MVP (73), two Silver Sluggers (80, 82), Hall of Fame (93)Championships 5 -- Oakland (1972-74*), New York (77-78)*Did not play in 1972 World SeriesCareer stats .262/.356/.490, OPS -- .846, Hits -- 2,584, HRs -- 563, RBIs -- 1,702, Ks -- 2,597 (all-time leader)Did you know? Known as Mr. October for his postseason success, Jackson won five World Series titles, most famously hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. In 27 World Series games, Jackson hit .357 with a .457 on-base percentage, .755 slugging percentage, along with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs. His 1.222 World Series OPS ranks fourth all time behind David Ortiz, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. -- SimonJim PalmerPosition(s) Right-handed starterTeams Baltimore Orioles (1965-67, 69-84)Honors Six-time All Star (70-72, 75, 77-78), three Cy Youngs (1973, 75-76), four Gold Gloves (76-79), Hall of Fame (90)Championships 3 -- Baltimore (1966, 70, 83)Career stats W-L: 268-152, 53 shutouts, 3,948.0 innings pitched, 2.86 ERA, 2,212 strikeouts, 1.180 WHIPDid you know? Palmer was an eight-time 20-game winner for the Orioles. All of his 20-win seasons came in the 1970s. Hes one of four pitchers to have at least eight 20-win seasons within a decade in baseballs modern era. The other three are Christy Mathewson (1900s), Walter Johnson (1910s) and Warren Spahn (1950s).?-- Simon Carl YastrzemskiPosition(s) Left field, first baseTeams Boston Red Sox (1961-83)Honors 18-time All-Star (63, 65-79, 82-83), All-Star Game MVP (70), MVP (1967),?Triple Crown (67), seven Gold Gloves (63, 65, 67-69, 71, 77), Hall of Fame (89)Championships NoneCareer stats .285/.379/.462, OPS -- .841, Hits -- 3,419, HRs -- 452, RBIs -- 1,844Did you know? Yastrzemski ranks in the top 40 all time in both home runs and wins above replacement, and in the top 15 all time in RBIs. Yastrzemski is best remembered for his Triple Crown-winning 1967 season. His 12.4 wins above replacement that season are the most in a season by a position player not named Babe Ruth.?-- SimonHank GreenbergPosition First baseTeams Detroit Tigers (1930, 33-41, 45-46), Pittsburgh Pirates (47)Honors Two-time AL MVP (1935, 40), five-time AL All Star (37-40, 45*), Hall of Fame (56)*Game not playedChampionships 2 -- Detroit (1935, 45)Career stats .313/.412/.605, OPS -- 1.017, Hits -- 1,628, HRs -- 331, RBIs -- 1,274Did you know? Greenberg is one of five players in major league history to have at least three seasons of 150 or more RBIs. The other four are Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Al Simmons. Greenberg holds the top four spots on the Tigers single-season RBI list and has five seasons that rank in the top eight. He had five seasons with at least 130 RBIs. By comparison, Miguel Cabrera has two with Detroit. -- SimonDerek JeterPosition(s) ShortstopTeams New York Yankees 1995-2014Honors Rookie of the Year (1996), 14-time All Star (98-2002, 04, 06-12, 14), All-Star MVP (2000), World Series MVP (00), five Gold Gloves (04-06, 09-10), five Silver Sluggers (06-09, 12)Championships 5 -- New York (1996, 98-2000, 09)Career stats .310/.377/.440, OPS -- .817, Hits - 3,465, HRs -- 260, RBIs -- 1,311Did you know? Jeters 3,465 career hits are the most in Yankees history. His eight 200-hit seasons are tied for fourth-most all time. Technically speaking, Jeter actually had another 200-hit season: His 200 postseason hits (in 158 games) are the most all time. -- Simon Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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