RETIRED As the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history,
defenseman Phil Housley, 39. In a 21-year career with eight
teams, Housley, a smooth passer who was particularly dangerous on
the power play, scored 1,232 points, including 338 goals, fourth
alltime among defensemen. After becoming the first defenseman to
jump directly from high school (Minnesota's South St. Paul) to
the NHL, in 1982, Housley made the first of his seven All-Star
teams at age 19, in his second season. Playing for the U.S. in
the 2002 Olympics, he scored the winning goal in a 3-2 win over
Russia. "I haven't had a bigger thrill in hockey than that,"
Housley told reporters last Friday.
ADMITTED That he bet on baseball, to a high school journalism
class a year before the release of his confessional book My
Prison Without Bars (SI, Jan. 12), Pete Rose. On Dec. 9, 2002,
Rose visited Calabasas (Calif.) High. When asked by a student why
he sacrificed a spot in the Hall of Fame by gambling, Rose
replied, "You mean, why did I bet on baseball? Well, it was
because I made mistakes." Although the interview was videotaped,
editors of the Calabasas Courier sat on the story out of respect
for Rose, who had visited as a favor to a friend who was the
parent of a student.
SUGGESTED By FIFA president Sepp Blatter, that women soccer
players try to attract attention by wearing "tighter shorts." The
most powerful man in soccer advanced his proposal in an interview
with the Swiss paper SonntagsBlick in which he added, "Pretty
women are playing football today. Excuse me for saying that."
England's national-team goalie Pauline Cope called Blatter's
words "typical of a bloke." She said, "To say we should play
football in hot pants is plain ridiculous. It's completely
irresponsible for a man in a powerful position to make comments
like this." FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren said Blatter meant no
offense and never uttered the phrase "hot pants."
SENTENCED To indefinite terms in juvenile detention facilities,
two football players at Mepham High in Bellmore, N.Y., who
admitted to sexually assaulting three freshman teammates with
pine cones, golf balls and a broomstick during a hazing ritual at
a football camp last August (SI, Dec. 22). One player, who is 17,
was sent to a military-style boot camp, where his status will be
reviewed after four months. The other, 16, is serving an
open-ended sentence in a juvenile treatment facility. A third
player, who cooperated with authorities, was given probation but
is not allowed to return to Mepham. David Woycik, a lawyer for
one of the victims, told New York's Newsday, "My clients are
somewhat relieved.... [The attackers] will do some time and will
not go back to the community."
January 26, 2004
DIED At age 89, lefthander Harry (the Cat) Brecheen, one of 13
pitchers to win three games in a World Series. Pitching for the
Cardinals in Game 2 of the 1946 Series, Brecheen, nicknamed for
his slick fielding, shut out the Red Sox 3-0 on four hits and
singled in the game's first run. He won Game 6 with a
complete-game seven-hitter and, as a reliever, got the final six
outs in Game 7. Brecheen won 133 games in a 12-year career,
including 20 in '48.