One Big Thing, On This Day, What's New In Sports 1/4/20


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January 4, 2020

One Big Thing:

Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry suspended five games for Winter Classic elbow on Nashville Predators’ Ryan Ellis

Corey Perry #10 of the Dallas Stars leaves the game on a misconduct in the first period of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Nashville Predators at Cotton Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry was suspended five games Friday for his vicious elbow to Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis during the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at the Cotton Bowl.

Perry was ejected from the game and his long walk of shame to the dressing room became an instant viral meme.

Ellis had just released a shot when Perry caught him in the head with a “high, forceful elbow” that dazed the defenseman and caused him to miss the rest of the game.

Ellis did not return to the game after he was helped off the ice by teammates, and was placed on injured reserve Friday with an upper-body injury.

After referees consulted video, they gave Perry a five-minute elbowing penalty, plus a game misconduct. The Stars gave up two goals on the power play, though they rallied to win 4-2.

Perry will miss his much anticipated return home to Anaheim on Thursday Jan 9. due to the suspension. The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Stars this summer after his 14-year-tenure with the Ducks.

On This Day:

1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes

1930 Happy Birthday Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000

1970 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defence forces 4 interceptions

1971 Happy Birthday Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia

1975 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years

1977 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play

1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game

1986 NCAA basketball’s David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

1992 Boston’s Robert Parish becomes 5th player in NBA history to register 2,000 career blocks during Celtics’ 100-96 loss at Minnesota – others Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Eaton, Wayne Rollins and George Johnson

1999 College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

2000 A day after accepting the head coaching position at the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns and moves to the New England Patriots

2000 American businessman and investor Mark Cuban purchases a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise for $285m from H. Ross Perot, Jr.

2001 Michael Jordan, then of the Washington Wizards, becomes the 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls

2015 Gary Anderson of Scotland beats 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, 7-6 to win his first PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London

2015 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49

What’s New:

NFL Ratings See Increase For Second Straight Year (READ) Lillian Rizzo | The Wall Street Journal

David Stern Made the NBA Larger Than Life, but Kept It Small Enough to Touch (READ) Brian Phillips  | The Ringer

Biggest Question Marks for LaMelo, Wiseman and Every Projected NBA Lottery Pick (READ) JONATHAN WASSERMAN | B/R

Three Trade Destinations for Kevin Love (READ)  Haley O’Shaughnessy  | The Ringer

New Hampshire becomes 14th state to legalize sports betting (READ) Chris Bengel | CBS Sports

WWE Spoilers: Former Impact World Champion, Former WCW World Champion Could Appear On Tonight’s ‘SmackDown’ (READ) Danny Cox | Inquisitr

Golden Globe predictions: Who are the favorites this year to win it all? (READ) D.J. Rivera | Fan Sided

NFL Filling The Seats

Top Draws 

The Dallas Cowboys were the top draw of the NFL season. The team averaged 90,929 fans per game, which is 90.9% of AT&T Stadium’s capacity.

The Cowboys were followed by (average attendance – capacity)

  • 2. New York Jets – 78,523 (95.2%)
  • 3. Green Bay Packers – 77,845 (95.6%)
  • 4. Denver Broncos – 75,937 (99.8%)
  • 5. New York Giants – 74,664 (90.5%)

Percentage-wise, the 49ers, Bears, Patriots, Vikings, Browns, Seahawks, Saints, and Eagles all drew more than 100% capacity of their respective venues.

At The Bottom

The Los Angeles Chargers, often playing in front of an away-favored crowd at Dignity Health Sports Park, drew 25,393 fans per game, which in the soccer stadium filled it up almost 95% of the way. That was a drop of more than 7,000 fans a game compared to the previous year, however.

The Chargers were followed by:

  • 31. Cincinnati – 47,179 (72%)
  • 30. Tampa Bay – 50,728 (77.3%)
  • 29. Oakland – 52,549 (93.8%)
  • 28. Jacksonville – 59,987 (88.4%)

(Information Comes From Front Office Sports)

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