|Mike Eruzione on D&C: Auction of 1980 U.S. Olympic memorabilia was ‘for the right reason’||02.25.13 at 9:57 am ET|
Mike Eruzione, who was in the news this weekend when he auctioned off the jersey he wore during Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about his reasons for selling the prized uniform.
Eruzione also sold the stick with which he scored the winning goal against the Soviets along with other memorabilia, and the total haul was more than $1.3 million. He said that his cut will be split among his family, a charitable foundation in his hometown of Winthrop and a hockey scholarship he endowed at his alma mater, Boston University.
The inspiration to sell the memorabilia came to Eruzione in 2010. That’s when Paul Henderson auctioned off the jersey he was wearing when he scored the series-winning goal for Canada against the Soviets in the legendary 1972 Summit Series.
“It was actually a few years ago when I heard that Paul Henderson sold his jersey in Canada for like $1.2 million. I said to my wife, I said, ‘Boy, we’d better get the stuff out of the attic. It’s worth some money,’ ” Eruzione said. “And basically I just waited and waited and felt it was the right time. My daughter just had a little baby, so I have a little grandson. … What a great opportunity for me to give my kids some money to take care of maybe their kids’ education.
“I’ve always told everybody I’m doing it for the right reason, not the wrong reason. Things are fine for me financially, things are great. But it was sitting in a trunk in my attic — all of it, everything I had from 1980. And I thought this was the right time.”
Added Eruzione: “The bottom line is I wasn’t going to do anything with the stuff. It was going to sit in my trunk in my attic. You can’t display it somewhere in the home. Because that’s the last thing I need it is my buddies coming over and going, ‘Ah, OK, another picture of you with your Olympic jersey.’ So, it was just logical.”
Eruzione said when he got support from BU coach Jack Parker, “That kind of solidified it for me. I talked to my family, I talked to my friends. Not one person said, ‘Are you crazy? You should hold on to that stuff.’ ”
There are two pieces of memorabilia Eruzione said he will not sell, however.
“The medal is what it’s about. I will never, ever sell the gold medal while I’m alive,” he said. “I will never sell the ring that we got from the Olympic Games while I’m alive.”
Added Eruzione: “Right now, the medal is what it all stood about. We went to Lake Placid with the dream of winning a medal, and we did. We won the ultimate medal. That’s what it means to me. The medal is what the tournament was about — not my pants or my gloves or my stick or my underwear or my sweatsuits or anything like that. That’s just a part of it. The real deal is the medal. That’s something that will always stay with me.”
To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Marquette, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Stars at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Mets, 6:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday during a radio interview that the Lakers might consider releasing Kobe Bryant on the amnesty provision because of the harsh penalties the team would face for being over the salary cap. Cuban later insisted he was speaking hypothetically, but the damage was done.
First, the Lakers called the remark inappropriate, although they implied they have no plans to file a formal complaint. Then, Bryant went out and recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday’s 103-99 victory over the Mavs in Dallas, hitting all five of his shots in the fourth quarter.
Tweeted Bryant after the game: Amnesty THAT.
Responded Cuban: Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say. … But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.
♦ It was revealed over the weekend that Oscar Pistorius is not the only member of his family facing charges for the death of a woman. Older brother Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident near Johannesburg in 2008. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated, the family’s lawyer said Sunday.
Lawyer Kenneth Oldwage said that Carl “deeply regrets the accident” and noted that a blood a test showed Carl was not drunk at the time.
Oscar Pistorius, who was released on bail Friday, must report to the police station Monday and sign in as part of his bail conditions.
♦ The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was sold for $657,250 at an auction Saturday, while the stick he used to score the winning goal in that game went for $262,900. Combined with the sale of some other Olympic memorabilia, the total haul was more $1.3 million, which Eruzione said he will use to establish a “nest egg” for his children and grandson and benefit his Winthrop-based charity.
Eruzione was at the auction in New York and congratulate winners who were in attendance. The 58-year-old Boston University product, who works as BU’s director of special outreach, has insisted that he’s not struggling financially. He also said there’s one piece of Olympic memorabilia he won’t part with: “As long as I’m alive, the gold medal won’t be sold,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joba Chamberlain reaches out to new Yankees teammate Kevin Youkilis||12.13.12 at 7:58 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ There was speculation that former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis would be hesitant to join the Yankees considering the feud he had with Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees hurler was suspended two games in his rookie season of 2007 for firing a fastball over Youkilis’ head, and in 2008 Youkilis started to charge the mound but was stopped after another near-beaning. Chamberlain hit Youkilis with a pitch last season after the infielder had moved on to the White Sox.
After Youkilis accepted New York’s one-year, $12 million offer on Monday, Chamberlain did his part to show there were no hard feelings, leaving a voice message for his new teammate Wednesday morning. It’s not clear if the two have since connected.
Chamberlain’s agent, Jim Murray, offered an assurance that Chamberlain will let bygones be bygones.
“Joba has zero ill will toward him,” Murray insisted.
In other news from the Bronx, legendary reliever Mariano Rivera said he plans to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a knee injury that required surgery in May. Speaking at the team’s annual food drive at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Rivera indicated he’s on schedule to be ready for the April 1 opener in New York against the Red Sox.
“I don’t see why not,” said the 43-year-old, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal (a $5 million pay cut). “We have three to four months to that point. I will be ready.”
♦ Giants running back David Wilson says he has been doing backflips since he was 3 years old, but there are members of his team that would prefer he end the tradition. The first-round pick from Virginia Tech has taken to doing the flips after touchdowns.
“I like the backflip, man, but it scares me every time he does it because you never know what can happen,” receiver Victor Cruz said. “You don’t want to see him get hurt.”
Added defensive end Justin Tuck: “I told him several times never to do that again. We’re going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd. Let’s just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They’re already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them.”
Quarterback Eli Manning took a more positive approach to the flips.
“That means he’s scoring touchdowns,” Manning said. “So, that’s fine by me.”
♦ Winthrop’s Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling the jersey he wore during the historic victory over Russia at Lake Placid. Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale Feb. 23, estimates that the white No. 21 jersey will fetch more than $1 million.
Eruzione also is selling his stick, which he used to score the winning goal against Russian backup goalie Vladimir Myshkin, and his blue jersey from the gold medal game, a victory over Finland.
Eruzione, 58, works in development and alumni relations at his alma mater, Boston University, and is a motivational speaker.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 13, 1991, during the Celtics’ 117-97 victory over the visiting SuperSonics, center Robert Parish became the fifth player in NBA history to appear in 1,200 games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes and which two former Celtics?
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
STAT OF THE DAY: 52:30 – Time on the floor Wednesday night for Rajon Rondo, a career high, in a 117-115 double-overtime victory over the Mavericks
‘NET RESULTS: There were two-buzzer-beaters in the NBA on Wednesday night that toppled elite teams. First, Warriors forward Draymond Green gets free for a layup with less than a second left to knock off the Heat.
Second, Jazz guard Mo Williams beats the Spurs with a tiebreaking 3-pointer.
Referee Courtney Kirkland attempts to block Nets forward Kris Humphries‘ free throw (the whistle had blown for substitutions to enter).
Lakers star Kobe Bryant and soccer great Lionel Messi appear together in an ad for Turkish Airlines.
Zach Hodskins is a talented junior guard at Georgia’s Milton High School, and he only has one arm. He reportedly hit seven 3-pointers in one game this season and has been getting attention from college scouts.
TRIVIA ANSWER: John Havlicek and Paul Silas
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Morris Day was born on this day in 1957.
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