This Week in Sports History: Feb. 2 to 8

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) celebrate their win over Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. The Patriots won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look back at this upcoming week in sports history.

February 2nd

1959 – Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers.
1997 – Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games.
2014 – The Seahawks defeat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, 42-8. Malcolm Smith named MVP.

Born
1975 – Todd Bertuzzi – NHL

February 3rd

1993 – Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for one year due to racist comments.
1998 – Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli becomes just the ninth player in NHL history to score 600 career goals.
1998 – The Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman.
2002 – The Patriots defeat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, 20-17. Tom Brady named MVP.
2008 – The Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14. Eli Manning named MVP.
2013 – The Ravens defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31. Joe Flacco named MVP.
2019 – The Patriots defeat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, 13-3. Julian Edelman named MVP.

Born
1940 – Fran Tarkenton – NFL
1945 – Bob Grosse – NFL
1952 – Fred Lynn – MLB
1968 – Vlade Divac – NBA

February 4th

1969 – John Madden is named head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
1987 – Sacramento Kings score only four points in the first quarter against the Lakers. This is the record for the fewest points in a period since the inception of the 24-second shot clock.
1991 – Baseball’s Hall of Fame board of directors votes 12-0 to ban Pete Rose due to his betting on games while he was a player and manager.
1997 – Mario Lemieux becomes the seventh NHL player to score 600 career goals.
2007 – The Colts defeat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, 29-17. Peyton Manning named MVP.
2018 – The Eagles defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, 41-33. Nick Foles named MVP.

Born
1959 – Lawrence Taylor – NFL
1962 – Dan Plesac – MLB
1973 – Oscar De La Hoya – Boxing

February 5th

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes the first player in NBA history to score 38,000 points.
1997 – O.J. Simpson is found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court.
2006 – The Steelers defeat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, 21-10. Hines Ward named MVP.
2012 – The Giants defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17. Eli Manning named MVP.
2017 – The Patriots defeat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, 34-28. Tom Brady named MVP.

Born
1934 – Hank Aaron – MLB
1942 – Roger Staubach – NFL
1968 – Roberto Alomar – MLB
1985 – Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer
1992 – Neymar, Jr. – Soccer

February 6th

1958 – Ted Williams becomes the highest-paid player in MLB history. He re-signs with Boston Red Sox for $135,000.
1990 – Brett Hull becomes the first son of an NHL 50-goal scorer (Bobby Hull) to score 50 goals.
1993 – Tennis player Arthur Ashe passes away at 49.
2005 – The Patriots defeat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, 24-21. Deion Branch named MVP.
2011 – The Packers defeat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25. Aaron Rodgers named MVP.

Born
1985 – Kris Humphries – NBA

February 7th

1949 – New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio becomes the first $100,000-a-year baseball player.
2010 – Saints defeat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, 31-17. Drew Brees named MVP.

Born
1973 – Juwan Howard – NBA
1974 – Steve Nash – NBA
1988 – Matthew Stafford – NFL

February 8th

1986 – Atlanta Hawks’ Spud Webb (5-foot-7) wins the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
1996 – Art Modell moves his NFL franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. The NFL approves the move but decides Modell must leave the Browns’ name behind.
2000 – Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas passes away from a pulmonary embolism at 33.

Born
1960 – Dino Ciccarelli – NHL
1970 – Alonzo Mourning – NBA
1990 – Klay Thompson – NBA

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