Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Eye Drops:

As soon as road crews have finished clearing Interstate 70 near Columbia, Mo., they will begin removing the piles of snow left over from last week's Rams news conference.

Could someone please retrace the ruts in the ice and show me the exact point where ADAM CREIGHTON turned into MAX BENTLEY?

If you ask me, JASON "Sudsy" SUTHERLAND is an honest basketball player. He's just going up and down his wing, taking the body and finishing his checks.

Despite the Blues' 2-0 record, Commissioner GARY BETTMAN has announced that the National Hockey League will press on with the regular schedule and playoffs before awarding them the Stanley Cup.

Wendy must have sewed SCOTT HIGHMARK's jump shot back on.

TONY TWIST, who already has a goal in 181 NHL games, has a chance to score 50 goals in 9,050 games.

Some records are better left unbroken. On this day in 1963, steelworker, janitor and extremely bored GUSTAVE BRICKNER went for a swim. The workout was brief, just 6 minutes 22 seconds.

Thing is, Brickner broke a hole in the ice on the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh to take the dip. The temperature at the time was minus 18 degrees with a minus-85 wind-chill factor. The swim set a Guinness Book of World Records for an outdoor swim on the coldest day.

Brickner's record, however, no longer is listed in the Guinness book. The company had to remove the mark a few years later because several people died attempting to break it.

And speaking of world records . . . Guinness has acknowledged JACK HAMM of Englewood, Colo., for blasting an altitude-record 473-yard drive. The non-wind-aided shot carried 458 yards in the air.

In the aftermath, surrounding neighbors have strictly forbidden Hamm from ever playing the 18-hole course at Tower Tee Golf Club.

RON LUCIANO, the former major-league umpire who died last week, once recalled a story about former Baltimore Orioles manager EARL WEAVER, who was his longtime nemesis:

"The last time I saw (Weaver) was in Chicago. …

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