Two of the best things to ever come out of Roy would be the Big Ben and Big Mac.
Well, more specifically, Jimmy Mac.
As the Utah Sports Hall of Fame prepares to induct its star-studded 2013 Class -- including Jim McMahon, Ron McBride, Billy Casper, Marv Fleming and Michelle Fellows Lewis -- I was reminded of McMahon's exploits at Roy High School. He was an impressive baseball, basketball and football player for the Royals, a great guy to root for.
In the 1970s, I spent many a night at the Roy Recreation Complex, hoping to get into the all-comer's basketball game on the spongy main gym floor.
Occasionally I did.
And every now and then, McMahon and his buddies would stop by to remind us how good they were.
It's good to see Jimmy Mac receive such an honor. It's good see him smile.
Organizers say there are still tickets available for the Hall of Fame Induction banquet. For information, call Chuck Schell (801-262-9095) or Neil Petty (944-2379).
A lineup of ex-Raptors
While the L.A. Dodgers roster is full of former Ogden Raptors, you have to go back to 2002 to remember a pair of ex-Raptors playing in the ALCS.
The 2002 Raptors squad, part of the Milwaukee Brewers' system back then, boasted Prince Fielder and Craig Breslow, a left-handed pitcher out of the Ivy League.
Both enjoyed impressive rookie seasons, although Fielder patrolled Lindquist Field for only about a month.
Fielder is now the slugging star of the Detroit Tigers. Breslow is a key middle reliever for the Boston Red Sox.
The two could square off sometime over the next week or so. At least one will play in the World Series.
Ex-Raptors on the L.A. roster include Nick Buss, Stephen Fife, Elian Herrera, Kenley Jansen, Matt Magill, A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon. The Dodgers are locked into an epic NLCS battle with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Prep bikers gather
The Utah High School Cycling League will stage its midseason mountain bike races today at Snowbasin Resort.
More than 450 student athletes are expected to compete. Competition runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We note the passing on Oct. 5 of Monte Bailey, a longtime high school coach at Ben Lomond and Ogden, and a director of the city's recreation program. He was 96. He also was an ardent supporter of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. ...
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert officially declared Thursday as the Utah Jazz Bear 20th Anniversary Day. The popular mascot, twice named NBA mascot of the year, has performed at more than 800 games. ...
Huntsman World Senior Games founder John Morgan Jr., 90, was presented with the National Senior Games Association Personal Best Award on Oct. 6. . ...
America First Credit Union will be the new presenting sponsor of the Utah Jazz's popular dance team. The America First Jazz Dancers will perform tonight when the Jazz host the L.A. Clippers. 20-dancer squad is directed by Jan Whittaker. ...
Former BYU linebacker Kurt Gouveia will be one of seven inaugural members of the newly formed Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. They'll be honored in January prior to the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Cougar standout and current Philly TV broadcaster Vai Sikahema will serve as master of ceremonies. The inaugural class includes Olin George Kreutz, Kevin James Mawae, Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr., Jack Thompson, Herman John Wedemeyer and Ken Niumatalolo.
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