1996 – The Toronto Argonauts defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 43-37 to win the 84th Grey Cup at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. The game is notable for the heavy snowfall that took place, resulting in the game being dubbed “The Snow Bowl”.
On March 2nd, in Sports History…
1927, Babe Ruth becomes baseball’s highest paid player at a salary of $70,000 per year.
1962, Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in an NBA game for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
1969, Phil Esposito becomes first NHL Player to score 100 points in a season.
1974, North Carolina overcomes a eight-point deficit in 17 seconds to force overtime against rival Duke in Chapel Hill. Walter Davis led the charge in the days before the three point shot, which makes this comeback even more significant. The Tar Heels went on to win by four in overtime.
1992, Ryne Sandberg becomes the highest paid player in baseball after signing an extension for $7.1 million per year.
1968 – The first ABA All-Star Game in Indianapolis. The East beats the West 126-120.
1977 – The Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 32–14 to win their first Super Bowl. The game was played on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Oakland gained a Super Bowl record 429 yards, including a Super Bowl record 288 yards in the first half, en route to winning the game. Oakland wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, who had 4 catches for 79 yards that set up three Raider touchdowns, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Curt Gowdy calls the play by play.
1989 – Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski as selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1990 – Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1991 – Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame, and Dean Smith of North Carolina is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games.
1920 – The New York Yankees paid the Boston Red Sox $125,000 for Babe Ruth
1971 In the NFC title game the Dallas Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 17 -10, and the Baltimore Colts previal over the Oakland Raiders 27-17 in the AFC.
2002 – The of Miami Hurricanes beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 37-14 to win the National Championship, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
2003 – The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Miami Hurricanes 31 – 24 in double overtime to with the BCS Championship at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The game was played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
The “Immaculate Reception.” In 1972, occurred in the AFC divisional playoff game of the between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders of the NFL at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The Steelers were trailing in the last thirty seconds of the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass attempt to John Fuqua. The ball bounced off the hands of Raiders safety Jack Tatum and, as it fell toward the ground, Steelers fullback Franco Harris scooped it up and ran for a game-winning touchdown. The play has been a source of unresolved controversy and speculation ever since, as many people have contended that the ball touched either Fuqua or the ground before Harris caught it, either of which would have resulted in an incomplete pass by the rules at the time.
1997 – Chicago Bulls’ coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games).
1997 – Colorado Avalanche player Jari Kurri is 8th NHL player to score 600 career goals.
2004 – Free-agent outfielder J.D. Drew signs a five-year, $55 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2005 – Johnny Damon signs a US$52 million, four-year deal to play for the New York Yankee
In 1992, Jerry Rice caught his record-setting 101st NFL touchdown pass.
The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Ernie Davis of Syracuse in 1961, Archie Griffin of Ohio State in 1975, and to Vinny Testaverde of Miami in 1986. The other finalists were Paul Palmer from Temple, future Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, and the popular Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma.
1966 – The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants in the highest scoring game in NFL history at 113 points. Redskins HB A.D. Whitfield had three touchdowns on the day, leading all players, including a 63-yard run in the first quarter plus a one-yard run and five-yard pass reception from QB Sonny Jurgensen that started the scoring onslaught. Rookie safety Brig Owens scored two TDs for Washington, on a 62-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter and 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. Split end Charley Taylor also added two TDs to the Redskins total, on passes covering 32 and 74 yards from Jurgensen. The special teams contributed a touchdown as DB Rickie Harris ran a punt back 52 yards in the fourth quarter.
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1986 – Top contender Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas to win his first heavyweight boxing title.