MONTANA OR BRADY?
They call him the greatest of all-time, something that irks some Tom Brady fans. But just to be named in the same breath as Joe Montana is a compliment.
Montana was 4-0 in Super Bowls and 16-7 overall in the playoffs, posting five game-winning drives.
He completed 62.7 percent of his postseason passes, throwing 45 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions. He was perfect in Super Bowls with 11 TD passes and no interceptions.
Brady, meanwhile, surpassed Montana’s postseason win record Sunday. He is 17-6 in the postseason, posting six-game winning drives.
He has completed 62.9 percent of his postseason passes, throwing 41 touchdowns compared to 20 picks. He is 3-2 in Super Bowls with nine TD passes compared to two interceptions.
Brady has more playoff wins, but the true stat is Super Bowl wins. Until he gets No. 4, Montana is better.
Merrimack’s televised game against UMass on Feb. 9 has been changed to 4 p.m.
The home game for the Warriors (8-9-4 overall, 6-5-1 Hockey East) is on NESN. Limited tickets remain. Purchase them at merrimackathletics.com or by calling the ticket office at 978-837-5324.
BOGAR’S NEW GIG
Tim Bogar, the Red Sox bench coach last year, will manage the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas club this year.
Bogar’s pitching coach will be former All-Star left-hander Mike Hampton who finished second for the 1999 NL Cy Young when he went 22-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 34 starts for the Houston Astros.
KREIDER FIGHTING FOR SPOT
Boxford’s Chris Kreider, a Phillips Academy and Boston College graduate, is in camp with the New York Rangers, fighting for a position on the Opening Night roster.
The 21-year-old received his first NHL experience last year. After winning the National Championship with BC, he played in the postseason for the Rangers, posting five goals and two assists in 18 games.
“Chris is still fighting for a spot,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said, according to The Star-Ledger. “He’s a kid who came in and played some really good games and then was God-awful in some games during the playoffs. That’s what you expect out of a kid. We want him to work at all parts of his game and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
LONE PLAYER FOR HALL
While the Baseball Writers Association of America pitched a shutout in the Hall of Fame voting this year, one ex-player will be inducted in July
Deacon White, who died in 1939 at age 91, was elected by the Veterans Committee. He batted .312 with a .346 on-base percentage during his career. He led the National Association in hitting in 1875 (.367) and led the National League in 1877 (.387).
His career lasted 20 years including three for the Boston Red Stockings.
He was a third baseman, outfielder and catcher during a time when catchers caught barehanded.
“It is said he was given the name ‘Deacon’ because he really did carry a Bible and embody the qualities that one thinks of in a deacon,” according to Baseball-Reference.com.
WBC ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT
The Team USA provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be announced on MLB Network’s Hot Stove live Thursday at 10 a.m. Co-hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Bill Ripken, who was a member of the ‘09 Team USA coaching staff, Hot Stove will begin at 9 a.m. and break down Team USA and feature an interview with Team USA manager Joe Torre.
Later in the day, the remainder of the provisional rosters for the 16-team field will be announced on MLB Network during a World Baseball Classic Roster Special live at 4 p.m. It will be co-hosted by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger and Heidi Watney with Dan Plesac and Ripken and will be a one-hour special. It will feature interviews with Team USA pitching coach Greg Maddux and Team USA member/New York Mets third baseman David Wright.