Thursday's Morning Mashup: 'Bill' wins championship coaching name game

February 03, 2011 - 2:18 am

Welcome to Thursday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY: NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes '€” Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin '€” The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills '€” Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher '€” have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis. Bills also lead in basketball (with help from Celtics' Bills Russell, Sharman and Fitch) and baseball (including old-time Red Sox manager Carrigan). Toms rule the NHL. In college football, it's Robert (including Bob/Bobby). In college basketball it's Jim, with UConn's Calhoun among the winning Jims. '™¦ Lakers guard Ron Artest denied a report that he wants to be traded. "We're sticking together," he said after Wednesday's practice. "We're moving forward. That's all that matters." At Fox Sports, Billy Witz writes that the new Artest isn't likely to cause any problems, but down deep he probably would prefer to play for the Knicks, his hometown team. '™¦ National signing day was Wednesday for college football teams. In the Detroit Free Press, Michael Rosenberg addresses the issue of grayshirting '€” signing more recruits than a team has scholarships and making some players wait a year for their grant '€” and writes that the NCAA should abolish it. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams to win their first Super Bowl. In addition to an interception return for a touchdown by Ty Law and two Adam Vinatieri field goals, the Patriots had one offensive touchdown. Who scored it? QUOTE OF THE DAY: '€œI was given assurances that [Bill Belichick] would tell his side of the story. He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.'€ '€” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in a Sports Illustrated story, talking about the 2007 videotaping scandal STAT OF THE DAY: 1,687 '€” Combined victories for UConn coach Jim Calhoun and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim before last night's meeting in Hartford, making it the most wins for two coaches in a single game in NCAA history 'NET RESULTS: Soccer star Ronaldinho shows a few slick skills during a practice. TRIVIA ANSWER: David Patten, on an 8-yard pass from Tom Brady SOOTHING SOUNDS: On Feb. 3, 1959, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in Iowa.