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Lost to History

Fame is fleeting

PER TRADITION, the NHL champion Penguins will get their names etched on Lord Stanley's Cup. Such an honor is for eternity ... or until there's no more room and a ring has to be removed from the 125-year-old chalice. This is what will happen after this season. So some legendary names—including Gordie Howe's and Bobby Hull's—will no longer be immortalized on sports' most famous trophy. It was a good week for the Pens, French Open champion Rafael Nadal and other sports figures, but as Mr. Hockey knew, nothing is forever.


Reds utilityman

GOOD: You're only the second player since 1901 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in a single game.

BAD: People still mispronounce your last name (soft G).


Ohio State basketball coach

GOOD: You get $24 million over eight years to turn around the Buckeyes.

BAD: You have to turn around the Buckeyes.


U.S. men's soccer team

GOOD: You scored both goals in a 2--0 World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago.

BAD: You have to do the same thing in every match for the next 15 years.


Oklahoma football coach

GOOD: At 33, you're the youngest head coach at an FBS school.

BAD: Anything less than 11 wins per year and Sooners fans will go Boomer.


Belmont Stakes winner

GOOD: You gained equine immortality by winning a Triple Crown race.

BAD: No names are engraved on the 91-year-old silver Belmont Trophy.