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Lost to History

Fame is fleeting
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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.

SCOOTER GENNETT

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).

CHRIS HOLTMANN

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.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

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.

LINCOLN RILEY

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.

TAPWRIT

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.