Greatest Athlete in Connecticut History Tournament: Index

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time for another SportzEdge ® Bracket-style, 64-team tournament! Feel the excitement!!!

Last year, we changed the course of modern human civilization with the Coolest NCAA Logo Tournament, which became a national phenomenon along the lines of a presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY speech, or DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about where he wants to play basketball.

This year, we decided to take on a question scholars have been debating since the 1800’s, maybe.

Who is the greatest athlete in Connecticut history?

There are plenty of outstanding candidates, from Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, to four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rogers, to all-time great featherweight boxer Willie Pep.

The athletes we considered must have grown up in Connecticut, and we counted only their prowess on the playing field, so coaches, executives and contributors like Walter Camp were not considered.

VOTING FOR FINAL FOUR ENDS MONDAY, 8/24, AT 3 P.M.

CHAMPIONSHIP:

2. Floyd Little vs. 3. Jim O’Rourke

FINAL FOUR: 

11. Jimmy Piersall vs. 2. Floyd Little

3. Jim O’Rourke vs. 10. Mike Katz

ELITE EIGHT:

WALTER CAMP REGION

5. Joey Logano vs. 11. Jimmy Piersall

GENO AURIEMMA REGION

3. Jim O’Rourke vs. 13. Bobby Valentine

JIM CALHOUN REGION

2. Floyd Little vs. 9. Ken Strong

J. WALTER KENNEDY REGION

4. Chris Drury vs. 10. Mike Katz

SWEET 16:

WALTER CAMP REGION

1. Steve Young vs. 5. Joey Logano

10. Charles Nagy vs. 11. Jimmy Piersall

GENO AURIEMMA REGION

2. Calvin Murphy vs. 3. Jim O’Rourke

9. Scott Burrell vs. 13. Bobby Valentine

JIM CALHOUN REGION

2. Floyd Little vs. 6. Bob Skoronski

4. Andy Robustelli vs. 9. Ken Strong

J. WALTER KENNEDY REGION

3. Joan Joyce vs. 10. Mike Katz

4. Chris Drury vs. 8. Matt Harvey

Note: Floyd Little tallied the most votes in the second-round receiving close to 28,000– that’s good for most votes in a single match-up so far in the tournament. John Williamson, Little’s second-round opponent, received the second-most second-round votes (also good for the second-most tournament votes) with 5,287 votes. Logano received six less votes than Williamson (5,281 votes). Also, Hall of Fame QB Steve Young was the only No. 1 seed to survive the second-round– Jenner, Pep and Leetch all lost in the second-round. 

SECOND ROUND:

WALTER CAMP REGION

1. Steve Young vs. 9. Steve Blass

5. Joey Logano vs. 13. Ryan Gomes

3. Jonathan Quick vs. 11. Jimmy Piersall

2. Bill Rodgers vs. 10. Charles Nagy

GENO AURIEMMA REGION

1. Caitlyn Jenner vs. 9. Scott Burrell

5. Lindy Remigino vs. 13. Bobby Valentine

3. Jim O’Rourke vs. 6. Nykesha Sales

2. Calvin Murphy vs. 10. Walt Dropo

JIM CALHOUN REGION

1. Brian Leetch vs. 9. Ken Strong

4. Andy Robustelli vs. 5. Bill Toomey

3. Dorothy Hamill vs. 6. Bob Skoronski

2. Floyd Little vs. 10. John Williamson

J. WALTER KENNEDY REGION

1. Willie Pep vs. 8. Matt Harvey

4. Chris Drury vs. 5. Marcus Camby

3. Joan Joyce vs. 6. Jen Rizzotti

2. Jeff Bagwell vs. 10. Mike Katz

Note: Bobby Valentine collected the most votes in the first round (3,887 votes)– Dwight Freeney received the second-most votes in the first round in a losing effort (2,523 votes). Also, no seven seeds advanced out of the first round– all the 10-seeds were victorious in the 7-10 match-ups.

FIRST ROUND:

WALTER CAMP REGION

1. Steve Young vs. 16. Nick Tronsky

8. Roger Connor vs. 9. Steve Blass

5. Joey Logano vs. 12. Rick Mahorn

4. Kristine Lilly vs. 13. Ryan Gomes

6. Mo Vaughn vs. 11. Jimmy Piersall

3. Jonathan Quick vs. 14. John Bagley

7. Bill Romanowski vs. 10. Charles Nagy

2. Bill Rodgers vs. 15. Sidney Wood

GENO AURIEMMA REGION

1. Caitlyn Jenner vs. 16. Wes Matthews Sr.

8. Chris Smith vs. 9. Scott Burrell

5. Lindy Remigino vs. 12. James Blake

4. Dwight Freeney vs. 13. Bobby Valentine

6. Nykesha Sales vs. 11. Albie Booth

3. Jim O’Rourke vs. 14. Michael Adams

7. Julius Boros vs. 10. Walt Dropo

2. Calvin Murphy vs. 15. Rico Brogna

JIM CALHOUN REGION

1. Brian Leetch vs. 16. Chris Dudley

8. Max Pacioretty vs. 9. Ken Strong

5. Bill Toomey vs. 12. Charles Smith

4. Andy Robustelli vs. 13. Brad Ausmus

6. Bob Skoronski vs. 11. Rob Dibble

3. Dorothy Hamill vs. 14. AJ Pollock

7. Marlon Starling vs. 10. John Williamson

2. Floyd Little vs. 15. Mike Gminski

J. WALTER KENNEDY REGION

1. Willie Pep vs. 16. Porky Vieira

8. Matt Harvey vs. 9. Ned Hanlon

5. Marcus Camby vs. 12. Jimmy Shea

4. Chris Drury vs. 13. Tebucky Jones

6. Jen Rizzotti vs. 11. Eugene Robinson

3. Joan Joyce vs. 14. Moe Drabowsky

7. Vin Baker vs. 10. Mike Katz

2. Jeff Bagwell vs. 15. Chad Dawson

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