3 Up and 3 Down In The World Of Sports ...
THREE UP ...
1. Not that Tony Dungy's criticism of the NCAA had a bearing on it, but let's applaud Louisville for its decision to hire Florida defensive coordinate Charlie Strong as its head coach. Strong had played a central role in Urban Meyer's success with the Gators, and he should have been a candidate to run a program long before now. He's got a challenge ahead of him at Louisville, but the Cardinals have been a winning program in years past. Strong could have easily been offered, oh, a program with no chance of winning -- in this century or the next.
2. Not sure why the Tigers are trying to unload Curtis Granderson, but I have to admit it will be a wonderful deal for the Yankees, if not an outright betrayal to Tigers fans. Now, I'm not Yankees fan, no matter how much I try to understand the organization. You can't but salute a team for not wanting to stand pat. Bold teams like the Yankees make bold moves, and this was, if it goes through, a bold move that will make the Yankees younger, faster and better. Can anybody say World Series champs, 2010?
3. He has had more bad press than anybody not named Tiger. He's also facing legal problems that might ruin what remains of this season. But Cavaliers guard Delonte West deserves applause for trying to hold together. He's been an emotional wreck since this summer, and he's not been a player the Cavaliers can rely on -- until lately. He's had two games in which he's looked a lot like the West the Cavs need if they plan to ride LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal to an NBA championship. They will go nowhere without West.
THREE DOWN ...
1. Pete Gammons quit his ESPN gig. How can that be good? No baseball writer held the sway Gammons did. He knew everybody in the business; and everybody knew him. In an era when rumors fly around like flies in a horse barn, he was the voice of authority. If he said the world was flat, and the decision meant something in baseball, you had no choice but to believe Gammons. His decision to step aside from his ESPN duties leaves a hole bigger than the Grand Canyon. While he's moving from "The World Wide Leader" to the MLB Network, he's stepping into uncharted waters there. His voice would resonate louder at a network unfettered by league ownership.
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