1. Quick Hits
- Mack Brown is expected to be out after 16 years as University of Texas football coach.
- In a 3-way trade among the Angels, Arizona and the White Sox, power-hitting Mark Trumbo goes from the Angels to Arizona. The Angels get young pitching and Chicago gets center fielder Adam Eaton.
- Now that the Pope is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year, who will be the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year? David Ortiz? Your nominations?
2. Guilt by Association
Top 5 subscriber Tom B. asks a good question, and it’s something that many of you hinted at yesterday: In regard to Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre making the Hall of Fame, “Are any of their win totals or World Series records tainted because they may have had players using steroids on their respective teams?” Others wonder whether Marvin Miller isn’t getting more Hall of Fame consideration because he fought drug testing for his union members. As one Top Fiver wrote who asked to remain anonymous, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey the last to integrate his team, is in and Miller is out “Incomprehensible,” he writes. My bottom line: even with numbers for the players it’s all subjective. For non-players it’s near impossible to sort it out.
3. New York, New York
You have to hand it to Curtis Granderson. He goes from the Yankees to the Mets and proclaims that he’s heard that “true New Yorkers” are Mets fans. I’m fairly certain that’s not true. “True New Yorkers” can be of many stripes including old-time Dodgers and Giants fans, but Granderson scores some points with me for moxie. He’ll score even more points if he can spark the Mets on the field.
ESPN sent a memo to its employees explaining that the word “sucks” isn’t appropriate for use on air. When I was a young sportscaster in Boston my news director, who went on to become an NBC News honcho, send me a note. He didn’t think using the word “lousy” was appropriate on TV. Wonder what the memo will look like in another 40 years?
5. A Dose of Common Sense
Cameron Rodriguez can keep the dough. He was the college basketball player who hit a half court shot at an Oklahoma City basketball game and won $20,000. (Preview) He plays at a small Kansas college under the aegis of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They told him if he kept the money he’d forfeit his college eligibility. But now they’ve agreed to let him use the money for his college scholarship. Nice. Why do I have the feeling that if the NCAA were involved there would not have been a happy ending?
Happy Birthday: Former New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest. 42.
Bonus Birthday: Tootsie actress Teri Garr. 69.
Today in Sports: Joe DiMaggio hangs ‘em up. 1951.
Bonus Event: 5 years ago today. Bernie Madoff is arrested. 2008.
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