Commentary

Stock Watch

Updated: August 4, 2008, 12:32 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

STOCK UP

• The Tampa Bay Rays swept the Detroit Tigers.

• The Chicago Cubs are 7-1 in their last eight games, including a recent four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

• The Blackhawks hired Scotty Bowman as a Senior Advisor.

• Joshua Clottey won a share of the world welterweight title with a close win over Zab Judah.

STOCK DOWN

• Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith received a two-game suspension for punching teammate Ken Lucas during practice. The suspension sent a message that even the top players have to be held accountable for their actions.

• Wide receiver Chris Henry, currently a free agent, was suspended for the first four NFL games this season. Once again, Henry violated league policy.

• Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard was accused of drag racing. Again, it comes down to decision-making.

• Jessica Hardy was taken off the U. S. Olympic swim team after her failed drug test.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.