Commentary

Stock Watch

Updated: August 18, 2008, 10:06 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

STOCK UP

• Michael Phelps dominated the first week of the Olympics, setting world record after world record in winning eight gold medals. He is the world's best athlete right now.

• Jamaica's Usain Bolt shattered his own world record in winning the 100-meters at the Olympics.

• The U. S. Olympic men's and women's basketball teams continue to roll on.

• Cliff Lee of the Indians is 17-2 with a 2.43 ERA.

• The Mets have won six straight games to take charge in the NL East.

STOCK DOWN

• Several athletes have been tossed from the Olympics due to positive drug tests.

• A Swedish wrestler was stripped of his bronze medal after protesting while on the podium.

• Joe Gibbs Racing trying to alter the result of chassis tests on the cars of Tony Stewart and Joey Lagano. Look for MASCAR to issue stern punishments.

• John McEnroe was thrown out of his match at a Rhode Island tournament after arguing with a chair umpire and making a gesture at fans.

• The Nationals have dropped 10 straight games.

• Tom Glavine's latest injury could end his career.

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.