Commentary

What a week it was

Updated: August 17, 2009, 4:20 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

I love the way the sports world covers the gamut of emotions.

Think about all the things that happened in the past week in sports. There was controversy, success, record-breaking, surprises & it was an unbelievable week.

Let's start with the shocking upset at the PGA Championship. Y.E. Yang was the 110th-ranked golfer in the world. He had one PGA Tour championship entering the week. Tiger Woods came in with 70. Remember, Tiger was 14-for-14 when leading through three rounds at a major.

It was shock city because you don't expect Tiger to relinquish a lead. You have to give Yang credit for making key shots, while Woods didn't get the job done. Putting hurt him down the stretch and he usually puts his opponents away.

Think about the performance by Usain Bolt of Jamaica. He was lightning quick in setting a world record at the World Track and Field Championships. It was not an easy win since Tyson Gay set an American record in that race. To run under 9.6 seconds is absolutely amazing. I wonder how fast this young man can go? Talk about coming through in a challenging situation!

Then you talk about the controversy of Michael Vick putting on the NFL uniform again. The Eagles rolled the dice and we will have to see how much playing time he will get. Donovan McNabb was behind the scenes trying to get Philadelphia to sign Vick. The former Falcon will be utilized in a variety of ways. It will be interesting to watch, and the big news is the second opportunity is there. Can he capitalize on it and make it work to his benefit?

There was the soap opera out in Louisville. The world of Rick Pitino continues to spin. It is a sad story that has occupied the headlines in the state of Kentucky.

In New York, people should appreciate the accomplishment of Derek Jeter, who has the most hits by a shortstop in major league history. He does things the right way, and his incredible achievement adds to the impressive resume that will lead to a bust in Cooperstown. When it is all said and done, he will break the Yankees record for hits.

Think about that statement & the most hits of any Yankee! That's impressive when you consider the company would include the likes of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle! Jeter will be uno number one!

College football is right around the corner. Florida is in its preparation for the season, trying to go back-to-back. The Gators are number one in the preseason poll. Can they accomplish the same feat that Billy Donovan pulled off when Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Taurean Green, Corey Brewer and company did? You can bet that Urban Meyer, with his motivational ability, will have Donovan talk to his team about what the challenge is like. This is a new season and the Gators will be on everybody's bulletin board as a target, especially with Tim Tebow leading the offense.

It was quite a week in sports, baby!

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.