- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week I talk about the world of sports:
• There was so much talk about the play in Detroit that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game and a spot in the history books. My heart was certainly sad for the Tigers hurler, but I also felt bad for umpire Jim Joyce, who admitted he made a bad call! Joyce and Galarraga were so classy after the game. The umpire admitted he made a mistake and apologized for it. Galarraga said people are human. I wonder what the reaction would have been from baseball fans and the media if Bud Selig ruled that a perfect game?
• Let us all pay a tribute to coach Wooden by treating each day like he did -- as a MASTERPIECE! Reading all the tributes on coach Wooden makes you realize what a marvelous man he was! He was simply the best of all the rest! We all wish we could be just 1% of the man coach Wooden was -- a solid gold, All-Rolls Royce humanitarian. May he rest in Peace!
• The Celtics evened the series with the Lakers thanks mainly to the magnificent first half performance of Ray Allen. Twenty-seven points on seven-of-eight shooting behind the arc in one half of basketball?! Are you kidding me?! Wow! You know Kobe and company will be upset that Boston stole a game on the west coast. This is going to be intense. I think Lamar Odom has to be more of a factor for the Lakers.
• The NCAA announced plans to expand scrutiny of big time programs with six agents doing investigations. That is six out of a staff of 30. Considering the number of schools in power conferences, this is not nearly enough!
• There has been so much talk about the upcoming NBA free agency period. Yes, my friends, there are so many big names and lots of speculation. My gut tells me Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will stay put and return to Miami and Cleveland respectively. It is all about cash, baby! 30 million more to stay put will be a difference maker! To me, the key free agent will be Chris Bosh. Imagine if he joins one of the Big 2! It could be a sign and trade situation, with Toronto getting something back instead of losing everything.
• I was sorry to see 'The Kid,' Ken Griffey Jr., retire. To me, he was the best all-around star who did it the right way. If he wasn't injured so often, he might have made it to 750 home runs. Thanks for the great memories, the incredible catches in the outfield, and an amazing career! You will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, Mr. Griffey!
• I know that the French Open women's final had some emotion, but come on. Francesca Schiavone vs. Samantha Stosur in the French Open title match? Did anyone in the USA care? American tennis needs a lift, badly! I know Serena and Venus Williams are great, but there is a drop-off after that dynamic duo. Meanwhile Rafael Nadal once against was a dominant force on clay. Now he is number one in the world rankings, passing Roger Federer.
2hBy Dan Graziano