PHELPS NAMED SPORTSMAN OF YEAR
Beijing Olympics superstar Michael Phelps was named Sports Illustrated’s 2008 Sportsman of the Year yesterday.
My take: The other finalists were Hussein Bolt and Kevin Garnett, but this was an easy a selection as there’s ever been.
I don’t care for swimming at all, but I was glued to the TV every time Phelps was scheduled to compete. I was in a Garner restaurant for his final race and everyone — black, white, everyone — united to cheer for him. It was awesome and I’m happy SI made the easy and correct decision here.
WEIS TO REMAIN NOTRE DAME COACH
Fox Sports is reporting that Charlie Weis will return as the Notre Dame coach for his fifth season next year. Weis is 28-21 in four years at the Golden Dome, but only 9-15 the past two seasons.
My take: Chalk this up to the bad economy; if Weis wasn’t owed a buyout of approximately $15-18 million, he’d be gone.
And he should be; his record is actually worse than his two predecessors (including Kinston-born Tyrone Willingham) at this point and both were fired.
As a wise man once said: It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.
GIANTS SUSPEND BURRESS FOR REST OF SEASON
The N.Y. Giants suspended Plaxico Burress for the rest of the season after his Harris Smith incident over the weekend. He’s ineligible to return even for the playoffs.
My take: Good for the NYG. At least one league takes care of business when it has to.
WNBA FOLDS HOUSTON COMETS
Tough times continue to dog the Women’s National Basketball Association; the league has announced the folding of the Houston Comets, which won the league’s first four titles from 1997-2000.
My take: It’s about time, isn’t it? I’ve hated the WNBA since its inception, mainly because the NBA and ESPN have shoved the pseudo-league down our throats.
Hopefully, this is the first domino that will begin the end of the league.