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Pulling for the Underdogs

Since my alma mater, Ohio University, is considered a so called mid-major in the world of college athletics, I am ecstatic that Butler and Virginia Commoweath are in the Final Four. The dilemma is which one to pull for in this evening’s national sem-final. I have to lean toward VCU because one of my best friends in the world, Denise White, is an alum. Many years ago, Denise was a student at VCU and happened to be interning at the station where I was the weekend anchor. Many of her fellow students also interned or had graduated and had been hired by the station. It can be argued that BIG TIME college athletics has been corrupted by well intended boosters (or perhaps ill intended) who grease the palms of recruits to play for their respective alma maters. Those same recruits then leave early for an even more lucrative deal in the NBA. So, here’s to the little guys who could! I only wish the brackets had worked out differently so that VCU and Butler would be playing for the national championship.

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Class Act

In a world arguably devoid of class and dignity, there is a glimmer of hope. I read a short blurb in Saturday’s edition of the St. Pete Times that impresses me no end. A high school basketball team in Eugene, Oregon had lost one of its players when he was swept out to sea with another teenager. When the team took the floor for the first time after his death, the coach only put four players in the lineup against five on the other team during the first possession of the game. Even more impressive was the fact that 2,500 fans in the stands were wearing the young man’s number 35 jersey. These symbolic gestures transcend sports and can serve as a reminder about how we should conduct ourselves in business and life in general.

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The Boss Would Be Proud

George Steinbrenner was one of those rare individuals about whom everyone had an opinion. To say he was difficult to work for is a huge understatement. At the same time, he was among the most generous people the Tampa Bay area has ever known. Yet, he never sought attention for his philanthropic activities. When I think of his legacy, the Gold Shield Foundation comes to mind immediately. Gold Shield was created to assist the families of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty. The primary focus is providing a college education for the children of those officers. I think Mr. Steinbrenner would be pleased to know that Fox Hollow Golf Club will donate every dollar from golfers who play the course next Tuesday, July 20th to the Gold Shield Foundation in memory of Tampa police officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab. A minimum $50 donation will get you a round golf, a lunch buffet and unlimited soft drinks. You can call Fox Hollow at 727-376-6333 to make a tee time or go to http://www2.cybergolf.com/sites/courses/custom.asp?id=919&page=56057 for more information. I’m sure “The Boss” would be proud of the commitment made by Fox Hollow owner Bill Sandri and Head Professional Matt Cote.

The Cruelest Game of All

To be honest with you, I knew little or nothing of PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus until this past weekend. He was ranked 377th in the world, but stood on the precipice of winning his first PGA Tour title at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Unfortunately, he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a triple bogey on the 72nd hole. Garrigus still managed to squeeze into a playoff, but bowed out with a bogey on the first extra hole. It’s another example of why so many of us have a love/hate relationship with golf. Here’s the cool thing. When a lot of players would have been tempted to storm off under such circumstances, Garrigus agreed to be interviewed by CBS analyst David Feherty. Not only that, he handled his devastating defeat with class and dignity. Robert Garrigus may never sniff a tour victory again, but I sincerely hope he does.

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Are you kidding me?

In my opinion, Major League Baseball has a number of credibility/integrity issues. Can you say performance enhanching drugs? How about the absence of a salary cap that allows big market teams to outspend their smaller counterparts by double or more? But, to me, the biggest credibility issue right now is horrible umpiring. We saw another glaring example of it last night during the Rays game when a pitch that was clearly a foot or more off the plate was called a strike against Carl Crawford. CC went off on the umpire and was promptly tossed out of the game as was Joe Maddon who went out to defend his player. It seems the strike zone has been expanded to include any area on the field of play. If MLB intends to hold its players accountable, it needs to do the same for umpires. When players don’t perform, they’re either sent down to the minors or given their walking papers. It seems to me that the same should apply to the umps!