Oh, weekends. They are nice aren’t they? I’m watching the Formula One qualifying and getting ready to see Taken 2. Are you jealous?
Sorry sorry – I didn’t do a ‘Best Of The Week’ last week. Too many things to do (went to a wedding and sorry, but wedding > blog). But this has been a pretty decent week, so I’m blessing you with my favourite stories. Ready? Okay.
Jerry Sandusky Gets 30 To 60 Years, But Fallout Is Far From Over For Penn State – Forbes SportsMoney, Chris Smith. I know that it’s not a popular topic anymore (and I really don’t know why – it’s such an interesting topic!) but Sandusky has been sentenced. And while I don’t think that the fines and new rules will have any influence on Penn State… they’ve still got a long way to go with their punishments.
Future of Lakers is now for Kobe as 16-year veteran ponders retirement – CBS Sports, Ken Berger. I cannot believe that Kobe has been playing for 16 years. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long… And I, as a Celtics fan, more than welcome his retirement. But where will the Lakers be without him? Surely not at the top…
Lawsuit Against The NHLPA By The Late Derek Boogaard’s Family Signals Legal Concern For The NHL – Ruling Sports, John Fabiano. This is a particularly sad story. Hockey player Derek Boogaard accidentally overdosed and died last year, with nearly $5 million dollars on his contract. It doesn’t look like the NHL is going to pay out the contract, which they should, and on top of that, this is a major issue of neglect of sports-related injuries. I’m keeping my eye on this one…
UCI cites anti-doping regime gaps – ESPN. Everyone has heard of the Lance Armstrong debacle by now (I hope). The UCI is debating what to do with the Tour de France titles, because of the problems with detecting foreign substances (steroids) in athletes bodies. If they don’t award the medals, there will be empty records, but if they do… well, honestly? That person was probably taking them, as well. It was a naughty time in cycling.
O’Neill cashes in chips as ARU CEO to focus on Casino Challenge – SportBusinessInsider, Tony Harper. I have to admit… this one was a head-shaker. O’Neill has 14 years with the ARU under his belt and he’s leaving to take care of his hotels and casinos. He started with Echo Entertainment (the company with the casinos) in June and instead of leaving at the end of 2013, like he was supposed to, he’s leaving now. Cuz he feels like it. Now, I’m all for people who have other interests – good for them – but I can never understand why anyone would voluntarily leave the sports business. IT’S THE BEST BUSINESS IN THE WORLD!
As always, I’m curious – did you see any sports stories this week that were especially interesting? Did I miss something big?