Sunday, May 13, 2001

Best and worst of the week in sports

        The Enquirer sports department's look at who rated — good and bad — this week in sports:

Top five

        1. Jose Rijo: He's our all-time favorite Red. Whether he makes it back or not, bless his heart for trying. You've got to think that if his elbow is close to sound, he's as good as half the pitchers in the majors.

        2. Randy Johnson: The Big Unit was larger than ever in striking out 20 Reds Tuesday. He was so good the Reds were marveling about him after a heartbreaking loss. And shame on baseball for not recognizing 20 Ks in the record book because it was an extra-inning game.

        3. Major-league hockey: Nothing like Game 7 of an NHL playoff series going into overtime. With all these great series, maybe they can get a 2.0 rating.

        4. The Lakers: Guess that Kobe-Shaq feud wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Shaquille O'Neal is playing as well in the playoffs as anyone since Michael Jordan.

        5. The Flying Pig: Great event. Raised a lot of money. Made a lot of people happy.

Bottom five

        1. UC basketball: Ruben Patterson, B.J. Grove and Donald Little all run afoul of the law in the same week. Bob Huggins always says he has “good kids.” But those good kids often turn out to be bad men.

        2. Deion Sanders: Watch it, Prime Time, you could get hurt out there in the outfield. Too bad there's no fair catch in baseball. Deion is also proving that old baseball adage: You can't steal first.

        3. Minor-league hockey: The Cyclones finally blinked in the local hockey war. Seems to us it should not have taken that long for smart business people to figure out that no town needs two minor-league teams. The Clones should go away — not to a lower league.

        4. XFL: Spring football is big only in Nebraska — even if you change the rules and use strippers for cheerleaders.

        5. The Flying Pig: It's a great event. We just don't know if it's a sporting event. They have to do something to ensure a competitive race.

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