Sunday, June 03, 2001

Best and worst of week in sports

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

Top five

        1. Hamilton: Getting the baseball team and the softball team in the state Final Four in one year rates as one of the great moments in Big Blue sports. And there have been quite a few.

        2. Alan Webb: The high schooler from Virginia single-handedly has put the United States back in the world picture on middle-distance running by breaking Jim Ryun's high school mile record. Best of all, Webb sounds like a regular kid.

        3. Adam Dunn: The Reds want to take it slow with this kid. But his bat is so fast, they may not be able to. He's 22 and he's dominating a league ruled by 30-year-olds.

        4. Bob Crable: The homegrown hero takes over at Moeller. He says it's his dream job. Watch out what you wish for. The last football coach at Moeller won eight or nine games a year and got forced out.

        5. The Mariners: They just keep on winning. You have to wonder if they'd being doing so well with Junior, A-Rod and the Big Unit.

Bottom five

        1. Jim Bowden: The man can't stop himself. He opens his mouth and gets himself in trouble. The problem isn't what he said about Dr. Tim Kremchek. If he believed it, he should have said it to Kremchek — not to Gary Burbank on the radio.

        2. Dr. Tim Kremchek: “Misdiagnosed” is the wrong word. But shouldn't he have known Junior was going to be out two months instead of a week?

        3. The Expos: They fire Felipe Alou. Alou has been the only thing keeping that franchise afloat through the lean times. Too bad this didn't happen last year. The Red might have been able to hire Alou, although that may be wishful thinking with their propensity for squeezing every dollar out of the budget.

        4. The Spurs: Nice effort. The Lakers could have prepared better for the NBA Finals with a series of intrasquad scrimmages.

        5. Pete Sampras: We want to know why the greatest player ever couldn't beat Bobby Riggs at the French Open. Sampras bowed out in the second round to a man named Galo Blanco. Sampras lost in the first round last year. At 29, his French chances are dwindling.

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