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SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

May 27, 2008

  • Who would have thought that on Memorial Day, the Tampa Bay Rays would be tied for baseball's best record! Wow, it is incredible since the Rays have never finished at .500 in its history. Joe Maddon has done a super job and this team looks like it is for real.

  • No Tiger Woods at the Memorial, as he is still battling a knee problem. It is looking more and more like Tiger's return to the golf course will come at the U. S. Open, a difficult assignment indeed.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis and Boston Red Sox lefty Jon Lester have provided great inspiration to those battling cancer. Davis looked super in his return to the mound the other day. Lester threw a no-hitter and then disclosed his father is battling lymphoma. Usually it goes the other way around with the father being diagnosed first. The son can provide a lot of inspiration now in this war against the dreaded disease.

  • Big Brown is battling a foot problem. Could this be a dilemma in his attempt to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978? Trainer Rick Dutrow believes his horse will be ready to run at the Belmont. Time will tell if missed training workouts are a factor. It will be exciting at the Belmont.

  • Congratulations to Scott Dixon on winning the Indianapolis 500. The polesitter came through in a pretty wild race. Danica Patrick did not look happy when she was knocked out of the race.

  • The veteran Red Wings jumped off to an impressive 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. That's right, Detroit beat Sid the Kid, Sidney Crosby, an All-Rolls Royce performer on the ice, baby!

  • The NBA draft lottery is in the books and Chicago has the #1 choice, followed by Miami. To me, Derrick Rose should land with the Bulls, followed by Michael Beasley. Then the fun really starts.

  • Will we see a Celtics-Lakers final? Boston took a huge step by winning in Detroit on Saturday night. For the Pistons to make the final, they will need another win in Boston and getting one already was difficult enough. The Spurs made the Western Conference series more interesting with a win Sunday night at home.

  • Barry Zito finally broke into the W column after a 0-8 start for the Giants. The multi-million dollar pitcher beat the first-place Florida Marlins. Zito has pitched better lately.

    Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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