Each week I'll talk about the world of sports:
• The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have made their move recently and now both have shown they can make a legitimate second half push to win their respective divisions. The Mets had too much talent to struggle early. I know Phillies fans will question that and Ryan Howard has been on fire with the power display. In Tampa, the Rays have been a great story but a recent lack of offense overall has been a negative. Joe Maddon is the Manager of the Year as Tampa Bay is well on its way to its first winning season in franchise history. It has been excitement galore down at Tropicana Field this season.
• I was thrilled to see Evan Longoria added to the All-Star game roster as well as the Home Run Derby. This young man has done an incredible job since being recalled from the minors. Imagine that ... he missed the first month of the season and he has still put up amazing numbers. He is my choice for A.L. Rookie of the Year so far.
• The Brett Favre saga continues to grab headlines. It is a tough situation for the Packers as the team's icon wants to come back now, and it seems like Green Bay management wants to move forward and give Aaron Rodgers his chance to start. I can understand why the Packers would not to give Favre his outright release. Imagine if he went to Minnesota or Chicago and the Packers had to face him twice a year? Favre is so popular in Green Bay that this publicity has led to a major dilemma. Stay tuned as the soap opera continues.
• I recently attended an Orioles-Red Sox game at Fenway. I figured I had a night off from talking hoops. So guess who sat right behind me? Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun. We spent the night chatting about the sport we both love, and I can tell you he is excited about his Huskies this season. Hasheem Thabeet has been working hard, A.J. Price is getting ready. The Big East is going to be a bear with Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Villanova, Georgetown and Syracuse battling Connecticut ... Wow!
• I have said many times that in life, decision-making is so important. It was a sad week as Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller was suspended five games for violating the NBA's drug policy. Then there was Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones arrested on a felony drug charge. These athletes have to know right from wrong and when they make poor decisions, it affects their future.
• It was also a tough week with the passing of Yankee great Bobby Murcer and former Press Secretary Tony Snow. Murcer was not only a great player but he did a super job in the broadcast booth. Both men were well respected and they left us way too early because of the dreaded disease of cancer. When I hear news like this, it makes me want to fight even harder against cancer. If you want to help in this battle, call 1-800-4-JIMMYV and help us.
• What a year for race car driver Kyle Busch! He has won seven NASCAR Sprint Cup races as he dominates the point standings. That is very, very impressive my friends. Speaking of impressive, what about the big bucks Tony Stewart is getting to switch teams. He is going to be a part-owner of his race team.