Let’s tip out hat to Manu Ginóbili, who announced his retirement Monday after 16 years with the San Antonio Spurs. Manu’s career included four NBA titles, an Olympic gold medal with his native Argentina, a Sixth Man award, and an Euroleague title before he came to America. Even without his international career Manu would be a serious candidate for the Hall of Fame. With it, he’s a shoo-in. His presence in San Antonio will be missed, and marks the end of the era that began when he arrived in 2002 and joined Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. The Spurs will no doubt endure, but it will not be the same.
- Odell Beckham Jr. breaks the bank. (I just hope that is the only thing that breaks.)
- José Mourinho melts down. Is the end near for his run with Man U?
- Maybe the Red Sox aren’t going to run away with the East?
- Coming Black Friday: Tiger vs Phil on PPV.
- And college football season starts for real. And, given all the scandals off the field, it might be good to talk about what’s going on the field for a while.
As ever, all topics welcome.