July 10 Talking Points

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Talking Points

What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

1

Andre Agassi is not the best tennis player of all time, nor was he even the greatest of his generation — but it’s arguable that he had as much impact on his sport than any of his male contemporaries.

His famous slogan in Canon commercials was “Image is everything,” and he certainly redefined the image of tennis.

Agassi was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Saturday as one of just six players to complete the career Grand Slam.

But he did something the other five didn’t necessarily accomplish — he made tennis cool.

With his flowing locks and rebel persona, Agassi drew young viewers that the sport was previously unaccustomed to. Then, he redefined himself and morphed into a philanthropist who’s had more impact on child education than just about any other athlete.

The Hall of Fame, from a concrete standpoint, validates Agassi’s legacy. But he would have been long remembered, no matter what.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward became the latest high-profile athlete to be hit with a DUI on Saturday. We don’t know how intoxicated the former Super Bowl champion was, nor do we have any tangible details regarding the arrest.

Still, it is easy to ask: When are these multi-millionaires going to figure it out?

Blazers forward Gerald Wallace thinks that every NBA player should have his own personal assistant.

Maybe. But a better investment might be the four major professional sports leagues mandating that athletes get their own chauffeur for nights on the town. There is no excuse for anyone driving drunk, but this is particularly true for those who can so easily avoid it.