Talking Points: Just say no



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


Whoa! Let’s stop this train before it starts rolling.

Bellevue High School won the Class 3A state football title Friday, its fifth consecutive championship. After the game, coach Butch Goncharoff suggested that the Wolverines are the best team in the country and would play anybody anywhere at any time.

That led to some calls for a national high school football championship. Let’s make this clear: Perhaps never before has a worse idea been brought forth.

When we reach a point where winning a state title is not the ultimate goal of high school athletes, then prep sports have completely lost their way.


While there has been much speculation over the current voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the presence of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa on the ballot, another discussion about the Hall must be held.

Why isn’t Marvin Miller in there? Miller was executive director of the major league players’ union from 1966 to 1982, an era that ushered in free agency and made salaries reflect the fact that fans pay to see players, not owners.

Miller, who died last week at the age of 95, was one of the most significant figures in the history of the sport. Considering that the Hall of Fame has a place for executives and pioneers of the game, he should have been inducted long ago.

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