Talking Points: Time to honor doctor



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


One of baseball’s unsung heroes will be honored this summer by the Hall of Fame.

In 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe pioneered what now is known as Tommy John surgery. That’s because John was the guinea pig, er, um, patient who had a tendon from his non-throwing wrist grafted to replace a damaged ulnar ligament on his throwing arm. The procedure saved John’s career, although we still think it should be called Frank Jobe surgery.

Since then, more than 500 major leaguers have undergone the surgery, and many of them have had their careers saved by it. For that, Jobe will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend. It will be nice to see the Hall of Fame and medical enhancements be discussed in a positive light for a change.


Bill Walton received much attention for his commentary during the Pac-12 tournament. Among his diatribes, which ranged from insightful to absurb, our favorite took aim at what passes for basketball’s offensive strategy these days:

“I love guys that shoot without dribbling. When I watch basketball, I say, ‘What has happened to this game?’ All it is is these little guys dribbling incessantly, aimlessly, without purpose, only to draw attention to themselves. Please save us.”

Preach on, big man! Preach on!

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