News broke Monday morning of the passing of former Lakers' owner Jerry Buss. 80 years old, Buss won 10 NBA championships and signed players from Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant. At the LA Times, Bill Plaschke writes of Buss' legacy: "It is a legacy of family, of success, of love for the city of Los Angeles, which loved Jerry Buss back and will miss him dearly."
With Buss' passing came talk of "winningest owner ever." RealClearSports investigated to find out just who is the real winningest owner of all time?
Josh Hamilton, after five years of stardom with the Texas Rangers, ripped Dallas from his new $125 million perch in Anaheim. Said the slugger, "there are true baseball fans [in Dallas-Fort Worth], but it's not a true baseball town." Hey, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who's really the spoiled one here?
With the NFL Combine coming up, things are starting to heat up for Manti Te'o, who is sure to be under pressure during interviews. Jim Corbett at USA Today writes that Te'o believes his draft stock is still solid. Other players in the spotlight, such as Geno Smith, Robert Woods, Le'Veon Bell, and others, can be evaluated for NFL success through comparisons. Says Bucky Brooks at NFL.com, it's Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, and Steven Jackson, respectively.
Notre Dame and Pitt trudged their way to a ridiculous 51-42 final score, with the Irish on top:
Also... the NHL's Anaheim Ducks won their fifth-straight with a 3-2 victory against Columbus.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. RealClearSports site editor Sam Chi ranks the 2013 NCAA football top 10. (1-4)
2. Owen Gibson at The Guardian found that Pistorius isn't quite the good guy he seemed to be (2-2)
3. John Feinstein at the Washington Post writes that realignment will soon turn the "Catholic Seven" into a dozen. (NA-1)
Monday's most-clicked tweet:
Maryland Upset Duke in More Than 1 Way ow.ly/hPbA6-- RealClearSports (@RealClearSports) February 18, 2013