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Come on down

By TOM JONES
Published June 30, 2007


Come on down

The Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that the producers of The Price is Right have contacted ESPN's Dan Patrick as a possible replacement for Bob Barker, who just retired after 35 years. Patrick's comment to the Daily News? "Len Barker was always one of my favorite pitchers."

 

Interesting tidbit of the day

The Orlando Sentinel ran a story Friday saying Orange County leaders will be asked to consider a plan for a new sports complex that will hold a new basketball arena for the Magic, a Grand Prix-style race track and (cue scary music) a baseball stadium with a retractable roof. However, the story went on to say "the proposal is merely a concept and seems to have little chance of being built, at least anytime soon."

Power rankings

Who's hot this week in the world of sports:

1. Greg Oden, above. Finally, Ohio State finishes ahead of Gators as Buckeyes big man is first player taken in NBA draft.

2. The Gators. Ah, but the Gators become first school to have three players taken in the top 10 of draft. Take that, Ohio State.

3. Frank Thomas. Big Hurt becomes 21st big-leaguer to hit 500 homers.

4. Craig Biggio. I like Craig Biggio, but isn't it hard to believe he is now in the 3, 000-hit club?

5. NHL Hall of Famers. Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, Scott Stevens and Mark Messier make up one of strongest classes ever.

6. U.S. national basketball team. Gets great news when LeBron James decides to join the team for next month's Olympic qualifier.

7. American League. Once again, the better league during interleague play, beating up the National League by going 137-115.

8. Juan Pablo Montoya. Wins first Nextel Cup race in his 17th start.

9. Tampa Bay Storm. Another season. Another postseason berth.

10. Edwin Jackson. Hey, Devil Rays pitcher gets his name back - EdWIN.

 

Who's not hot this week in the world of sports:

1. ESPN. Two more guys in a suit for sexual harassment. Boy, there must be really nothing better to do in Bristol, Conn.

2. New York Yankees. Just as they righted the ship, they've slipped off course again.

3. Curt Schilling, above. Red Sox pitcher out with injury at least through All-Star break.

4. Shea Hillenbrand. Angels DH asks for release and gets it. He just spreads sunshine wherever he goes.

5. NHL Hall of Fame snubs. Class so strong that deserving candidates Igor Larionov, Adam Oates and Claude Lemieux did not make it.

6. James Shields. Losing streak of this Rays pitcher reaches three.

7. Scott Kazmir. Rays pitcher hasn't looked like an ace all season.

8. "Tank" Johnson. If he gets his career back on track, it won't be with the Bears.

9. American men's tennis players. Only Andy Roddick is left at Wimbledon and we're not even through the first week.

10. U.S. men's soccer team. After 4-1 loss to Argentina in Copa America opener, I was going to name the goalkeeper's name ... but I don't know what it is.