Sad news, sports and a pop culture tidbit…

On Dancing With The Stars, Helio Castroneves, a former winner and current Indy series racing champion was eliminated last night along with Drew Lachey (brother of Nick).  Helio is a former DWTS champion??? Where were all the Indy car nation fans?? Not voting apparently.  Say it is not so…

Sad news..Alex Karras, former standout NFL defensive lineman with Detroit Lions and later an actor, passed away yesterday from complications from dementia.  He was one of 3,500 NFL players suing the NFL regarding it’s treatment of head injuries.

NBA news…Is Kobe hinting at retiring after the 2012-13 season??  He has been in the league for 17 grueling seasons and at 34, he is in fact an “old” 34 since he came right out of high school into the NBA.  He has played a number of seasons with some nagging injuries, has had a number of treatments on his knees and indicates it is hard to imagine the amount of work it would take for him to keep himself in peak performance condition for several more seasons.  Will be interesting to see how things play out this year.  I think it will depend somewhat on whether the Lakers can win the NBA Championship and Kobe get ring number six with the addition of Dwight Howard.  P.S.  This is Kobe’s team!!

Georgia Tech has announced that Charles Kelly, who was previously in charge of the defensive secondary, will in fact be the interim defensive coordinator, replacing Al Groh who was fired earlier this week.  The secondary has been one of the few strengths of the GT defense.  Moreover, he is regarded as an excellent recruiter.  Three winnable games are on the schedule after having this weekend off.  Don’t know if he will be candidate for permanent replacement, however.

Eleven of Lance Armstrong’s former competitors have testified against him in the alleged doping investigation.  His representative calls it a “witch hunt”.  Um…you be the judge (no pun intended).

In Shanghai Masters event, Federer, Djokovic and Murray all advance (with Murray advancing in a walk over).  Federer will face his friend and countryman Wawrinka tomorrow.  A lot of great pro Fed signs are always in the crowd when he is in action.  One of my personal favorites:  “Shh..Quiet!  Genius at Work!!”

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