*The pre-season college football rankings of the Associated Press have USF in the top 35. That’s higher than Notre Dame. Who ever would have thought?
*Devil Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will make the official call regarding manager Joe Maddon’s status next month. It’s expected that Maddon, a refreshingly nice guy whose team has the worst record in baseball, will be retained. Here’s Sternberg’s rationale: “Joe has done everything that we’ve asked, and as long as we’re continuing to progress and change and we’re on the same page, everything’s fine.”
Putting aside meaningful definitions of “progress,” “change,” “fine” and exactly what that “page” is, here’s a question: Do you think, perhaps, you didn’t ask enough of Joe?