Lynn Swann was fired nearly a month ago but his decisions are in full view.
Two years ago, Swann fired women’s volleyball coach Mick Haley after he reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Well, here we are two years later and the women’s volleyball team is 7-5 and not even ranked in the top 25. It lost to UCLA last week.
When Jovan Vavic was arrested and then fired as water polo coach last March, Swann waited until two weeks before the season to simply announce he promoted assistant coach Marko Pintaric to head coach on Aug. 29.
The Trojans were ranked No. 1 to start the season but lost to UC Santa Barbara and Pacific and are ranked No. 5.
Now I don’t suggest for a second Swann decided who to hire. That would interfere with golf.
But he listened to his underlings and did not push…
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My lunch at El Ranchero today.
Thinking back to that 1988 World Series game one Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland A’s. I was 14 years old and a freshman in High School. I had gone to a wedding with my mom and we were at her friend’s house in Glendale after the reception. I didn’t really know anyone there, but we all had one thing in common, we were cheering for the Dodgers. Little did we know that we were witnessing a historic moment in sports. Thinking back, that 1988 Dodger team didn’t really have any superstars on it, take a look below.
The Game 1 starting lineup consisted of:
Second Base Steve Sax
First Base Franklin Stubbs
Left Field Mickey Hatcher
Right Field Mike Marshall
Center Field John Shelby
Catcher Mike Scioscia
Third Base Jeff Hamilton
, Short Stop Alfredo Griffin
Pitcher (Game One) Tim Belcher
The A’s were loaded with stars: Carney Lansford, Dave Henderson, Jose Canseco, Dave Parker, Mark McGwire, Terry Steinbach, Glenn Hubbard, Walt Weiss, and Dave Stewart and were the heavy favorites.
Kirk Gibson who was one most productive bats in the lineup during the year batted .290 with 25 HR and 76 RBI didn’t even start the game. Gibson wasn’t even dressed when the 9th inning began. He was getting treatment for his leg injury suffered in Game 5 vs. the NY Mets while sliding to break up a double play at second base.
How could this 1988 Dodger team possibly win? The A’s were a heavy favorite, but in the end, the Dodgers won it all in 5 games! Here are some of my favorite images from that series.
Who can forget Orel Hershiser’s scoreless inning streak in 1988? 59 consecutive innings without a run!
I feel like 29 years has been enough, its time to bring the World Series Championship back to Los Angeles.