Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.
STOCK UP: A's, Clarett, Gagne, Gagne, Greenberg
The Oakland Athletics have been on fire lately, winning 12 straight games. Manager Art Howe deserves a long-term contract; he keeps getting a one-year extension. Cory Lidle has pitched 31 straight scoreless innings. ESPN's Peter Gammons said a while back that he thought Oakland could win it all, and he may be right. The starters -- with Lidle, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder -- might be the best rotation in baseball.
I was very impressed with Ohio State freshman running back Maurice Clarett. Watch out, Archie Griffin! Clarett rushed for 175 yards in a win over Texas Tech.
Closer Eric Gagne has had an outstanding season for the Dodgers. Where would they be without him? He has 44 saves in the team's 75 wins.
ESPN's Mike Greenberg gets stock up for his 6-4 win over his radio partner, Mike Golic, at the New Haven tennis showdown -- scrawn vs. brawn, baby!
STOCK DOWN: Kobe, Florida State football, Guy, Golic
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant should have decided to play for the U.S. team in the World Championship. What about the red, white and blue, baby!
Florida State's football team is considered by some to be a contender for the national championship. But coach Bobby Bowden's team was pushed to the limit by Iowa State. The Cyclones were less than two yards away from tying the game on the final play. The Seminoles better see improvement on defense if they're going to live up to expectations.
What about Scotland's William Guy at the Scottish PGA Championship? He ran out of balls on the seventh hole and was disqualified. How do you run out of balls so early in the round? He must have played like me!
Finally, that former star football player from Notre Dame, Mike Golic, lost to that geek from Northwestern, Mike Greenberg, on the tennis court. What happened, Golic?