Stock Watch: FAST-GLANCE WEEK IN REVIEW
Jan. 5, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down...
STOCK UP: LSU, USC defenses play tough
|Nick Saban's LSU Tigers will face plenty of other talented teams in the SEC.|
LSU and USC's defense -- LSU's defense was sensational in its Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma. I can't say enough about the job Nick Saban did coaching the Tigers to a share of the national championship. Meanwhile, USC's defense was also impressive as the Trojans recorded nine sacks in their 28-14 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan.
Duke women's basketball -- The Blue Devils rallied from a 20-point deficit to shock Connecticut and snap UConn's 69-game home winning streak. Sophomore guard Jessica Foley hit the game winning shot on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Lute Olson -- Arizona coach Lute Olson, a basketball Hall of Famer, earned career victory No. 700 when the Wildcats beat Arizona State.
Peyton Manning --
Colts' QB Peyton Manning was brilliant in Indy's rout of Denver as he threw for 377 yards and five touchdowns. This victory was especially impressive after considering that the Colts lost 41-0 last year to the New York Jets in the playoffs. Manning is the total package of class personified on and off the field.
Carolina Panthers defense -- The Carolina Panthers defense was impressive in a win over the Cowboys. The Panthers only allowed 10 points and 204 total yards to the eighth-ranked offense in the NFC.
STOCK DOWN: Steve Spurrier quits
Steve Spurrier -- After finishing the season 5-11, Spurrier quit as coach of the Washington Redskins. I guess he realizes he's better off coaching in college.
Ell Roberson -- Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson caused a distraction by missing curfew prior to the Fiesta Bowl game and then struggled against Ohio State. The distraction and his poor play clearly affected his team.
Michigan State's men's basketball -- Michigan State's basketball team is 5-6 after playing a rough nonleague schedule. This team struggled against top-notch competition and coach Tom Izzo's team has to get it together for Big Ten play. Despite their early season issues, I still believe the Spartans will make a good run.
Golden State Warriors -- The Warriors have stumbled lately, losing five games in a row after starting the season 14-13.