Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week, they discuss the Marlins and Adam Greenberg, the departure of Rowing Canada coach Mike Spracklen, Martin Kaymer and the Ryder Cup, and the 10th anniversary of The Reporters.
Bruce Arthur, National Post: As much as I hate to give Jeffrey Loria even partial credit for anything, my thumb is up to Adam Greenberg, who was briefly a member of Loria's Miami Marlins. Greenberg was a fringe Cubs prospect who was called up in 2005, and in his lone major-league at-bat, he got beaned. He was like Moonlight Graham, if Moonlight Graham wound up with severe post-concussion symptoms and a long road through baseball's minor-league mazes instead of medical school. Well, Greenberg wound up in Miami's system, and was given a single at-bat in the second-last game of the season. He faced Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, and he struck out, sure. But he got his chance. Sometimes that's all you can ask for.
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is down to Rowing Canada, for choosing to part ways with the long time national coach Mike Spracklen. All Spracklen has done over the years is what we expect from the best of our Olympic coaches: the man develops medal winning athletes. The men's eight teams. Silken Laumann. The list is long and impressive. Rowing has been something of a Canadian staple at most Summer Olympic Games unlike almost any other sport you can think of. And Spracklen is crusty, in a Scotty Bowman kind of way. It wasn't a lot of fun playing for Bowman, but the end result was. It's been the same with Mike Spracklen. A whole lot of people don't care for him or his methods but all he did was win.
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is up to Martin Kaymer, whose putt capped Europe's historic comeback in the interactive phenomenon known as the Ryder Cup. It was a simple putt, really. Five feet, uphill, inside right. Simple, as long as Kaymer could shove everything else into a box: the pressure, the rabid pro-American crowd at Medinah and, yes, the ghosts of Kiawah Island where 21 years earlier his German compatriot, Bernhard Langer, had missed a putt of similar length to hand the cup to the U.S. Kaymer's putt was perfect, as was the ending of a biennial event that is on the cusp of eclipsing the majors as the must-see golf event.
Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is up to our 10th anniversary here at TSN The Reporters, and as promised earlier, we hereby present proof that we went on the air 10 years and one day ago. Click here to see the original animated opening, ghastly as it was for too long, and then my first thumb up - which following Michael's thumb just now, surely proves that what goes around, comes around.