Tom Sorensen

Short takes: On Dave Gettleman, college baseball, Steve Spurrier and TV’s best shows

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and says the prognosis for his recovery is “positive.”
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and says the prognosis for his recovery is “positive.” AP

Terrible news that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is being treated for lymphoma. Gettleman, for four years the Carolina Panthers’ general manager, made the Panthers a better team.

I don’t know how many of you spent time with him, but those of you who did know don’t need to be told he’s a good man.

I think of sitting in his back yard, drinking a beer, talking. Like Marty Hurney, who preceded and followed Gettleman as general manager, and like Carolina coach Ron Rivera, and like former Charlotte Hornets’ coach Steve Clifford there’s no pretense with Gettleman.

Some general managers and coaches believe that because their jobs are special, they are, too. Gettleman is not that kind of guy. Man, do I wish him well. …

▪  I don’t follow college baseball except in the NCAA tournament. I know college basketball and football players. College baseball players I don’t know.

But the College World Series remains an event I truly enjoyed. Omaha, Neb., which has hosted it since 1950, treats the series as if it is college basketball’s Final Four. The city embraces and appreciates teams, players and visitors.

If your team gets in, and you can afford to join it, go. One restaurant tip: Order the steak. Omaha has about 410,000 residents and four vegetarians. ...

▪  Heard football Steve Spurrier, the former football coach at Florida, Duke, in the NFL with Washington, and South Carolina, Tuesday morning on WFNZ. No coach of any sport criticized me as consistently as Spurrier did. Few were as entertaining doing it. Spurrier, 73, will coach the Orlando team in the new Alliance of American Football. He’ll win. …

▪  TV show break: I can’t remember the last time I was hung up on three shows simultaneously. Bosch, on Amazon, is superb. Amazon’s Goliath is outstanding. And Showtime’s Ray Donovan, which I feared had ended, will be back. TV life is good. …

▪  Boxing needs a schedule. Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, who fought to a draw last year, need to fight again. Alvarez flunked two drug tests, which postponed their second fight, scheduled for last month.

But Alvarez has enrolled in a respected drug-testing program. Work the money out and get in the ring. I thought Golovkin won the first fight, albeit by a close decision. The fight was supposed to be great. It was better.

The longer the fight is delayed, the more Alvarez gains. He’s 27. Golovkin is 9 years older.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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