If you're having a rough week, there's others out there having a worse go of it -- trust me.
I give you Rick Santorum, who suspended his presidential nomination campaign to attend to his hospitalized 3-year-old daughter. My little girl is 3. I can imagine the man's stomach is in a complete knot and it's a feeling I hope to never experience. Everyone, please put your political opinions aside and pray for Rick, his family and little Bella.
Bobby Petrino and Ozzie Guillen are also having pretty bad weeks, too. So maybe it's not so bad to be, oh, I dunno, Stan Van Gundy?
I've been meaning to blog about the Stan-Dwight Howard flap, and while getting sidetracked by the Masters (Bubba went down to Georgia, he was looking for some green to wear, he was in a bind, a tree he was behind, but he hooked it like wasn't there ...), I still feel the same way about it after sitting on my thoughts for a couple of days.
I don't think this thing was ever as fiery as most media has made it out to be. I don't think Dwight Howard ever said, "I want Stan fired." Those words got put in his mouth -- maybe even by Stan. I think he happened to be hanging around Orlando Magic hoity-toity types one day and in a conversation he said something like, "I'd be interested to see what our team concept would be like with a different coach."
And I get that. Dwight's played for the Magic since 2004. SVG has coached them since 2007. But if D-12 wants to keep painstaking maintaining a reputation of not being "the bad guy" in town, he best not be known for being the one responsible for running off a head coach. Penny Hardaway got that rap for running off Brian Hill about 13 years ago. Hill, like SVG, took the Magic to the NBA Finals.
It's a yucky story, but if you want some better news, check this space out later this evening. The Orlando Solar Bears will be unveiling their new jerseys tonight at a media event downtown hosted by Mayor Buddy Dyer. I hope to have some details from the event to report tonight.