Weekend Hot Reads....
The K.C. STAR's Kellis Robinett writes under the header, "Big 12 Football Facilities Always On The Grow." An "arms race is heating up across the conference, with programs looking to spend huge sums on stadium improvements." In the wake of Baylor's construction of a new $260M stadium, four other Big 12 schools will "break ground on massive projects." The race, "it seems, has no finish line."
The Portland OREGONIAN's John Canzano writes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's visit to Rex Hill Vineyards this weekend "fell somewhere between a whisper and a state secret." Popovich in '02 "became the largest outside investor in the outfit now known as 'A to Z Wineworks,'" owned in part by his friends Bill and Deb Hatcher. The winery has since created a pinot noir, called Rock & Hammer, specifically for Popovich, who has "started tasting and collecting."
- Attendance problems at the Brickyard 400 "mirror those of NASCAR."
- "One Downtown, Two Empires: Mike Ilitch And Dan Gilbert Reshape Detroit."
- Do taxpayers "get their money's worth" by helping to build sports stadiums?
- Pan Am Games organizers take notes on "riots, blackouts, transit snarls."
- "How RSE Ventures Is Revolutionizing Business As We Know It."