■ Ex-Georgia athletic director Damon Evans is the example of a smart person doing an incredibly dumb thing.
Besides his vehicle companion's red panties being found in his lap, and Evans allegedly trying to use his position to gain favor with the arresting officer, Evans' DUI charge came just 25 minutes before a new $110,000 raise was supposed to kick in, bringing his salary to $550,000 per year.
■ After employing the first African-American AD in the Southeastern Conference, Georgia might soon employ the first female athletic director. Assistant AD Carla Williams, a former Georgia basketball player, is considered a leading candidate to replace Evans.
■ Vote Votto. Vote often. Was Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel really taking care of his own by picking Ryan Howard (.296, 15 homers, 59 RBI) for the All-Star team over the Reds' Joey Votto (.318, 21, 59), or were the Phils trying to justify Howard's $125 million contract?
■ Speaking of the Reds, I'm not for surrendering the farm system to rent Cliff Lee for the second half. Cincinnati's surprise pitching depth is one of its strengths.
■ Smart move by Joker Phillips to bring back ex-UK assistant Greg Nord, who boasts a ton of state recruiting connections. Many of those connections are in the 'Ville, where Nord spent 15 years as a U of L assistant.
■ By 4 p.m. Tuesday, LeBron James' supposed new Twitter account (@kingjames) had 84,000 followers and not a single tweet. Kind of like his career. Lots of points, no titles.
■ See that Southern Cal defensive end Malik Jackson is transferring to Tennessee. Since the Trojans are on probation, Jackson will be eligible immediately. Guess after one year of having a USC coach, the Vols have decided it's better to have USC players.
■ So Daniel Orton was lousy, and ejected, in his first NBA summer league game. He has nowhere to go but up.
■ As a friend said, at least Orton's ejection came from a scuffle with an ex-Duke player, Josh McRoberts.
■ At least Orton got to play for his summer league team. Ex-Tennessee center Wayne Chism was cut from the Nets' squad.
■ Here's a leftover from my Sunday column on ex-UK associate athletics director Scott Stricklin, who now sits in the big chair in Starkville. Talking about Mitch Barnhart, Stricklin said that the UK AD would deliberate on some decisions, but often would make a quick choice. And Stricklin said he was often surprised how good the quick decisions turned out to be.
His example was the 2005 football season. UK had just lost to Auburn to go 2-6. The next night, Stricklin received a call at home from Barnhart, who wanted to schedule a Monday news conference to announce that Coach Rich Brooks would return in 2006. Stricklin argued that Barnhart would be better served to wait until the end of the year. Barnhart said he had made his decision, and wanted to announce it.
The next week, UK beat Vanderbilt in Nashville. The next year, the Cats earned a bid to the Music City Bowl. The following year, Kentucky upset No. 1 and eventual national champ LSU, and even crept inside the AP Top 25.
■ Need more young power hitters at Applebee's Park. Houston Astros, parent club to our Lexington Legends, are last in the majors with just 48 home runs.
■ Football lost a true innovator last week when ex-Chargers coach Don Coryell passed away at 85. Air Coryell never won a title, or reached a Super Bowl, but influenced many a passing game.