- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“It’s like that quote from ‘Dumb and Dumber’ — ‘So you’re telling me there’s a chance.’ That’s what we kept saying.” - Defender Jonathan Bornstein on the U.S. soccer team’s improbable semifinal berth in the Confederations Cup

TAKE YOUR PICK: WHICH IS A MORE SIGNIFICANT BASEBALL RECORD, REGULAR-SEASON WINS OR WORLD SERIES WINS?

Tony La Russa — On Sunday, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals reached the 2,500-win mark when his team defeated Kansas City 12-5. La Russa became only the third manager in major league history to reach the milestone, joining the illustrious company of Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). La Russa accomplished the task in just 31 seasons — faster than Mack and McGraw.

Casey Stengel — Best known for managing the New York Yankees for 12 seasons, Stengel won 37 World Series games with the team, the most all time. Stengel is the only manager to guide a team to five straight World Series victories. Winning on the big stage is a good indication of a manager’s aptitude in leading his team when it matters most.

Our take — Overall wins in a managing career is certainly a significant accomplishment, but from a historical perspective, World Series wins are more important. There are plenty of coaches in the four major sports who have racked up a sizeable number of regular-season wins but have never been successful at the championship level. To be truly remembered, a manager or coach has to win championships.

TWT FIVE TOP EARNING FEMALE ATHLETES AS OF 2008

1. Maria Sharapova, tennis $26 million

2. Serena Williams, tennis $14 million

3. Venus Williams, tennis $13 million

4. Justine Henin, tennis $12.5 million

5. Michelle Wie, golf $12 million

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