Ersan Ilyasova played 53 games for the 76ers. As Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox promised, the franchise has turned into a trade-deadline buyer. The Hawks completed a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday to acquire forward Ersan Ilyasova.
On its front page Wednesday, the nation’s largest newspaper by circulation said NASCAR’s problems “seem to have spun out of control.” “Long a Cultural Icon, NASCAR Hits the Skids,” reads the headline on the article in The Wall Street Journal. One of the article’s two writers, Tripp Mickle, graduated from Myers Park High in Charlotte. The article says NASCAR’s largely working class and white fan base is aging and was knocked harder by the recession than more-affluent fan bases of other major national sports. “There’s no magic pill for this one,” former NASCAR race team owner Ed Rensi told the Journal. “It’s about economics and demographics.” NASCAR also has suffered from a lack of stars, the article
Last week, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who works for the team and for a Dan Snyder-owned radio station, questioned on the air whether General Manager Scot McCloughan has been drinking. The team declined to comment. But declining to comment doesn’t make a story go away, and a column today in the Washington Post suggests that the team’s silence speaks volumes. Columnist Jerry Brewer suggests that Cooley’s speculation about McCloughan’s drinking may have been planted by the team in an effort to reduce McCloughan’s popularity. McCloughan has been open about his problems with alcohol in the past. For his employer to use that in an attempt to discredit him would be disturbing. That doesn’t