Three Things to consider on this sports Tuesday:
Thing 1: My column in today's Sun Sentinel has already brought a lot of great feedback, not just from Orioles and Yankees fans but from anyone who has lost contact with an old friend.
Glenn Sparks, Associate Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, said his payment of a 34-dozen-doughnut debt to boyhood buddy Harold Thistle III carries larger meaning.
"I've reflected on this a bit, and there's a couple of things here," Sparks said. "I think for me this was a way of doing something very tangible that made a statement about the fact time and distance has not really taken away what was a very good and close friendship in our high school days.
"Even though we moved away and lost contact with each other for many years, Facebook was an important player in it and technology allowed us to reconnect in a way we never could have done in a different era. Still, that Facebook connection was not as tangible as this was. Having those doughnuts delivered, it gave us something significant that really said, 'Hey, we still have that friendship we had in high school.' "
When Sparks told the story to his 28-year-old daughter Jordan, a graduate student in clinical psychology, the two cried a bit together.
"When I saw her with tears in her eyes, it kind of reminded me, 'This is special. This is emotional,' " Sparks said. "I just thought, 'Man, a silly moment in high school about a sports wager turns into something 40-some years later, spreading warmth all around.' "
Well, warmth and doughnuts.
Thing 2: Surprised to see Boca Raton's Jozy Altidore dropped from the U.S. National Team as it prepares for another round of World Cup qualifiers.
Altidore has been tearing it up with his Dutch club team (AZ Alkmaar), but goals have been hard to come by for him with the National team.
Jurgen Klinsmann is clearly trying to send a message, and Altidore, who doesn't turn 23 until next month, is smart enough to make the necessary changes.
Thing 3: Interesting to see Georgia Tech fire defensive coordinator Al Groh after the Yellow Jackets gave up 40-plus points in three straight games, including a loss to Miami.
Groh, you'll remember, is the longtime F.O.B. -- Friend of Bill (Parcells) -- who the Dolphins strongly considered to run their defense in 2010.
Mike Nolan, now with the Falcons, was hired instead.