Ups and Downs Featured

9:45am EDT July 22, 2002
(Ups) to athletes who give back during the holiday season. Cavaliers forward Shawn Kemp, Browns quarterback Ty Detmer and Indians first baseman Jim Thome and pitcher Steve Karsay are among the many Cleveland athletes who entertained children and passed out toys for those less fortunate last year. They give real meaning to the term “role model.”

(Downs) to Goodyear for changing the name of its blimp from “The Spirit of Akron” to “The Spirit of Goodyear.” While the move may be designed to raise corporate awareness, it’s a slap in the face to the city that’s supported the company for more than 100 years.

(Ups) to Y2K consultants, who raked in the dough by the truckload while making the changeover from 1999 to 2000 occur with little fanfare. People may grumble that Y2K was nothing more than media hype, but for those who spent countless hours rewriting code and handling mediation duties, it was a not only a job well done, but the creation of a microindustry that helped drive the economy the past two years.

(Downs) to the battle over which TV stations — and cable companies — will show the Fox network and which won’t. While they quibble over extended agreements and whether to show the Ohio News Network, the real losers in this fight are consumers, who are sure to rebel. Conspiracy talk begins for all those “X-Files” followers.

(Downs) to OSHA for ruling that companies that allow employees to work from home are responsible for federal health and safety violations that occur at the home work site. The decision, which affects nearly 20 million Americans, is a major blow against the growing telecommuting practice that makes employees’ lives easier without sacrificing productivity. What’s next for employers? Mandates to ensure employees’ cars and diets don’t put them at risk?