This one dates back some time. The feud started, as these things often do, with a Tobacco Road rivalry. A fight at Michael Jordan's camp followed, as did an injury scare. But when J.J. Redick joined the Los Angeles Clippers in July to become Chris Paul's new backcourt mate ... well, both Redick and Paul knew it was finally time to end their dislike of each other. "We have actually had a chance to become real close, real quick," Paul told Yahoo Sports. "Who would have thought after the battles we had in college." Said Redick: "We connected right away." The rivalry between Paul and Redick began when they both played in the Atlantic Coast Conference at schools just a 90-minute drive from each other: Redick starred at Duke from 2002-06 and Paul was at Wake Forest from 2003-05. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
During his days as a Spanish-speaking minor leaguer in the Astros' organization, Luis Gonzalez would commute to work with his Ford Explorer full of Latin teammates. "I never drove to the stadium alone," Gonzalez laughed as he recalled the help he provided. The Cubs apparently are looking for someone to provide that assistance on the field. Three of the four publicized candidates for manager -- Manny Acta, Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez -- are fluent in Spanish. That doesn't necessarily eliminate A.J. Hinch, but the Cubs are expected to have more of a Spanish-speaking influence on their staff in a strong effort to deliver a clear message in aiding the likes of their prized young Latin players, such as Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
For years, Bill Belichick has had the easy choice in throwing Tom Brady at the Jets, while Gang Green has countered without an elite quarterback in the prime of his career. Geno Smith believes in his heart he will change all that. Believes in his heart Belichick and everybody else better get him now before he grows up. Nothing that has happened on his humbling journey through the NFL has shaken his belief he will one day be the elite quarterback the Jets have lusted for since Joe Namath, since forever. I asked Smith Wednesday: Do you really believe in your heart you will be an elite quarterback? "Yes," he replied. Why? What tells you that? "Simply because of my work ethic," he said. "As far as the physical standpoint, talent, I've competed with every single guy out there and I know where I stand." (New York Post) Comment
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Brian Wilson celebrates during the eighth inning of yesterday's Dodgers-Cardinals LCS game. Los Angeles won 6-4 but still trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. (Harry How/Getty Images)
New York radio legend Mike Francesa with an epic rant about NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' theme song.