Posted: Tuesday February 22, 2005 9:55AM; Updated: Tuesday February 22, 2005 11:00AM
If you pay him enough money, Jose might just sell you the shirt off his back.
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1. A number of athletes and celebrities got some unwanted calls over the weekend after somebody got hold of Paris Hilton's Sidekick II and posted her address book on the Internet late Saturday night. Paris' sports ties lean toward tennis, with entries for Andy Roddick, rumored paramour Mark Philippoussis and Anna Kournikova. The NBA is represented by Kings co-owner George Maloof. Toss in the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen (but no Mary-Kate), Pam Anderson, Avril Lavigne and Eminem, and some drunk dialers likely had way too much fun this holiday weekend. We'd provide a link to the numbers if it didn't strike us as vaguely cruel and also pointless, since they've surely been changed by now. For the truly curious, though, there's always Google.
2. An evidently cash-strapped Jose Canseco is offering a number of items for sale on his Web site. An autographed copy of his new book Juiced goes for $58, a signed White Sox game jersey for $749.95 and his 2000 Yankees World Series ring can be yours for $40,000. For the budget-conscious fan, Canseco's self-respect is available for just $19.95.
3. Kobe Bryant had a tough All-Star Weekend. Bryant was the only player to hear boos during introductions, and then former teammate Shaquille O'Neal would not shake his hand before the opening tip. The lone good news for Bryant is that Barry Bonds reports to spring training Tuesday to challenge for the title of Most Disliked Superstar.
4. R&B star Usher will reportedly buy a minority stake in the Cavaliers as a partner of prospective owner Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans. Gilbert also called Usher's friend Lil' Jon to gauge his interest in purchasing a share, but hung up when the rapper repeatedly screamed, "What?!"
5. A last-ditch meeting in New York on Saturday failed to save the NHL season. Hopes were raised once again when news leaked that commissioner Gary Bettman had scheduled a Tuesday news conference, but sources say he only intends to announce that Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
6. Potential Vikings owner Reggie Fowler says he would want to keep talented but troublesome receiver Randy Moss rather than trade him. Fowler added that, as a fellow perennial Pro Bowler, he has great respect for Moss.
7. A group of 40 Canadian hockey players in northern Alberta broke the Guinness record for longest hockey match by playing for more than 200 hours from Friday, Feb. 11, through Monday afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your new Edmonton Oilers!
8. The Red Sox continue to take potshots at Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Over the weekend the Red Sox were unhappy that A-Rod called Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo "Brandon," though the two have competed against each other since high school. Like his teammates, of course, Arroyo prefers to be called an Idiot.
9. The ArizonaCardinals hoisted the largest portion of the retractable roof in their new stadium over the weekend in what the team called the largest single roof lift in North America. This is also the last time that the NFL's "Cardinals" and "raise the roof" will be used in the same sentence.
10. On Friday, the Mighty Ducks ran full-page ads in two California newspapers to address the cancellation of the NHL season. The move startled the team's fans, who had just assumed the Ducks were on a long road trip.