Page Six made front page news for supposedly shaking down a billionaire for protection in The Post. Rest assured, our conscience is clear. No amount of moolah or power will buy you a spot on the Hot or off the Not list -- as the Veep finds out this week. In other news that's fit to print, David Lee falls victim to the Gator bait-and-switch and they're chanting "Roll Tide" at the championships of Rocks, Paper, Scissor -- Dick, we didn't say Shoot.
HOT: A.J. Pierzynski
The Florida bandwagon took the form of a limo the day after the Gators' championship win. White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski rode the stretch back from Indy to the Windy City in time to receive his World Series ring before his game on Tuesday. Pierzynski, who's been known to get out of his crouch to do the Gators chop when former UF players come up to bat, clapped his arms as he received his ring and had the Gators' fight song played when he went to bat in the second inning.
NOT: David Lee
Knicks forward and former Florida Gator, David Lee, who once said what he missed most about college was falling asleep in class while reading SI On Campus, wondered if he was being baited when coach Larry Brown encouraged him to miss practice and attend the NCAA championship game in Indianapolis. ''I thought it was a setup,'' said Lee. "I don't want to make him think less of me for leaving." Lee, who averages 16 minutes a game, ended up attending the game and rode the pine for the entire first half of his first game back with the Knicks.
HOT: Alabama Rock, Paper, Scissors
Julianna Vaughn, a sophomore at Alabama, outlasted 81 other students to win $5,000 and the Rocks, Paper, Scissors collegiate title last Thursday at Madison Square Garden. "It's weird," Vaughn told the Birmingham News, "but these people really take it seriously. I was just like, `I'll throw and compete, but I really want to go shopping right now.'"
NOT: Dick Cheney
The U.S. Military Academy rifle team was one of 12 NCAA winter champions to visit the White House last Thursday to meet with the Prez. Said George W. to the sharpshooters: "[If you] happen to walking around and run into the vice president, you might give him a few pointers."