Posted: Thursday June 8, 2006 10:02AM; Updated: Thursday June 8, 2006 1:48PM
Ronaldo's girlfriend, Raica Oliveira, broke hearts around the world this week.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1.Raica Oliveira, the model girlfriend of Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo, says that she will never pose nude. And people wonder why the sport can never quite catch on in America.
2. Journeyman reliever Jason Grimsley asked the Diamondbacks to waive him on Wednesday after news broke that federal agents raided his home looking for steroids and human growth hormone. The pitcher has declined to speak to reporters. Fans searching for answers will have to wait until ESPN's Grimsley on Grimsley.
3. Grimsley reportedly named a number of major leaguers who he believed also used illegal drugs. That figures to make Grimsley a baseball pariah. Few players have expressed anger toward Grimsley yet, but that's probably because they're so heavily sedated.
4. The Church of Scientology will sponsor a race car in one of NASCAR's minor leagues. Well, it will be good to see Cole Trickle back behind the wheel. Let's see if he can jump on the gas as well as he does a couch.
5. Gunston, we hardly knew ye: During George Mason's surprise run to the Final Four, we at the 10 Spot relished all things Patriot. That included the background of the admittedly odd mascot, Gunston, which we described as a "large, green, furry, Muppet-esque character who is inexplicably wearing a colonial-style hat." But it seems that Gunston -- named for the real-life George Mason's Virginia estate, Gunston Hall -- has been benched. While Gunston will continue to represent the school at youth functions, he will no longer be the Patriots' primary mascot. The school will convene a "mascot focus group" by the end of the month to propose a replacement. Said one school official, "It would be nice if a freshman could see him and go, 'Hey, that's our mascot' instead of going, 'What's that?'"
6. The woeful Royals made former University of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft on Tuesday. Hochevar says he's eager to begin his holdout as soon as possible.
7. Monday's Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals on OLN was watched by fewer U.S. viewers than the women's softball College World Series game the same night. If you're scoring at home, that's Ponytails 1, Playoff Beards 0.
8. Reader feedback: The crack in Tuesday's 10 Spot about the Steelers buying the Super Bowl refs gold whistles as part of their ring ceremony predictably brought vitriolic e-mails from ever-loyal Steelers fans. Scott of Springfield, Pa., wondered aloud whether I was a member of the Seahawks coaching staff. Kent of Pittsburgh intimated that defensive lineman Kimo Von Oelhoffen might take out my knee as he did to Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. Eric of Dayton, Ohio, at least used his asterisks creatively when he told me to "GET THE ***K OVER IT PETE." Craig ofPittsburgh, though, worked up the most angst, twice calling me "pathetic" before closing with a flourish: "You are an awful writer and sports journalist for printing this slander. BTW your articles suck and I normally avoid them but that filth you printed was on the Steelers message board where we have to deal with people that know little to nothing about football saying the same things you did, a.k.a. you don't know s***" (except Craig didn't use the asterisks). On the plus side, the links to the Steelers message board really jacked up our hits. Hopefully the new readers will stick around for our Jason Grimsley barbs.
9. New Jersey became the first state to institute a statewide steroid-testing policy for high school athletes on Wednesday. Indeed, it's never too early for aspiring athletes to learn how to beat drug tests.
10. Looking for a gift for a grad or a dad? May we suggest The Butterfly Hunter, the new book from SI's Chris Ballard, our NBA writer and resident deadeye long-range shooter. Actually, this tome is particularly well-suited to grads, since Chris tells the stories of 10 people who have both excelled and found meaning in unusual, obscure or otherwise unique callings. Among others, there's the elite mushroom finder, the voiceover king of Hollywood movie trailers, a world-class maker of prosthetic eyes and a mother-daughter team of handwriting analysts. There's only one sports story -- a man with cerebral palsy who has found an unlikely niche training NFL kickers -- but isn't there more to life than sports (and reality TV)? We also learn that Chris might have been the world's worst vacuum salesman, but the dust mites' gain is ours as well. And yes, I'm partially being so nice because I'm briefly mentioned in the acknowledgements.