Posted: Thursday December 7, 2006 10:16AM; Updated: Thursday December 7, 2006 10:16AM
Phillies advisor Dallas Green says it's time for Pat Burrell to focus on baseball.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1. Quote of the day, from former Phillies manager Dallas Green: "It's neat to have money, it's neat to have good looks, and it's neat to have broads all over you." If it matters, Green was talking about the Phils' struggling slugger, Pat Burrell, and suggesting that the fun-loving outfielder needs to "get his act together." We just didn't know you were still allowed to say "broads."
2. Barry Bonds showed up at baseball's winter meetings in Disney World on Wednesday to jump-start contract talks. Alas, the huge-headed slugger was mobbed by kids who assumed he was a Disney character.
3. Terrell Owens hosted a birthday party on Monday in Los Angeles. Guests especially enjoyed the party favors of primo painkillers.
4. Packers quarterback Brett Favre says he will probably need ankle surgery after the season. The noted tough guy plans to perform the operation with his teeth.
5. Rutgers fans hoping to watch the Texas Bowl may be out of luck because the NFL Network isn't carried on two cable systems that serve much of New Jersey. The school is setting up a special viewing for all 27 fans who actually watched the team before this year.
6. Sports idiom watch: We realize that the origin of some sports phrases are mysterious (thus our Ask the 10 Spot feature), but that doesn't mean they should just be tossed around willy-nilly. Our old friendAaron Sorkin is the latest guilty party in misusing a sports idiom. In last week's Studio 60 (sorry, I'm a little behind on my TiVo backlog), Matthew Perry's character compliments a sketch by calling it a "solid double up the middle." Huh? Who's playing center, Lonnie Smith? Maybe the sketch was a solid "single" up the middle. Or if it was funnier, perhaps a double down the line. But come on, Aaron, there's no such expression as a "solid double up the middle." To show that I'm not just a scold, though, this week's Studio 60 with the band from New Orleans was perhaps the best episode yet.
7. A Texas woman is accused of trying to extort $2 million from Packers legend Bart Starr, alleging that they had an encounter in 1960. Apparently she first tried to shake down Sammy Baugh.
8. Jim Mora Sr. has quit his radio show after his on-air criticism of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who is coached by his son. Vick must have pointed out the error of Mora Sr.'s ways -- though presumably not with his index finger.
9. Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi filmed a cameo on Tuesday as a cabbie for the upcoming ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning. Here's hoping he did well. We'd hate for Giambi to have to apologize for something else.
10. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was inducted on Tuesday into the College Football Hall of Fame. Now FSU fans are bemoaning that this Hall doesn't demand inductees be retired for five years.