Posted: Thursday March 29, 2007 10:17AM; Updated: Thursday March 29, 2007 10:17AM
1. Former soccer star Mia Hamm, the wife of the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra, gave birth to twin girls on Tuesday night. Hamm and the girls came through the delivery great, but Nomar will miss a week with sympathy labor pains.
2. LeBron James' new house will include a theater, bowling alley, casino and barber shop. The 35,000-square-foot mansion will be featured in the next issue of Better Homes and Strip Malls.
3. As someone who at least attempts to riff off the sports news every day, I can become as frustrated as any jaded fan by the occasional sameness of the headlines. In other words, sometimes it seems that each dawn provides a new story about T.O. or Barry Bonds that's all but identical to the last one. That's one big reason to like LeBron. Yes, King James is all over the headlines, but the guy really mixes it up. Consider that in just the last week, LeBron has made the news for: 1) his monstrosity of a new home; 2) having billionaire Warren Buffett sit courtside at a Cavs game as his guest and regale the press about their unlikely friendship; 3) buying an ownership stake of bike-maker Cannondale; 4) miffing league officials by allowing his 2-year-old son to sit in the team bench area late in a Cavs blowout victory. That's some impressive versatility.
4. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Pacman Jones sometime in the next 10 days about Pacman's many scrapes with the law, including a Feb. 19 shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. The meeting has been held up to find a conference room large enough to accommodate Pacman's posse.
5. The NFL has voted to make instant replay permanent. Fortunately for the players, though, the cameras will follow them only on the field and can't be used as evidence.
6. Romeo, my Romeo: I read with great interest Dave Krider's SI.com story about Romeo Miller, aka Lil' Romeo, aka Master P's son. Romeo is now a solid point guard as a 17-year-old junior at Beverly Hills High. That particularly intrigued me because in the summer of 2002, I interviewed Bow Wow (please, no "Lil'"), another pint-size rapper/actor who fancies himself a baller. Bow Wow was then 15 (he's three years older than Lil Romeo) and 5-foot-1, and he told me he would love to play Lil Romeo in a televised game. ("I'm so eager to play Lil Romeo that it's not even funny.") Bow Wow also told me, in all seriousness, that he would "destroy" Master P, who actually logged some time in the CBA. (When I mentioned this to Bow Wow, his retort was: "He wasn't there for long.")
Of course, back then Bow Wow was, shall we say, suffering from the delusions of the young and privileged. He had "played" one-on-one against a number of NBA stars while filming 2002's Like Mike and -- shocker! -- won every game. But Bow Wow genuinely seemed to believe that he had gotten the pros' best effort and emerged victorious because he was simply the better player, not that they had let the 15-year-old, 5-foot-1, star of the movie win. Anyway, judging by recent pics, Bow Wow (now 20) is all grown up. We'd love to get that Bow Wow-Lil Romeo game going now. Come on, there has to be an audience for this. Maybe an ESPN-MTV-BET co-production.
7. Former reliever Ugueth Urbina has been sentenced to 14 years in a Venezuelan jail for attempted murder. Ouch. That's a huge change from being a big leaguer. In prison, for instance, you don't want to be picked for anyone's fantasy team.
8. O.J. Mayo shot just 4 for 17 in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game and clanked a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds. Apparently Mayo's teammates were calling for the ball, but alas O.J. doesn't take calls.
9. Donald Trump's hair will be on the line in Sunday's WrestleMania 23. Trump will back a wrestler against one put forth by WWE head Vince McMahon, and whoever's guy loses will have his head shaved. Hey, I haven't followed professional wrestling for years, so please indulge a question. Doesn't The Donald's hair qualify as what they used to call a "foreign object"?
10. Kobe beef: Say what you want about Kobe Bryant, but just know that if it's negative, you'll hear from his fans. That's been my experience writing the 10 Spot, and Tuesday's leadoff crack on Kobe proved no exception. Shawn from Hawaii might have been the most upset with me: "You make me sick and I hope you contract herpes." I'm taking that as a thumb's-down. Though Jack from Boise seemed equally angry: "Do you know what LIBEL is ... I expect a retraction you [expletive] idiot ... SI should fire you." Chris from New York City was even pithier though somewhat less comprehensible, writing simply: "your and idiot and a hack." Still, my favorite diss came from Cody, who gave his hometown as "Planet Earth." Writes Cody: "Kobe Bryant is the BEST player in history. Knowing this truth, life must be very painful for you, huh? You can't give any damage him with this kind of pointless comments. You are pathetic!" Well, there's really no arguing with that, not even the parts I could understand.