? Randy Moss can be as tough on interviewers (he's notoriously surly with the media) as he is on cornerbacks (or traffic control officers, for that matter), so give ESPN's Andrea Kramer credit for her sit-down with the Vikings' wild child following his arrest last week. Kramer mixed tough questions ("Are you violent?" "Can you understand how it appears that you bring some of it on yourself?") with some softer stuff ("What else would you like people to know that might change an opinion?"), allowing a teary-eyed Moss to explain his actions, albeit unconvincingly. Fine work.
?Here's a news flash: Charles Barkley loves the sound of his own voice. So much so that the TNT basketball analyst is expanding his TV act to include cohosting a half-hour interview show every Thursday before the network's doubleheader coverage of NBA basketball. Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson will have Barkley and Johnson interviewing newsmakers and celebrities and discussing the issues of the day. Says Barkley, "We want to reach a compromise between serious and funny." Among the guests on Barkley's wish list: Bill Clinton, Martha Burk and Hootie Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, and Dr. Phil, the ubiquitous Oprah-lovin' psychologist whom TNT is looking to land for the debut show on Oct. 31.
?Add ESPN's Stacy Paetz to the growing list of ineffectual sideline reporters. Following Auburn's triple OT win over Syracuse last Saturday on ESPN2, Paetz opened her interview with Tigers running back Carnell (Cadillac) Williams thusly: "Cadillac, buddy, what a great game for you. Talk about three overtimes, buddy, you must be tired." Yo, Stacy, buddy, you gotta do better than that.