DP: When you're just waiting to be picked, here's what I'd do. I'd bring a book to read, something that makes it seem like you're really, really smart. You know, something by Shakespeare.
MR: That's what I was thinking. Hamlet or something.
DP: That just says, "You know what, I'm a well-rounded guy. I'm not.... Oh, did they pick my name? O.K., all right." I just don't want you sweating any more than you're already going to be.
MR: I appreciate you looking out for me.
Goodbye to All That
NO POSSE, no parties, no champagne. Here's how Chris Webber celebrated his retirement from basketball last Wednesday: "I went and had a beer at a bar by myself, and watched TV a little bit there, and then just came home, and that's about it. I was sitting there thinking about some good times I had in the NBA." His final season wasn't much: nine games with Golden State that only served to confirm his knees couldn't go anymore. How fitting that Webber retire in the middle of the NCAA tournament. Even though he was a five-time NBA All-Star, he made his most lasting impressions in college: as the lead singer of Michigan's Fab Five, the kids with the baggy shorts who changed the culture of college basketball and, of course, as the caller of that infamous timeout (right) in the 1993 title game. On my show, the day after his announcement, Webber seemed at peace with the enduring fame of the mistake he made as a 20-year-old. The future is what's trickier. Webber, 35, said he felt "kind of numb" about his career ending, and plans to talk to other players about adjusting to life after basketball. He has businesses and his foundation to keep him busy but admits to "a little bit of fear that you're not doing something you've been doing your whole life." I'm impressed when an athlete is aware of his limitations and can be honest about them. This time Chris Webber didn't call the timeout. Life did.
Beyond Bartman and the Billy Goat
More Reasons the Cubs Haven't Won a World Series Since 1908
1. 100 years of bad umpiring.
2. Steve Garvey's refusal to go out as a Dodger.
3. Despite pleas from Sammy Sosa, Mickey Morandini refused to cork his bat.