? "General Petraeus, I order you to install the 46 defense."
? Chief of Staff: William (the Refrigerator) Perry.
? "All my Supreme Court picks for Ricky Williams. Final offer."
There will be something extra to talk about at this year's Army-Navy game: how the service branches handle top athletes. This spring we heard about safety Caleb Campbell, the West Point grad and Detroit Lions draft pick who will avoid overseas deployment if he sticks in the NFL. (The Army would use him as a recruiter instead.) Now comes a flip version of the story—pitcher Mitch Harris, a Naval Academy grad, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals but has been told by the Navy that he must serve his required five years. Harris would love to play baseball, but when I asked if he was proud of the Navy's priorities, he said, "Definitely. When your nation is at war, it's not something that's debatable."
Buying into Cubanomics
Mark cuban has been taking some heat for saying that he would prefer that Mavericks players Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd (right) sit out the Olympics—if they get hurt, he's the one stuck with their guaranteed contracts. "What I don't like is that we lie to ourselves and pretend it's about patriotism," Cuban told The Dallas Morning News. "It's not. It's about money." Unfortunately, he's right. This is about displaying sneaker logos in the China market and on a global stage. I wouldn't want my NBA team jeopardized for that either.
THE FINE PRINT: The Mets fired Willie Randolph and replaced him with Jerry Manuel, who will finish out the season. Then Conan O'Brien will take over in 2009.
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