JM: I hope not. Charlie was a classmate of mine and a friend. But it's a pretty important year for him. [Notre Dame] has a schedule that sets up nicely for them to win a lot of games, so everybody says.
DP: The Fighting Irish could be undefeated going into the USC game on Oct. 17.
JM: They could be, but you know how it is when people play a name team: Even when they're not [that] good, they end up being a lot better when they come into your stadium or you show up at theirs.
Like Father ...
Future hall of famer Warren Sapp isn't pushing his nine-year-old son, Warren II, to follow in his footsteps. I asked Sapp what he'd do if his son wanted to go to the University of Miami right now. "I'd have to call [coach] Randy Shannon and say, 'Do not offer my kid a scholarship,'" Sapp said. "Maybe he'll think about going to Harvard or Yale. I got enough trophies and accolades for both of us from this football thing."
After The Sporting News published its list of the top 50 coaches ever, I asked listeners which coach they'd want to play under. Bob Knight, Don Shula and John Wooden were the most popular choices. But there was adamant support for a coach who wasn't on the list: Dan Gable. His Iowa teams won an unprecedented nine straight NCAA wrestling titles from 1978 through '86, and 15 total. It's tough to argue Gable's not one of the best coaches of all time.
Line of the week
Judd Apatow, director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and the newly released Funny People, joked with me about how easy it is for him to get films made now that he's had a string of hits: "There's a chance I could slip an awful idea past them at this point. That's a responsibility I take very seriously."
THE FINE PRINT: This is long overdue. President Obama invited Carlos Zambrano and the dugout Gatorade cooler to the White House for beers.