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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
October 12, 2009
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October 12, 2009

Just My Type

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Money Player

Remember how Kobe Bryant's marketability was destroyed after he was accused of sexual assault in 2003? (The case was dropped and Bryant reached a settlement with his accuser.) Well, his jersey is again the top NBA seller in the U.S. "I think he's back," CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell told me. "Will a blue-chip brand that's not associated with basketball ... go with him? That's the last step. But he's close to being the league's most marketable player."

Frosh Faces

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel has a theory why so many freshman QBs—USC's Matt Barkley and, before he suffered a broken jaw, the Bruins' Kevin Prince, to name two—are starting. Many coaches fail to cultivate capable backups, so when a star leaves, the race to replace him is wide open. "The guys who've been in the wings haven't been coached," Neuheisel said. "No one is [that far] ahead of [a freshman]."

Line of the week

It's been more than a month since Raiders coach Tom Cable allegedly broke assistant Randy Hanson's jaw during an argument. So why is the Napa, Calif., police investigation taking so long? Fox's Jay Glazer knows: "The other Raiders assistants in the room at the time fear Al [owner Al Davis] more than the law."

Now Hear This

Listen to the podcasts at danpatrick.com/interviews

1. Orlando's Dwight Howard chats about the NBA preseason.

2. Michael Moore discusses his film Capitalism: A Love Story.

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