DP: I would let you give me a massage. I have a bad back.
RW: I probably wouldn't use traditional massage. But you'd feel better. The reason I went to massage school was to get experience, because when I'm done playing, I want to go to medical school.
DP: So in 10 years, when I call you, what are you going to be doing?
RW: I'll be a doctor.
Don on Deck?
Dodgers hitting instructor Don Mattingly seems the logical successor to L.A. manager Joe Torre. However, after the Yankees passed him over for Joe Girardi in 2007, Donnie Baseball told me that he's not taking anything for granted: "Everything I've been doing over the last few years has been getting ready to be a manager—wherever that may be. I enjoy [L.A.]. The National League is really something."
Mark Cuban told me he would have been "shocked" if NFL owners had allowed a group that included Rush Limbaugh to buy the Rams. Cuban, the outspoken Mavericks owner, went through similar media scrutiny when he tried to buy the Cubs. But Cuban doesn't think he failed because owners didn't want him in their club. "I'm pretty sure it was just the bid," Cuban said. "In hindsight, I'm glad [the bid wasn't accepted] because the way it was structured with debt would have been a big problem right now given the economy."
Line of the week
Pete Carroll's one-season stint as the Jets' coach in 1994 was ugly, but the USC boss doesn't hold a grudge now that former Trojans QB Mark Sanchez is New York's starter. Said Carroll, "I'm watching every game like [Sanchez] is my little kid. Sure I want the Jets to win."