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If Mavericks forward Caron Butler looks to be in better shape of late, it's probably because he recently kicked his seven-bottle-a-day Mountain Dew habit cold turkey. "I went through a lot [of withdrawal]," he told me. "Sweating. Headaches. I lost 11 pounds as well. It worked out for the best. I feel much better."
NFL owners decided to change the league's overtime rule for the playoffs after Brett Favre and the Vikings didn't make it to the Super Bowl. I don't like it. Coaches won't have a chance to get used to the rule during the season, when the stakes aren't as high, so you're asking them to experiment with all of the marbles on the line. The game that put the NFL on the map, the 1958 championship between the Colts and the Giants, was sudden death, and the system has worked well ever since. Not everything in life has to be improved—especially when the "improvements" detract from something that was fine to begin with.
Line of the week
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said that in Pat Summitt's 36 years coaching the Lady Vols, she has had 10 players who could have made the men's team: "I guarantee Candace Parker wouldn't have just made my roster; she would have started for us at Tennessee."
Now Hear This
Listen to the podcasts at danpatrick.com/interviews
1. Cornell's Ryan Wittman on the team's remarkable tourney run.
2. Kevin Love on who has it worse: his T-Wolves or the Nets.