According to Steve Carell, the best athlete on his TV show, The Office, is Brian Baumgartner (above), who plays Kevin. "You think I'm kidding," Carell said. "I think he's a scratch golfer who's played in a bunch of celebrity-pro tournaments." Baumgartner also can handle himself on the hardwood, as he displayed during a pickup game in an episode a few years ago. "After a take, just as himself, he shot 10 three-pointers in a row, just draining them," said Carell. "I had the camera man film them, and it made the show."
After he won his seventh women's basketball title at UConn, I asked Geno Auriemma the last time he received an offer to coach a men's team. He told me that the last inquiry was four years ago. "We live in different worlds," he said. "There are so many [women's] coaches ... that are 100 times better than a lot of the coaches in men's basketball."
Line of the week
Perplexed Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins on why his team didn't try to keep two aces, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, after a season in which Citizens Bank Park filled to 102.2% of capacity: "I guess that's only a move the Yankees do."
Now Hear This
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1. Charles Barkley discusses Tiger and Phil Mickelson.
2. Tim McCarver on slow play and batting-order strategy.
THE FINE PRINT: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's divorce is getting ugly. Thanks to his wife's lawyer, Joe Torre can only visit the mound every other weekend.