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- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
DP: Give me the breakdown on the NBA Finals, because I know that's what you're dying to do. Tell me what concerns you.
JH: Listen, I'm not concerned. I think the Celtics are a good team, I respect them, but they're going to get their balls smashed in, and it's just a fact. What do you think?
DP: I don't know if I'd use that vernacular... . Will you be courtside for any of the games?
JH: I imagine not. If Get Him to the Greek does well, I might be. If not, you will never see me courtside again.
• Nat King
Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn (above) can handle himself against any pitcher: He has hit 326 career home runs. But when I asked him if he'd like to step into the batter's box and take his chances against his heralded rookie teammate, Stephen Strasburg, he told me, "Absolutely not. I'd rather see a whole lot of other people than him. He's good. He's really good. I'm through with challenging myself. I want [hitting] to be as easy as possible."
• Good Guys
When SI picks its Sportsman of the Year, Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce (page 44) should be in the mix. Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons agreed that the fallout from the imperfect game touched him. "It made me feel really good," he told me. "We live in such an uncivil world. People screaming at each other, umpires throwing players out just to prove they can. And then you've got Joyce saying, 'I blew the call.' And he was clearly terribly upset about it. Galarraga is my favorite player of the year."
• Line of the week
NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen explained how QB Ben Roethlisberger (above), who is suspended for the first six games of the season, can repair his image: "Start winning games. Unfortunately for him, he may not be able to do that until Week 7."