Which O'Neal do you think is going to have a bigger impact for you this year?
DR: I don't know—both, I hope. Right now it'll be Shaq, because Jermaine is injured. And Shaq has played great. He's been fantastic so far, but everybody's fantastic right now. You'll hear every coach say that. It's when the season starts, and the roles are more defined and the minutes are divvied out. That's when every team has its problems, and I'm sure we'll have ours, too.
• Short Listed
The Patriots list Danny Woodhead at 5'9", but the best running back ever to come out of Division II Chadron (Neb.) State came clean with us: "Honestly, I'm a shade under 5'8". It's like 5'7¾" or something. And when you're a smaller guy, those three fourths, they're crucial." He also dispelled the notion that his lack of height provides him with any sort of advantage. "People have said it's tough to see me," he said. "I don't know if it's tough to see me. I don't see them."
• Ice Man
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan picked up the nickname Matty Ice for the way he responds to pressure. So it was surprising to hear him discuss what he feels is the most improved part of his game as a pro: "How I respond to adverse situations. You're going to make mistakes throughout a game, but it's how you respond to those things [that's important]. I think I do a lot better job of that in Year 3 than I did in Year 1."
• Line of the week
Actor and diehard Yankees fan Kevin Connolly, on how he felt after Boston beat New York in the 2004 ALCS.
"Can you shut up now? I was happy when the Red Sox won, because I was just so sick of hearing them [gripe about losing]."
THE FINE PRINT: The Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS, which means Carl Pavano has to return his mustache to John Stossel.