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DP: If I said you could be a guitar player in any band right now, what band?
SW: Can I say Led Zeppelin? They kind of came back for a second there.
DP: Do you think you could handle those songs?
SW: I can play most of them. The White Stripes are probably one of my favorite bands. I was in New York and I was lucky enough to meet Jack White. Meeting actors and TV personalities is one thing, but I just feel like meeting musicians is the coolest.
• Clean Act
After the Rangers knocked off the Rays in the ALDS, they celebrated with ginger ale before they broke out the champagne. They did so because of Josh Hamilton's well-publicized history of substance abuse, and also because pitcher C.J. Wilson is a nondrinker. Wilson told me that being a baseball player "has been a job for me since I was eight." After seeing family members and peers have problems with alcohol and drugs, he swore off those things so his dream wouldn't be derailed. "I had to stay on the straight and narrow because I wasn't going to get a second chance," he said.
• New Kid
Tim Tebow told me that his transition from college to the NFL has been fairly smooth. "I've loved it," he said. But the Broncos backup QB isn't sure when he's going to get a chance to throw his first pass. As anxious as he is to show off his arm, the rookie knows his place, so don't look for him to call his own number. "No, I don't think I'm going to call an audible quite yet," he said with a laugh.
• Line of the week
Former safety Rodney Harrison has a theory as to why we're seeing so many jarring hits in the NFL: "Guys are so lazy nowadays, they don't want to tackle. They just want the big kill shot."