Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks that as long as Dallas wins a few titles, forward Dirk Nowitzki will be remembered as a better player than Larry Bird—and he's not just sticking up for his guy. "There's going to be a lot more digital reference for Dirk than there was for Bird," Cuban said, referring to YouTube and all the television outlets available today. "When Larry played, there wasn't even cable for most of his career."
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Patriots receiver Wes Welker on quarterback Tom Brady's postgame fashion choices:
"You talking about Derek Zoolander? What the hell are we doing here? Are we playing football or are we doing a runway?"
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1. Ndamukong Suh discusses how much he loves to hit QBs.
2. Geno Auriemma talks about UConn's latest milestone.
THE FINE PRINT: Yao Ming is out for the season with a stress fracture in his ankle. On the bright side, whenever he goes in the MRI machine, he earns miles.