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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
MS: ESPN's Tom Jackson looks like he can throw down a little bit. But I think he'd be the only one on that set. The rest of them are receivers and pretty boys.
DP: What about Mike Ditka?
MS: He would get down and dirty. But he's got bad joints.
DP: What about CBS?
MS: We'd just go over there and go, "Boo," and they'd run.
• Brent's Bud
After his Red Storm knocked off Duke on Sunday, first-year St. John's coach Steve Lavin talked to me about his extended sabbatical from coaching after he left UCLA in 2003. He said it came down to the fact that he found a second career. "I really began to enjoy my work as a broadcaster," he said. "Barnstorming with Brent Musburger coast to coast for six years... . I wouldn't trade that for anything." As for how he's different now from when he was at UCLA, Lavin said he is using "a little less hair product as the years go by. I don't think the Eddie Munster look is still in, so I've tried to adjust."
• On the Go
Phil Jackson has said that this year is his last with the Lakers, but not everyone is convinced he'll leave. His girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, is certain of his plans, though. "This will be his last year with the Lakers," she told me. "I don't know what he's going to do. He may coach somewhere, he may move to Montana, he may have his own cooking show. I don't know—but I know he's not the type of guy that's going to sit around all day and watch TV."
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