- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Long farewell tours for retiring players don't help anyone. The player soaks up adulation at the expense of the team. John Smoltz has taken the opposite approach. "I just decided not to show up to work. That's how I ended my career," Smoltz said. Simple, to the point, somewhat mysterious. That's the way to go out. The Hall of Fame says he's eligible in 2015, regardless of whether he's made it official or not.
• Tigers Talk
Charles Barkley has always felt an affinity for fellow Auburn alum Cam Newton. He met with Newton at the NBA All-Star break and is convinced the NFL prospect is getting a bad rap for saying he wants to be "an entertainer and icon" in addition to a football player. "I told him don't take any of this stuff personally," Barkley said. "That's how it is now. It's just this generation of media. You can't overanalyze everything that these kids do and say now." Barkley also thinks none of Newton's statements will have any effect on what kind of player he's going to be.
• Line of the week
Nuggets coach George Karl, on his former player Carmelo Anthony: "Sometimes it seems the rebound switch is on, and sometimes it's off. Sometimes the passing switch is on, and sometimes it's off."
Now Hear This
Listen to the podcasts at danpatrick.com/interviews
1. Greg McElroy explains how he aced this year's Wonderlic test.
2. Grant Hill talks about his unexpected scoring outburst.
THE FINE PRINT: The Kings may move from Sacramento to Anaheim. Disneyland is preparing by building a new ride, Cap Space Mountain.