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DN: We actually say no-VIT-zki with a hard v. Everybody around here seems to say no-WIT-zki. It really doesn't matter. I've heard basically every version over the last 13 years.
DP: Can you trash-talk in German?
DN: Mach dich frisch alter du bist doch viel zu langsam.
DP: That's go time. What does it mean?
DN: "You're too little, and too slow, and it's on."
THE FINE PRINT: The NFL gave Jerry Jones special permission to attend Tony Romo's wedding. And a district judge lifted the stay on giving him a cappuccino maker.
Assistant coach Brian Shaw seemed like the logical candidate to take over the Lakers. Shaw studied under Phil Jackson and was endorsed by Kobe Bryant. G.M. Mitch Kupchak explained why they selected Mike Brown instead. "It's not that we chose not to hire Brian because he's not qualified," Kupchak told me. "Our feeling going into it was that we needed a new voice. The old staff had been with us for 11 years." Kupchak said the front office did not consult Bryant before hiring Brown.
USC athletic director Pat Haden wants to move forward now that the NCAA has denied an appeal to reduce sanctions against the football program. But Haden thinks the sport needs to evaluate how players are compensated. "We have guys who are hungry," said Haden, who has been reviewing players' scholarships and stipends. "Literally, hungry. I don't think it's right. I think we ought to be paying these guys more."