- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
DM: We want him to play the game the way we feel like the game is played. Trust me, we don't want to see anybody get hurt. A guy like Buster Posey, who's a great player and seems like a great kid... . You don't want to see guys get hurt.
DP: Did you ever have a hard collision at the plate?
DM: I did. With a kid from Australia named Dave Nilsson on Milwaukee. I came in and thought I smoked him. As I'm lying there, he looked down at me and said, "You all right, mate?"
DP: Which hurt worse, the collision or what he said?
DM: Him saying, "You all right?"
• Heat Check
Nearly 70% of the voters in a danpatrick.com poll think the Heat's season was a failure, but TNT analyst Steve Kerr said that people are focusing on false expectations created by LeBron James (above) and his teammates. "Given what they actually accomplished in the playoffs, if you cut through everything else, they had a pretty good year," Kerr said. "A lot of that was self-inflicted. If you look at it big picture, to do what they did in one year ... this is something they should be able to build on."
• Just Cause
BCS executive director Bill Hancock addressed the worst-case scenario for his organization when it meets with the Justice Department this summer. "I don't think a court would say you must create a playoff," Hancock told me. "If [the BCS] were declared illegal, then I think the conferences would likely return to the old bowl system where there's limited opportunity for Number 1 and Number 2 to meet." Hancock may be right, but the BCS shouldn't have to be forced to improve on a format that's not working.
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