The Ravens' Ray Lewis told me QBs entering the NFL have a different set of skills than rookies did 10 years ago. "College quarterbacks are throwing 60 times a game," Lewis said. "They're basically telling them to find the open man. A lot of the thinking that used to go with [being a quarterback], that's out. The select few who [still think like that] stick out like sore thumbs." ... I asked NBA commissioner David Stern if he would embrace players on draft night as warmly as the NFL's Roger Goodell did last week. "I'm set in my ways," Stern said. "I'm into handshakes. I could do a knuckle bump or a high five." ... Nuggets coach George Karl has a solution to the controversy about paying Olympic basketball players: "I don't think we should give them money," Karl said. "Give them a lot prizes and presents, [like] a free membership to Augusta." ... I asked John L. Smith if he would've left Weber State to take over for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas if the Razorbacks didn't have top 10 talent. "It would have been much more difficult," Smith said. "That had to weigh into the decision."