TNT's Kenny Smith broadcast the All-Star Skills Challenge and once competed in the slam dunk and three-point shooting contests. He said players would rather be known for dunking. "There's something about [seeing an opponent's] shameful look when you're attacking the rim," Smith said. "There's something very masculine about that." ... Brent Barry told me his 1996 dunk title doesn't compare with winning two championships. "I don't really care too much about the dunk trophy," Barry said. "I've actually turned it into a chips-and-dip bowl." ... Ravens RB Ray Rice believes winning a Super Bowl is just the beginning for Joe Flacco. "Right now he is the best quarterback in the NFL," Rice told me. "He wants to be a Hall of Fame guy." ... Soccer fans were worried about Gus Johnson's calling his first Champions League match for Fox (page 16). But Al Michaels said he had worked just a single hockey game before the 1980 Winter Olympics. "I was the one guy on the entire ABC staff who had done one," Michaels told me. "I was the only one who could explain offsides and icing."