Wayne Gretzky would like to see a return to wooden sticks instead of today's composite models. "They don't have the same feel with the blade and the puck that we had," Gretzky told me. "[Sidney] Crosby with a wooden stick—I don't think anybody would get the puck from him." ... NFL prospect Geno Smith wants to dispel notions he can't run a read-option offense because he rushed for only 151 yards last season. "I wasn't asked to do it," the former West Virginia QB said. "I wasn't going to go outside the system." ... The NBA issued a statement that the refs missed Dahntay Jones's foul on Kobe Bryant at the end of the Hawks' March 13 win over the Lakers. I asked Jones whether, if the roles were reversed, the league or media would care. Said Jones, "I don't think we would be dealing with this at all if it wasn't Kobe." ... Former Georgetown star Patrick Ewing reflected on the glory days of the Big East and the Hoyas' place in history. "We were the Raiders of basketball," Ewing said. "We were the team everybody hated. We should have worn black uniforms and [eye black]."