Pete Mcentegart
Monday February 28th, 2005

1. Clint Eastwood's boxing film Million Dollar Baby became just the third sports movie to win Best Picture, joining Rocky (1976) and Chariots of Fire (1981). As it turned out, elderly Academy voters thought the film was about the Lindbergh kidnapping.

2. The book tour for Jose Canseco's Juiced was halted temporarily as the FBI investigates an e-mail death threat against the former player. As a precaution, authorities won't allow anyone with a hat size above 7-7/8 within 100 yards of Canseco.

3. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett hurt his draft status by running two poky 40-yard dashes Saturday at the NFL scouting combine. Clarett tried to minimize his poor times by pointing out that he's much faster in a free SUV.

4. I finally saw The Gates on Saturday, the next-to-last day of their 16-day run. I haven't seen so much orange in New York since my last trip to Shea Stadium. Though I have no idea whether the Gates are art, never mind good art, they were strangely impressive. One has to respect any man who can persuade New York City officials to allow him to install 7,500 16-foot-tall strange-looking structures in Central Park. Christo is probably the only guy charismatic enough to get the Jets' West Side Stadium built, though of course he'd want to dismantle it after two games or the first Doug Brien miss, whichever comes first.

5. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has acknowledged using steroids as a champion body builder, told George Stephanopolous in an TV interview that he doesn't regret doing so. Of course, it's unrealistic to expect baseball players to display as much honesty as politicians.

6. Guard Baron Davis, overjoyed to be traded from the Hornets to the Warriors, likened his experience in New Orleans to "being in prison." Hey, Baron, whatever happens at Mardi Gras is supposed to stay at Mardi Gras.

7. Former Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook beat ex-fullback Jarrod Bunch in a "King of the Cage" match that combines boxing and martial arts. Westbrook credited the victory to his ability to visualize Bunch as a teammate, thus inspiring Westbrook to pummel him senseless.

8. Three members of the IOC's evaluation committee attended a Knicks game last week as guests of the team's owner during the evaluation of New York's bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The IOC members initially feared the visit might violate rules against IOC officials receiving gifts from host cities, until several New Yorkers explained that nobody goes to Knicks games for fun these days.

9. Henry Samueli, the chairman of semiconductor company Broadcom, has agreed to purchase the Mighty Ducks from Disney for an estimated $55 million-$65 million. Samueli decided to buy an active NHL team after his efforts to buy the Brooklyn Bridge fell through.

10. Congressman Thomas Davis, the chair of the House Government Reform Committee, says he will hold a hearing on steroids in baseball. The first two witnesses Davis intends to call are Barry Bonds and Demond Wilson, who played Lamont on Sanford and Son.

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