Thursday, October 22
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Maxim magazine recently asked LeBron James, "If there was one guy on the planet you could dunk on, who would it be?" His response might produce as much reaction on Capitol Hill as on the basketball court. "If it doesn't have to be a basketball player, George W. Bush," James said. "I would dunk on [him], break the rim and shatter the glass." (Los Angeles Times)Comment
If only Jerry Jones could find someone to sponsor Jerryworld, his sparkling new football palace, maybe times wouldn???t be quite so tight for the Dallas Cowboys. Jones, one of the NFL's revenue-creating visionaries for two decades now, has either cut back spending on his on-field product or he's taken a new approach to building his roster, because the man typically on top of the league when it comes to spending is now looking up at just about everyone else. NFL Management Council figures for committed cash -- the actual dollars teams spend on their roster, a better indication of where a club is at than the salary cap because it indicates real money spent -- show that Jones and the Cowboys rank 31st in the league with $93.5 million committed for the 2009 season. The only team below Dallas in the most recent figures? The Kansas City Chiefs at $89 million. It's a stark contrast from where Jones is used to being. From 2004 to 2008, a run of five seasons, he spent $566 million, more than any club in the league. Even in a rough economy, Jones isn't broke. But there's certainly a sense that he's strapped for cash or has a new model in mind when it comes to building the organization. The numbers say so. (National Football Post)Comment
With less than two weeks remaining on the two-year deal he accepted shortly before Halloween 2007, Tony La Russa explained Wednesday he is not finished with his introspection about whether he will return as manager next season but that he has reached its final chapters. It won't be long," La Russa offered during a break from a planning session at his Animal Rescue Foundation in Danville, Calif. "I think I know where things lead but I want to be sure. I want to be honest. I want it to be genuine." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Comment
Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies celebrate their return to the World Series Wednesday night in Philadelphia. (AP)
This certainly wasn't fan appreciation night.
Game To Watch
The Yankees look to join the Phillies in the World Series by finishing off the Angels in Anaheim, 7:57 p.m. ET, Fox
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This Day in Sports
- 1997 -- The Marlins and Indians play in the coldest World Series game, at 38 degrees
- 1973 -- Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki born
- 1939 -- First televised NFL game is played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers