On the heels of rumors that 41-year-old Michael Jordan is considering yet another comeback — this one with Shaquille O’Neal and the Heat — the Miami Herald reports Shaq has no interest in such a partnership.
Makes sense. The Big Aristotle flew 3,000 miles across four time zones to separate himself from Kobe Bryant and isn’t about to share a marquee on South Beach with M.J.
Jordan isn’t the only hardheaded, hardwood geezer out there looking for work. Dennis Rodman (who now colors his hair to keep it black) and Clyde Drexler are both pushing for tryouts with the Denver Nuggets, where apparently all you have to do is beat GM Kiki Vandeweghe in oneon-one to get a camp invitation.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Is it too late for Randy Johnson to throw his gum into the 2004 presidential race? Neither George W. Bush or John Kerry have campaigned more passionately than the Big Unit did for his sixth Cy Young Award — basically telling both local papers this week, "Hey, you try to win 17 games for The Bad News Bears, with Kelly Leak out for the season!’’
Shouldn’t someone else on the team be singing Randy’s praises? Of course. But half the current DBacks haven’t even met Randy yet — although team picture day would have been a keen time for introductions.
• I fell asleep thinking about Monday’s reunion between Bill Parcells (Dallas) and Joe Gibbs (Washington), then woke up in a cold sweat worried I hadn’t studied for my 1983 trig midterm. Who’s singing the National Anthem Monday? Men Without Hats? Will the "John 3:16'’ guy be there?
• Fox Sports Net Arizona offered us more than six actionpacked hours of live Diamondbacks-Rockies baseball Thursday. Weren’t there any old poker reruns available?
• After a 3-2 week (thanks to our choking Ryder Cup dogs), here we go:
ASU 27, Oregon State 21. Have we all had enough of this Dirk Koetter-Tom Arnold stuff? Coming off the big Iowa win, the Devils will have trouble focusing. But 20-20 vision isn’t needed against the Beavers. Falcons 31, Cardinals 17. Mike Vick throws for a touchdown, runs for a touchdown, catches a touchdown and vacuums the Georgia Dome. Off to an 0-3 start, Dennis Green brings in Randall Cunningham, Robert Smith and Cris Carter as consultants, because it is not, I repeat, not , Green’s fault. I like The Consultants over The Cardinals by seven next week.