Yes, that was Joe Johnson spotted at the Suns-Lakers game in Los Angeles Thursday night. Johnson, who didn’t visit his old teammates’ dressing room afterward, was in town with Atlanta to play the Clippers Friday. It didn’t go well; the Clips rolled 92-77.
After an opening-season road trip led to losses to the Warriors, Clippers and — yikes — the Trail Blazers, the Hawks are 0-3. Hello, lottery.
No truth to the rumor Johnson is doing commercials for an Atlanta Toyota dealership in which he smiles and says: "I asked for it . . . and I got it.’’
After watching Arizona State tiptoe past the Washington schools — while Arizona dismantled previously undefeated UCLA Saturday — Sun Devil fans must be sweating that season finale with freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama and the Wildcats’ revamped offense.
Last year, ASU made Richard Kovalcheck look like . . . well . . . Willie Tuitama.
PASSING ON A BOWL
Nebraska lost to Kansas for the first time in 37 games Saturday. So how’s that whole "let’s light up the Big 12 with our passing game" thing working out? The bright side for Huskers fans — lots of extra time to spend with the family during the holidays without worrying about going to that pesky bowl game.
Turns out Terrell Owens was right all along. There was no way he was going to play this weekend. As a result of his big mouth and inability to be even a passable teammate, he’s "doubtful’’ for the rest of the season.
Think the Eagles are glad they didn’t give this clown an extension?
• You want to blast Leonard Davis for playing horribly at tackle for the Cardinals . . . then Oliver Ross comes back from injury and shows you what horrible is really all about.
• Of course, the best part will be watching agent Drew Rosenhaus come on ESPN and tell us how we have T.O. all wrong — again.
• Minutes after the Irish beat Tennessee on Saturday, Notre Dame officials rewarded coach Charlie Weis with a new 50-year contract and petitioned The Vatican for his appointment as "Saint Charlie."
• Mike Leclerc and Zbynek Michalek scored the first two goals for the Coyotes in Saturday’s big win in Detroit. They have nine goals between them this season and were picked up in separate trades by general manager Mike Barnett without giving up a single NHL asset.
• Cleveland Browns running back Reuben Droughns offered what appeared to be heartfelt apologies to his fans and teammates following his arrest on drunken-driving charges earlier this week. Then he churned out 190 yards of total offense in the 20-14 win over the Titans. Apology accepted.
• Quote of the Week — One Lakers fan talking to another behind Phoenix owner Robert Sarver’s seat for the new-look Suns’ 122-112 win on Thursday night at Staples Center:
"Geez, I don’t even know who half these guys are, and they’re still kicking our butts."