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When the Legend was born

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 22, 2008 02:05 AM

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6. Unfortunately for Mike D'Antoni, he didn't heed one of the lingering lessons from the Rick Pitino disaster with the Celtics: Don't take a coaching job with a crappy team until you know where they'll be picking in the lottery. I believe that's officially known as the Billups/Mercer Rule. Frankly, I don't understand why D'Antoni chose the Isiah-ravaged Knicks over the Bulls in the first place. Right about the time the ping-pong balls fell Chicago's way, it sure looked like he didn't either.

7. My favorite non-Posnanski read of the week: Jeff Pearlman's funny timeline of his life as a sportswriter. I don't think I'll look at Wes Helms the same way ever again.

8. Felger pointed this out on his radio show yesterday, but it's so telling that it bears repeating: Matt Ryan, he of the six-year, $72-million deal with the Falcons, will make more on his first NFL contract than Tom Brady is making on his third. If that's not a damning indictment of the NFL salary structure, I don't know what is.

9. If you haven't had your fill of this nonsense by now, head on over to longtime TATB pal Mike Giardi's blog on NECN.com, where I recently submitted to a Q-and-A in which the subjects included Ray Allen's Celtic future, the done-for-'08 Yankees, and, um, ABBA. Check it out if you get the chance.

10. As for today's Completely Random Baseball card:

Farewell to one of the all-time great Marlins. In all seriousness, Piazza's retirement this week probably merited more attention than it received, though I suppose it was a formality since he was no longer on a big league roster. Piazza's final stats in 16 big league seasons - 427 homers, 1335 RBIs, a .307 average, and a 142 OPS+ - ensure that Cooperstown will come calling, most likely five years from now. He'll be remembered as an icon with two franchises - nope, Florida isn't one of them - which is not a bad legacy at all for a 62d-round draft pick.

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