Sports Notes

Referring to Colts QB Payton Manning, Kicker Mike Vanderjagt said “Some guys have it, and some guys don’t.” Interesting thoughts from a kicker that only converted just 23-of-31 field-goal attempts and endured a 3-for-8 slump during mid-season…There have been a lot of great quotes in the NBA this season, but this one takes the cake. Before a game, Yao Ming spoke about his pre-draft meeting with Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause. Yao’s impression? “He ate twice as much as I did.”…The Major League Baseball season begins March 25. That gives us just over a month before Red Sox fans give up all hope for the thousandth straight year…Should fans dictate the NBA All-Star game players? Yao Ming and Vince Carter are starters, Michael Jordan and Shaq ride the bench. Karl “The Mailman” Malone didn’t even make the team… LeBron James was cleared to play by a judge who temporarily blocked a state ruling that stripped the high school basketball star of his eligibility. Out of one court, on to another. Can the judge get him a cut of all of the money that state athletic association made off of his pay per view games?… In an interview with Golf Magazine, Phil Mickelson said he and Woods get along better than people believe and they don’t have any issues. ”Well, maybe one,” Mickelson said. ”He hates that I can fly it past him now. He has a faster swing speed than I do, but he has inferior equipment. Tiger is the only player who is good enough to overcome the equipment he’s stuck with.” Since when do golfers trash talk, let alone, about equipment? Are tennis players going to start the same thing?