Shanoff's W.U.C.: Rickey, Lance, Jays, T.O.

Today's Calls: Rickey Henderson vs. Jim Rice, Lance Armstrong vs. Alberto Contador, Hank Aaron vs. Barry Bonds, Roy Halladay vs. Cliff Lee, T.O. vs. Roger Goodell, Lamar Odom vs. Stephon Marbury, Steve Spurrier vs. Tim Tebow and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: "At this moment, I am very very humbled." ↵

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↵It's the quote of the weekend. Who said it? ↵

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↵(a) Lance Armstrong ↵
↵(b) Terrell Owens ↵
↵(c) Steve Spurrier ↵
↵(d) Stephon Marbury ↵
↵(e) Rickey Henderson ↵

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↵The answer, remarkably, is "E." ↵

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↵I don't know who gave him advice on his induction speech or if he came up with it himself, but to make sure this phrase was in there was genius, defusing any hostility from his critics that he was too "me"-centric. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Lance Armstrong is telling folks that 3rd-place is A-OK by him -- this year. (As it should be: I would argue that 3rd-place in the Tour de France after 4 years of retirement is more impressive than any of his 7 TdF titles.) Of course, NEXT year is a different story: Lance will accept nothing less than a win -- and will get it, too. ↵

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↵Steve Spurrier is spending precious SEC Media Day time trying to explain himself. Stephon Marbury is turning the Internet into his public (and awkward) confessional booth. ↵

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↵Rickey Henderson is humbled. Wow. Are we entering a new era of humility in sports from our superstar athletes? ↵Carrying the banner of me-first-ism, at least we've still got T.O. ↵

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↵Hank Aaron is OK with PED cheaters being in the Hall of Fame, but wants their plaques marked with an asterisk. Problem: Just who qualifies as a cheater? Because amphetamines were banned by MLB as a PED, but HOFers -- and everyone else -- in Aaron's Era (and the next few decades) abused them with vigor. ↵

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↵Halladay Trade: Phils reject? Maybe the Jays were asking too much, but -- seriously -- what exactly is "too much" when you're the defending champs trying to repeat while you're hot? ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points ↵

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↵• More Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee and V-Mart to Dodgers for Kershaw or Billingsley (plus Loney)? ↵

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↵• That would be a 9-1 Yankees home stand. ↵

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↵• Hotter than the Angels? Morneau. ↵

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↵• NL Wild Card: Rox roll. (Stud: Tulo!) ↵

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↵• Fantasy Stud: Kelly Johnson. ↵

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↵Swimming: Seriously, the powers-that-be are concerned about swimsuit technology? Thanks in part to the super-suits, which FINA would like to ban as of 1/1/10, the 2008 Olympics were the best thing to ever happen in the sport's history -- not entirely due to the suits, but certainly abetted by them. It's like NASCAR said, "Oh, you know: Those cars are too sleek and too fast. Let's go back to the moonshine-running jalopies. Those had integrity." ↵

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↵(Update: World records fell in 6 of 8 races yesterday at the World Championships. Yeah, that's terrible for a sport in a year after the Olympics that, by all rights, should be free of fan attention or enthusiasm.) ↵Speaking of NASCAR, here's a tip for you kids out there who want to win at the Brickyard: Don't speed on pit road. ↵

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↵NFL Camping Begins: More on T.O. Bills fans are SO excited for T.O. Are they equally excited when he pops off about controversial topics like Michael Vick, who he thinks Roger Goodell is "unfair" to and should reinstate immediately? (Frankly, I'm sure Bills fans are thrilled: For better or worse, the rest of us are talking about their team.) ↵

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↵SN NFL Division Picks: Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Chargers, Giants, Vikings, Falcons, Cardinals. It's not that readers didn't like the picks; I don't think they liked the entirely conventional thinking. Where are the stretches and reaches? (For example: Who are THIS year's Cards? No, picking the Cards to win the division THIS year doesn't count.) ↵

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↵Must-Read: Which team is this year's Dolphins? Or is that this year's Falcons? ↵

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↵NBA Offseason: Lamar Odom is THE X-factor of the 2009-2010 season. If he leaves LA for Miami, two things happen: (1) The Heat join the long list of would-be contenders in the East (especially if they get Boozer, too); (2) the Lakers may remain a contender in the West, but not for the NBA title. ↵

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↵CFB: "Who Didn't Vote For Tebow?" solved, and the ending didn't even qualify as anti-climax: Yes, it was Steve Spurrier, but it was a clerical error. I'm sure the O.B.C. didn't mind the attention -- good or bad -- but it exposed the fraud that is coaches voting for anything (say, weekly BCS Top 25 lists). ↵

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↵CFB Recruiting: Mack Brown sounds like he wants to be the next Jeff Demps at Florida. (The Gators' "Friday Night Lights" event, held this past Friday, isn't a bad moment to commit -- seems a lot like Rush Week in college.) ↵

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↵CBB: Mike DeCourcy with the players you need to know coming out of the prep hoops summer season. ↵

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↵2012 Olympic "Repeat Team": Kevin Durant is going to rule. (Just in time for folks to freak out about how he is going to bolt OKC in free agency for, say, his hometown of D.C.) ↵

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↵Soccer: So much for any momentum US Soccer had coming out of the Confed Cup. Either that, or Mexico didn't really care. ↵Gambling: The leagues (and NCAA) can try to sue to stop Delaware from implementing single-game gambling, but they won't succeed. Not in a down economy. By the way, it's not the states' jobs to ensure players aren't influenced by gambling -- it's the leagues' job. ↵

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↵RIP Vernon Forrest ↵

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↵Pop Culture: The catch-phrase coming out of Marbury's 24-hour reality-talk-show-freakathon has been established: "They tried to put me in a box!" (But there seem to be so many many more that could work.) ↵

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↵The Last Word: If you're going to a high-end recruiting event at Florda, don't throw up the Miami "U." ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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