Nervous? Let's get ready to bumble

The Flip Side

The Kickoff

May 04, 2006

Oscar De La Hoya appeared on The Tonight Show earlier this week, helping to pump up his bout with Ricardo Mayorga. Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers was there to chronicle the scene.

And, apparently, to offer comforting words.

Simers described De La Hoya as arriving while "sweating like a man waiting to find out what the jury has to say. `I'm super nervous,' he admits.

"`I don't know why,' I tell him. `Letterman has Tom Hanks on tonight, and I can't imagine anyone watching Dr. Phil and you.'"

So why do people wonder about how athletes view the media?

Seconding that

Here's Mr. Flip's thought on the controversy surrounding whether to celebrate Barry Bonds' likely ascension to second place on the all-time home run list: Some might say his reputation is already No. 2.

What's Nantz say?

This from SI.com's Pete McEntegart: "The Giants agreed to a free-agent deal on Monday with George Mason basketball forward Jai Lewis, who hopes to make the team as a tight end or lineman. The signing of the mid-major star was immediately questioned by Billy Packer."

Jockular

And let Mr. Flip add to the stack of jokes circulating about the Denver Nuggets' Reggie Evans and his grabbing at the crotch of the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Kaman. If Evans would end up with a suspension, we could say it was the first time a player had been sidelined by a pulled groin that wasn't his own.

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who misses the Buffalo Braves' powder blue uniforms.

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