There is no `I' in team, but there are 2 in Isiah

The Flip Side

The Kickoff

July 31, 2006

Today's edition finds Mr. Flip in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, magazines like Maxim, with their predilection toward pictures of scantily clad young women, are morally repellent to Mr. Flip (not to mention Mrs. Flip). However, there are the occasions when these publications do provide information/material for the journalist side of Mr. Flip.

In that strictly informational vein, Mr. Flip had the opportunity to read Maxim's Web site to find the magazine's choices for 12 terrible sports teammates.

Some of the choices seemed obvious, such as wide receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Terrell Owens. And a couple were, frankly, old school, like former NBAer Scottie Pippen, who made the list for refusing to go into a playoff game when the last play wasn't diagrammed for him, and former Pirates outfielder Derek Bell, who threatened to withhold full effort unless he was named starting right fielder in 2002 after a .173 season in 2001.

But some choices were flat-out head-scratchers, like Barry Sanders, who got fingered for retiring from football just before training camp in 1999. And what was up with picking Isiah Thomas the No. 1 terrible teammate? Sure, he has left a trail of destruction since he retired, but being a bad coach-executive doesn't make you a bad teammate, does it?

Time out

This little tidbit somehow slipped through Mr. Flip's watchful gaze, but Tom Brady of the New England Patriots just got a pretty timely endorsement gig, as spokesman for a line of Movado watches.

The watches will debut in August in a variety of colors and will come in three sizes, men's, women's and the ever-popular unisex. Oh, and the price ranges from $700 to $1,300.

Mr. Flip thinks new Ravens quarterback Steve McNair should be expecting a call from the good folks at Timex any day now. After all, who would be better than the oft-hurt McNair to represent a watch that allegedly "takes a licking and keeps on ticking"?

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who thinks you can get quality craftsmanship in a watch without paying more than $10.

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