Publish date:

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week
Author:

• WATCH
NFL Scouting Combine
If there were football Olympics, this would be the septathlon—seven events thatcan make or break a pro career. The NFL Network will air four days of liveworkouts beginning this Saturday; nearly 300 players will be in Indy to jockeyfor spots in the draft. The one with the most to gain (or lose)? Georgia QBMatthew Stafford, the favorite to be the top pick.

• WATCH
The Ride of Their Lives
Kevin Costner narrates this DVD documentary on the history of NASCAR. But themost memorable sound bites come from the men who made the sport, includingRichard Petty and Bobby Allison, who in a gut-wrenching segment recalls losingtwo sons. NASCAR's entire history can't be told in 90 minutes, but directorRory Karpf comes close.

• SAY
No to drugs...
with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. Their game against the Rockford IceHogs thisThursday will be Don't Be Like Mike Night—as in alleged pot smoker MichaelPhelps. Graduates of a DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) get infor $2, and the team will provide a shredder so fans can destroy embarrassingphotos. No doubt the joint will be jumping.

• FOLLOW
NBA trade deadline
It's mid-February, so trade rumors must be swirling around Vince Carter. TheNets guard wasn't dealt last year after much talk that he would be. Will hestill be a Net after this Thursday's deadline? The Cavs, Mavs, Rockets andSpurs have reportedly discussed deals for him. All the trades—proposed andconsummated—will be broken down on NBA TV.

• COOK
With NASCAR moms
What fueled the young Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon? Martha Earnhardt(Junior's grandma) and Carol Gordon Bickford (Jeff's mom) answer in Pit Stop ina Southern Kitchen, a collection of homespun recipes. Because nothing gets youready for a 500-mile drive like some pecan-crusted spinach artichoke dip, aplate of beef porcupines and a slab of Sun-Drop pound cake.

The Pop CultureGrid

How do sports stars fit in?

Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift

Favorite thing to chew

What hurts right now

Reality show on which you'd like to guest star

_____ spends too much time looking in the mirror

RYAN SHECKLER Skateboarder

Taylor Swift (left)

Wrigley's spearmint gum

My elbow

Nitro Circus

Me

JEFF FOSTER Pacers F

Katy Perry (top)

Jalapeño beef jerky

My back

The Apprentice

Teammate Danny Granger

BLAKE WHEELER Bruins RW

Taylor Swift

Sunflower seeds

My forearm

The Real World

A lot of guys in our locker room

DEREK BOOGAARD Wild LW

Katy Perry

Gum

My upper body

The Real World

Josh Harding and Cal Clutterbuck

INSIDE THE GRID

Sheckler, who is also the star of MTV's reality showThe Life of Ryan, even annoys himself with his primping: "I take forever toget ready, and it sucks." Boogaard chides two Wild teammates for theirvanity, saying, "I don't know why Josh is in the mirror, but Clutterbuck(above) thinks he's a soap opera star." Foster marvels at one teammate'spregame narcissism: "Granger's always in the mirror lining up his hair withclippers before games."

PHOTO

DAMIAN STROHMEYER (STAFFORD)

PHOTO

DAMIAN STROHMEYER (WHEELER)

PHOTO

MTV (DVD)

PHOTO

LOU CAPOZZOLA (CARTER)

PHOTO

ARNOLD TURNER/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (PERRY)

PHOTO

BRUCE KLUCKHOHN/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (BOOGAARD)

PHOTO

BRUCE KLUCKHOHN/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (CLUTTERBUCK)

PHOTO

PETER READ MILLER (SHECKLER)

PHOTO

DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS (SWIFT)

PHOTO

BRIAN KERSEY/AP (GUM)

PHOTO

RON HOSKINS/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (FOSTER)

PHOTO

ALI GOLDSTEIN/NBC UNIVERSAL INC. (TRUMP)

PHOTO

MANNY MILLAN (SEEDS)

TWO PHOTOS