The week's most amusing—and insightful—reality show was ESPN's QB Camp, on which Jon Gruden was merrily blunt with four prospects (page 42). Gruden (right) bashed Sam Bradford's scrambling, told Jimmy Clausen not to become the next Ryan Leaf and asked a drawling Colt McCoy, "Do you yodel?"
MAKE WAY FOR THE DIESEL!
After missing 23 games with a torn thumb ligament, Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal (right) was ready to roll in last Saturday's win over the Bulls. The line: 12 points, five boards, three blocks and one new move—a barreling spin that he dubbed Diesel Truck with No Brakes.
HONOR ON THE LINKS
A cudgeled sport got a welcome stroke of integrity when, during the playoff at the Verizon Heritage, Brian Davis (right) called a penalty on himself and conceded victory to Jim Furyk. Said PGA Tour official Slugger White of Davis, "He's class, first class."
THOSE FRISKY YANKEES
New York hadn't won four series to start a season in 84 years—until Saturday. Is there a Yanks fountain of youth? Lefty Andy Pettitte, 37, was having his best April ever (1.35 ERA), and 35-year-old Derek Jeter's .380 average through 50 at bats was his highest since 1999.
TEAMS THAT COAST
Pity the fans who were robbed of April glimpses of the last two NBA MVPS: Kobe and King James sat a combined eight games for their playoff-locked teams. Meanwhile, the Bulls sneaked in to the postseason by edging the Cavs, Celts and Bobcats, who (Raptors be damned!) were resting some starters.
KG THE WEASEL?
After Kevin Garnett got tossed for a sideline skirmish against the Heat—earning a one-game suspension—Miami's Quentin Richardson called the chippy Celtics forward an "actress." Even Bulls diva Joakim Noah chimed in from afar, calling Garnett a "dirty player."
The Orioles (2--11 through Sunday) are off to their worst start in 22 years. O's batters had a Mendoza line--esque .299 on-base percentage. At least skipper Dave Trembley hasn't lost his sense of humor. Quipped he after a Sunday win, "We're starting the pennant drive."
THOSE TRIALS OF ORTIZ
Bad enough that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (left) was hitting .158. Now Big Papi's getting sued for copping the name of Yankees fan (natch) Jay-Z's 40/40 Club for his joint in the Dominican. Papi, that Forty Forty Club? You have 10 steals—in your career!
STEVE JACOBSON (GRUDEN)
JASON MILLER/US PRESSWIRE (O'NEAL)
DARREN CARROLL (DAVIS)
DAMIAN STROHMEYER (ORTIZ)