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By TIMES WIRES
Published November 9, 2006
Stop the parade
Christian Slater is all right by us, if for nothing else than he was in one of our favorite movies ever: Heathers. But do we really need to be seeing him on Monday Night Football? In case you hadn't noticed, MNF has turned into the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, circa 1972, with special guests dropping by every game pimping something usually having ties to ABC or Disney.
When talking Tuesday about Barbaro on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption, Bob Ryan said, "If he's sufficiently mobile, he can be a guest on Monday Night Football."
It was kind of cool in the old days of MNF when a guest would swing by because it was usually a big-time guest such as John Lennon or President Nixon. So, here's our compromise. MNF can still have guests, but only if they are John Lennon or President Nixon.
Ditka? Mike Ditka?
When you think of wine, you think of ... Mike Ditka? The old coach of Da Bears is teaming with a winery to produce five wines that will be shipped to retailers this week. The high-end bottle is called Mike Ditka Kick A-- Red, which will run between $40 and $50. There will be a chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon about $15, and a merlot and a pinot grigio (about $10 a bottle).
Sounds nice. It's just that we picture Iron Mike as more of a shot-and-a-beer guy.
"Looks can be deceiving," Ditka told the Chicago Tribune. "I've drank red wine my whole life. There's no wine ever made that I didn't try."
Ditka is not the first sports figure to have his own wine. Others include football's Joe Montana, golfers Greg Norman, Ernie Els, David Frost and Arnold Palmer and race-car drivers Jeff Gordon and Mario Andretti.
By the numbers
Miles in which Tony Stewart has led in this season's Nextel Cup, the most of any driver.
Miles led by Matt Kenseth, who is second to Stewart in miles led and second in the Chase for the Championship.
864 Miles led by Jimmie Johnson, who leads the Chase.
It drives me crazy when ...
Bucs fans think Jon Gruden is insulting their intelligence saying Bruce Gradkowski is "getting better." His weekly QB ratings have "progressed" from 107.6 to 72.5 to 60.4 to 49.3 to 96.8. How much more proof is needed?
Looks as if we're stuck, despite our complaining, with the NHL's goofy unbalanced schedule. Devils CEO and GM Lou Lamoriello told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger after Tuesday's GM meetings: "There was no decision on scheduling other than to keep what we have. ... The consensus is there is no reason to change." We guess he means no reason other than the current schedule stinks.
Number of the day
That would be 7.587-million, the households Nielsen Media Research said viewed the Raiders- Seahawks game, making it the least-watched in Monday Night Football history. The low was 8.427-million for the Rams' 28-21 win over the Bucs Oct. 18, 2004, on ABC. Hmm, guess that means they won't be scheduling any more games involving Warren Sapp on MNF.