Joe Torre Video Tribute Rip Taylor Runs The Lakers

• SI’s EXTRA MUSTARD relishes this video tribute to dearly departed Yankees skipper Joe Torre:

Joe Torre

• Meanwhile, THE BIG PICTURE ketches up with the man behind the Mustard, Jimmy Traina.

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING reports that ESPN is bringing their SportsNation to the radio airwaves.

• THE PAINTED AREA tosses some purple & gold confetti at Lakers owner Rip Taylor, er, Jerry Buss:

Rip Taylor Jerry Buss

• Staying tuned to the Lake Show, the ORLANDO SENTINEL realizes most Magic fans wouldn’t want to swipe their star Dwight Howard for Kobe.

• UPI skates in with news that the Pittsburgh Penguins have paid all their creditors back everything they owe - except for Mario Lemieux.

• BOSTONIST knows that Tom Brady may have captured the hearts of a few supermodels, but Peyton Manning’s captured the heart of America:

Tom Brady Peyton Manning

• Speaking of the QBs, PRO FOOTBALL 24-7 is surprised to learn that there are other storylines in the NFL besides the Pats & Colts.

• WPBF-TV stays true to their schools, as they list their favorite college football traditions.

• SPORTS ILLUSTRATED hot-foots it over to reveal that a Chinese shoe company has added Steve Francis as their first international spokesman:

Steve Francis

• BIG TEN TAILGATE gets airline sickness, as a plane buzzes a high school football game.

• Sticking to the gridiron, 100% INJURY RATE presents another edition of Friday Night Lights Fights.