• Ben Roethlisberger played Super Bowl XLIII with two fractured ribs.
Yet this he-man tough guy is afraid of cheerleaders?
• Charles Barkley has sobered up enough since his wild New Year’s Eve to make a triumphant return to the TNT studios.
• Tiger Woods is a proud papa once again, as he & wife Elin welcome little Charlie Axel into the world.
• A Red Sox fan gets to spend 9 months in jail for thrashing someone who tapped him with a Thunderstick.
Hey, readers! Hope you’ve all calmed down from that exciting, thrilling, heart-stopping Pro Bowl in Hawaii yesterday! And now I hope you all get worked up again, ’cause it’s time for another SbB Clever Caption Contest!
But since you’re probably all Pro-Bowled out, today’s photo features Malik Rose of the New York Knicks making a new four-legged friend:
How adorable. What sweet (or sour) words can you add to this cuddly canine scene? Submit your suggestions into the comments section linked below. Winner will be announced in the end-of-the-day recap, and have his or her belly rubbed by Mike D’Antoni. (We were originally going to have Isiah Thomas perform that duty, but we thought better of it.)
Anyway, good luck and good writing!
After throwing nearly $50 million away on Stephon Marbury, Eddy Curry, Jerome James and Malik Rose, who may combine to contribute only Rose’s garbage time minutes, the Knicks are finally making a sound business decision: they’re recouping their Marbury costs, one game at a time.
Get your notepad ready, because a series of events this complex and asinine could only happen under James Dolan. First the Knicks told Marbury he wouldn’t play, but they’d still pay him. Then, shorthanded on Wednesday, they told Marbury he had to play, since they were paying him. He then refused to play, mad because they hadn’t been playing him. Now they’re refusing to pay for his refusal to play. Got all that? Now you’ve caught up on the last week of As the Garden Turns. (All this, plus Magic throwing Isiah under the bus, after the jump.)