■ So Ken Griffey Jr. was asleep in the clubhouse when the Seattle Mariners wanted him to pinch-hit in a recent game. In Cincinnati, some believe Junior slept through most of his time as a Red.
■ Early weather reports mention a chance of rain Saturday for the Preakness. That cheering you just heard came from Super Saver's stall.
■ That said, I like Lookin At Lucky on Saturday. Despite another troubled trip on Kentucky Derby Day, the Bob Baffert entry still made his way through bottlenecks to finish sixth and was running at the end. I also approve the idea of a new rider in Martin Garcia.
■ Take note, Rich Brooks, wherever you might be fishing at the moment: Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher wants to move the annual Florida-Florida State football game to the beginning of the season.
■ Not sure I've witnessed a more entertaining hoops sight than Steve Nash, his right eye nearly swollen shut, working fourth-quarter magic for the Phoenix Suns in their sweep of San Antonio on Sunday night.
■ More tough times for ex-UK baseball coach John Cohen at Mississippi State. His team's current 11-game losing streak is the school's longest since 1948.
■ News item: The Associated Press will revote its defensive rookie of the year award after it was revealed that winner Brian Cushing tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Now if the Raiders could just re-draft that No. 1 pick in 2007.
■ Speaking of JaMarcus Russell, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times figured out that the quarterback bust made $110,000 for every completion. If there would have been more completions, Russell would still be a Raider.
■ The big in Big Ten could stand for basketball next season. With the deadline having passed for withdrawing from the draft, next season's pre-season poll is likely to list Purdue, Michigan State and Ohio State among the top four or five teams.
■ Before you bang on Tubby Smith for not extracting the most from Rajon Rondo in a two-year college career, don't forget that Rick Pitino passed on Rondo altogether. Whatever happened to Sebastian Telfair, anyway?
■ Don't look now, but heading into Tuesday night's game at Pittsburgh, the Reds had won 10 of 14.
■ New Jersey Nets General Manager Rod Thorn told the Newark Star-Ledger this about John Wall: "He plays better in the last five minutes than he does in the first five minutes."
■ I hear that when he eats at restaurants, Calvin Borel asks for a table by the wall.
■ If you think college athletics isn't headed for some sort of financial meltdown, you might have missed the New York Times story reporting that before its renegotiated contract with the NCAA, CBS was going to pay ESPN to take the men's basketball tournament off its hands.
■ Did you see where twins David and Travis Wear are transferring out of North Carolina? Maybe they are just following the state motto, "First in Flight."
■ For all the publicity about Florida basketball's high number of transfers, the Gators are actually over the scholarship limit for next season.
■ Speaking of Billy Donovan, it's been three years since the UF coach did a U-turn after taking the Orlando Magic job. Consolation prize Stan Van Gundy has led Orlando to its second straight conference finals.