1. Phil Rizzuto: The Hall of Fame shortstop died yesterday at the age of 89. He now can argue with Harry Caray about who made the phrase Holy Cow! more popular.
2. Michael Vick: Is another The Longest Yard remake in the offing? The question isn’t whether Vick will start for the Falcons, but whether Vick will start for the Mean Machine at the State Pen.
3. Don Imus: The shock jock is planning a comeback with radio station WABC. His settlement with CBS Radio over his lawsuit also is pending.
4. Placido Polanco: The Tigers second baseman sets a record for consecutive errorless games and beats out opera legend Domingo in a Favorite Placido survey.
5. Vince Young: The Titans quarterback apologizes to teammates for getting suspended for leaving the team hotel to sleep at home. Hey, Vince, they’ll give you foam pillows. Just ask.
TWT FIVE POSSIBLE (AND IMPROBABLE) DESTINATIONS FOR BARRY BONDS NEXT YEAR
1. San Francisco Giants — The new home run king says he wants to stay put, and there’s no doubt the hometown fans adore the guy. The problem is he wants to play for a winner.
2. Oakland Athletics — Bonds’ wouldn’t have to move and wouldn’t have to play the field, and Oakland fans always have embraced athletes with larger than life personas.
3. New York Yankees — Money is no object, and maybe the Yankees wouldn’t mind replacing one alumnus of Balco Tech (Jason Giambi) with another.
4. Detroit Tigers — Bonds played for Tigers manager Jim Leyland when both were in Pittsburgh, and despite occasional clashes, they supposedly get along well now. But with Gary Sheffield on the club, is there enough flaxseed oil to go around?
5. Washington Nationals — With Karl Rove gone, the nation’s capital needs someone to fill the polarizing figure void.
HE SAID WHAT?
Which is kind of frightening. — Joe Gibbs Racing head J.D. Gibbs on newly signed Kyle Busch reminding him of team member Tony Stewart
TONIGHT’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION
The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians battle for first place in the American League Central. ESPN, 7 p.m.