Playoffs, geography not his strong suit

Before this past season, the Miami Dolphins last made the NFL playoffs seven years ago, so former team owner Wayne Huizenga might not have been accustomed to paying attention to the postseason.

The Dolphins made it to this season’s playoffs, losing 27-9 to the Baltimore Ravens in a wild-card game, but Huizenga apparently was unaware of the rest of the playoff field.

While discussing parity in the NFL during an interview this week with Miami radio station WAXY-AM, Huizenga revealed he didn’t realize the New York Giants made the playoffs this season.

“What’s great about the league is competitive balance. Every team has the same payroll; you don’t just have a few teams that can win,” he said. “Last year was a good example. The Giants win the Super Bowl last year, and this year they don’t make the playoffs.”

Actually they did, losing 23-11 at home to the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional playoff game.

Huizenga also must’ve missed a geography class or two. While talking to WAXY about the Pro Bowl moving from Hawaii to Miami, he said, “I’ve always been a fan of bringing it back to the U.S.”

Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

RICKEY LOVES RICKEY — While wondering if Rickey Henderson will deliver his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech in the third person, compiled a list of some memorable “Rickey being Rickey” moments, like the time Henderson called San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers and left the following message: “This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”

Other Rickey moments:

After Henderson struck out in a game in Seattle, the next batter walking past him heard him say, “Don’t worry, Rickey, you’re still the best.”

Henderson’s pregame ritual was to stand naked in front of a full-length mirror in the locker room and repeat to himself for several minutes, “Rickey’s the best.”

In 1996, Henderson’s first season with San Diego, he boarded the team bus and was looking for a seat. Teammate Steve Finley said, “You have tenure; sit wherever you want.” Replied Henderson: “Ten years? Rickey’s been playing at least 16, 17 years.”

BLOCKING TRAFFIC — The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has approved plans to rename a street near Heinz Field “Chuck Noll Way” in honor of the former coach, who led the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles.

Police radar units can’t wait to use it as a trap block.

NO DEBATE — Arizona State basketball coach Herb Sendek graduated summa cum laude from Carnegie Mellon, but he didn’t sound like a genius Tuesday as he wrapped up an answer to a question about choosing a conference most valuable player.

“The debate will always rage, Kobe or LeBron. In college, there will be those names every year,” he said.

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James never went to college.


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