I've always considered there to be seven categories of pro sports athletic achievement. In ascending order of accomplishment:

-- All-Star/Pro Bowler

-- First Team All-Star/All-Pro

-- League MVP

-- Team Hall/Wall/Ring of Fame

-- Hall of Famer

-- Number Retired

-- Statue Worthy

"I wish we had $90 million under the salary cap. I wish we could buy the world. We can’t. The only thing we can do is work hard, and all the negativity that’s in this town sucks. I’ve been around when Jim Rice was booed. I’ve been around when [Carl] Yastrzemski was booed.



Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall said he hasn't been playing with enough emotion this season, and he promised that will change Monday night against the Jets. In fact, Marshall predicted he'll be so fired up that he will "get kicked out of the game in the second quarter" and "might do something to get fined $50,000." Pressed to clarify, he insisted, "I'm not joking." Marshall even offered specific examples of what he might do, including picking a fight with Jets linebacker Bart Scott or punting a football 15 rows into the crowd.

LeBron James, looking for something to do during the NBA lockout, sent out a tweet Tuesday wondering about the deadline for an NFL team to sign a free agent. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll saw an opportunity to put his recruiting skills to work, so he offered up a tryout and tweeted a picture of a LeBron Seahawks jersey. LeBron was impressed, although Carroll warned that the money wouldn't be same as what LeBron makes with the Heat. Tweeted Carroll: are you aware of what the League's rookie minimum is? Tweeted back LeBron: Yeah, more than what I'm making now Coach.

Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry, never known as one who keeps his opinions to himself, went on a tirade last week about the movement to eliminate fighting from the NHL. During his speech, Cherry took a shot at three retired enforcers who he claimed are now speaking out against fighting -- Stu Grimson, Jim Thomson and former Bruin Chris Nilan -- calling them "pukes," "turncoats" and "hypocrites."

A woman who ran and walked the Chicago Marathon Sunday gave birth to a baby girl that evening. Amber Miller was nearly 39 weeks pregnant with her second child but got permission from her doctors to run half the race and walk the rest. She said she felt contractions toward the end of the course but continued on and even stopped for some food before heading to the hospital. "Everybody just kind of stared as I'm running by," she said.

A 31-year-old man was arrested Sunday after running toward the seventh green at CordeValle golf course in San Martin, Calif., and throwing a hot dog in the direction of Tiger Woods during the final round of the Frys.com Open. "I was kind of focusing on my putt when he started yelling," said Woods, who finished in a tie for 30th. "Next thing I know, he laid on the ground and looked like he wanted to be arrested, really, because he laid on the ground, put his hands behind his back and turned his head."

It’s been a whirlwind of a week in Boston.

The Red Sox part ways with their manager and everyone wants to know the dirt inside the clubhouse.

The Patriots are 3-1 with a defense leaking more than a Cape House roof following a Nor’Easter.



Following comments from University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari that were dismissive of Rick Pitino's Louisville program, Pitino responded in an interview with CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman. "Four things I've learned in my 59 years about people," Pitino said. "I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid."

Added Pitino: "If the shoe fits anyone, wear it."

On Tuesday, Brett Favre did a radio interview in Atlanta and said he was surprised that it took his replacement in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, three years to win a Super Bowl title considering how talented the Packers have been since Favre's departure. NBC football analyst (and former Patriot) Rodney Harrison responded by calling Favre "classless" and "immature." Added Harrison of Favre: "Everything he's accomplished in his career is now diminished. … He's about himself. He's about nothing else but himself."