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Imagine How Big the One for His Ego Is

November 21, 2001|Mal Florence

Atlanta clothier David Corbitt told Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle that Deion Sanders has a 4,000-square-foot closet.

"And that's just for his suits," Corbitt said. "The shoes have their own closet. It's about a thousand square feet. I'd say he has 300 to 400 pair."

Corbitt has made about 700 suits for Sanders, who retired from baseball and football this year and is now getting good reviews on CBS' NFL coverage.

Corbitt designs suits for many high-profile customers, among them Muhammad Ali, Roger Clemens and Gary Sheffield.

"I used to work with Barry Bonds, but he was too difficult to work with," Corbitt said. "He'd change his mind too often."

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Trivia time: Who holds the NBA single-season record for assists?

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Go for it: Mitch Albom in the Detroit Free Press on the 0-9 Lions:

"There's nothing special in going 7-9.

"There is even less in going 4-12, or 3-13. Ah, but 0-16. Winless. A perfect season. Now there's a milestone.

"True, it's not a milestone you wear proudly. It's more like making your high school yearbook as 'Most Likely to Develop Hemorrhoids.' But, hey, it puts you on the map."

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Simple answer: After intercepting a pass by Ryan Leaf and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles' 36-3 rout of the Cowboys, Philadelphia linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was asked if Leaf looked like a quarterback struggling to learn a new system.

"No," Trotter said. "He just looked like Ryan Leaf."

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Mike's entourage: Bernie Lincicome in the Rocky Mountain News: "No matter how often Michael Jordan trails chum like a bait boat, the press always swallows it, hook and all.

"Jordan does for a slow news day what a marble does for a spray-paint can, stirs things up."

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Midas touch: Why play on the PGA Tour when you have a better gig? Commissioner Tim Finchem earned $2.25 million in 1999.

"He might be underpaid," Scott Hoch said. "Look what he has done."

Under Finchem, the PGA Tour's total revenue has increased from $280.4 million in 1995 to $634 million last year.

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Open door: Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune, grumbling in print on the Buccaneers losing to the Chicago Bears:

"They lost it with their lousy offensive line, which helped the Bucs to rumble to 19 yards on the ground. You've heard of the Seven Blocks of Granite. Meet the Six Buckets of Gravy."

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Trivia answer: John Stockton of the Utah Jazz, with 1,164 in 1990-91. He's also second and third on the all-time list.

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And finally: Woody Paige of the Denver Post didn't care for the odor emanating from the Broncos' 17-10 loss to the Redskins on Sunday in Denver:

"Tens of thousands of people were leaving the malodorous stadium in the second quarter--and not because of the foul weather. It was not a day to be downwind of the Broncos or the Redskins....

"The Broncos had a stinking total of 186 yards on offense--and one touchdown, at home, in a crucial game, against a bunch of rummies."

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