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He advises giving Michael Jordan a clear shot

From one who gave up game-winning shot to another, Craig Ehlo advises Bryon Russell to stay quiet about wanting to challenge Jordan after he called him out in his Hall of Fame induction speech.

October 01, 2009|Mark Medina

The thread that ties Craig Ehlo and Bryon Russell together is one that's based on Michael Jordan burying a game-winning shot against them.

From one victim to another, Ehlo advised Russell to stay quiet about wanting to challenge Jordan after he called him out in his Hall of Fame induction speech.

"I would tell Bryon, 'Just let it go,' " Ehlo told FanHouse. "It happened, and it's a great memory. But you don't want him to go out and embarrass you, and let it happen twice."

Jordan's jumper over Ehlo in Game 5 of the 1989 first-round series between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the series.

His jumper against Russell in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals featuring the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz secured Chicago's sixth title.

As for Ehlo, he wasn't offended Jordan didn't refer to him in the Hall of Fame speech.

"He doesn't need to mention me," Ehlo said. "That shot holds its own water. It's been on a Gatorade commercial and on ESPN Classic. He doesn't need to mention it anymore."

Trivia question

Which networks have broadcast the most Super Bowls?

War of words

Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens is pledging not to indulge in making any more controversial statements.

That apparently will include his argument with former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. The NBC analyst criticized Owens following a 27-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, in which the receiver said in four instances, "Just going with the plays called" after failing to make a catch for the first time since his rookie season.

Owens shot back via Twitter, referencing Harrison's suspension in 2007 for using a banned substance.

"When it comes down to it, I'm a champion," Harrison said to Dan Patrick on Patrick's national radio show. "He'll never have that on his resume."

Even if Owens decides to respond, he doesn't exactly have a rebuttal.

$5 footlongs

Move over, Jared.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson is the new Subway guy.

The 6-foot-10 Jefferson says he lost 31 pounds -- from 293 to 262 -- in seven months because he ate their sandwiches.

"Ham and turkey on wheat bread," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Footlongs, sometimes I eat two footlongs."

What about becoming the new Jared Fogle, Subway's spokesman who thinned down by eating their sandwiches?

Said Jefferson: "I'm going to speak to my agent about the possibility."

Trivia answer

CBS and NBC, with 16 each.

And finally

ESPN's Rick Reilly, on Chad Ochocinco's autobiography: "Who doesn't treasure a love story, even if it's just a man and his mirror."

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