Today in sports: Jeremy Lin won't be dunking during all-star weekend, the 3-point shot isn't just for guards anymore, and the Minnesota Vikings once again think they're close to a stadium deal.
When we heard Ron Jaworski was being removed from the Monday Night Football booth, we naturally assumed he was being demoted. Not so, per ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson, who broke the news to Jaworski. Williamson later told Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch that the network decided to make the move when "it came to us that we think we can unleash Jaws and put him in a lot of different places to make us better in a lot of different places." To sum up, it's not a demotion, it's an unleashing. And it didn't come from Jon Gruden or Mike Tirico, who isn't a stranger to in-booth power plays. It was divine revelation, ESPN style. [Sports Illustrated]
Jeremy Lin won't be participating in the dunk contest at the NBA's all-star game later this month, because the Knicks already have one representative (Iman Shumpert) booked for the contest. Commissioner David Stern -- who last year vetoed the trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers because he didn't think it was fair -- apparently cannot or will not tweak the dunk contest bylaws to let allow two players from the same team to participate. But there's good news: Lin is going to participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition on Saturday night. That's the trick shot competition in which each team is composed of an NBA, a WNBA player, and "one TNT on-air talent and legend" who try to hit baskets from various complicated angles. We think we speak for the world when we say, we'd rather see him dunk. Can't Iman Shumpert be persuaded to step aside gracefully? [New York Daily News via Deadspin]