YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME
You don't play to just play it. That's the great thing about sports. You play to win. Unless you're Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins. In that case, you play to get paid, which is why you won't play for about another month. Wait, what? It's true. Chris Mortensen reports that they'll each report to the Chargers and Patriots respectively (upon a recommendation from the Players' Association) with just enough time left to play just enough games to win unrestricted free agency after this season. Mankins will report by November 16th. The roster-exempt Jackson will report by October 31st, because he still has to sit out three unpaid games before he is eligible to play the necessary six paid games to earn his sixth accrued season.
More from The Rundown, including some Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Star Trek: The Voyage Home, after the jump.
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
Someone (let's call him Deacon) once said (yesterday), "Deciding which Speedo to bring to Vegas is easier than you think. All of them." So who knows what the Lakers decided to pack for their trip there for their first game stateside as two-time defending champs? According to J.A. Adande, Kobe Bryant didn't pack the sleeve he's been wearing on his right knee, and didn't show any more bounce or lift than he did on their European vacation. He also didn't show much else, playing 18 minutes in a win against the Kings, scoring just 7 points on 2-for-10 shooting from the floor. Which means that for the preseason, he's now averaging 7.3 points per game on 4-for-28 shooting. Don't hurt yourself - that's 14.3 percent from the floor.
STAR TREK: THE VOYAGE HOME
The NHL tried to provide drama yesterday. There were six games on the schedule and all six were decided by a single goal. Four of the six games had the game-winning goal scored with less than four minutes left in the third period or later. Two of them were decided in overtime. But still, that's nothing like the drama that will unfold tonight in Dallas when Detroit comes to town (8:30 ET). Because that's when Mike Modano will skate against the Stars for the first time in his 21 year career. It's a career that saw him log more time with the Stars than Dallas has, since he debuted for the club when we called them the North Stars and they called Minnesota home. (Call it 1989.) He's the franchise leader in goals (557), assists (802), and points (1,359). Yet they let him go this summer.