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Shaq signing with Celtics makes a winner out of David Stern

Who's the happiest pro sports commissioner today:

Bud Selig, who watched as Mark Cuban's bid at auction for the Texas Rangers fell short;

David Stern, who must be ecstatic over what has happened to the Celtics-Lakers rivalry with Boston's signing of Shaquille O'Neal:

or Roger Goodell, who spent Wednesday in a pizza oven Ashburn, Va., aswering questions about Albert Haynesworth and conditioning tests and gets to follow it up today with questions about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in Latrobe, Pa.?

While no one is upset that Nolan Ryan will be a baseball owner (although Bob Gibson would be better), you have to admit Cuban would have been far more entertaining, if only for the tweets.

In bathroom at hotel. Guys asks to take pic w me. #justplainwrong #hellnoless than a minute ago via T-Mobile Sidekick

Instead, shortly after 1 a.m., Selig missed out on a great opportunity to make a boatload of dough with owner fines and got Ryan, who said his "emotional roller coaster" ride ended. Sigh.

It's always tough to top Cuban, but Shaq (attraction or distraction?) did it, challenging Jim Rome to a fight via Twitter shortly after signing with the Celtics.

Goodell, a day after being asked about Super Bowls in Washington and conditioning tests and Santana Moss, faced questions about Roethlisberger, the guy he's suspended at the start of the season. At least it's cooler there.

The winner? Stern. If only for the possibilities this presents:

hello green town. ok what u got 4 nicknames? make um goodless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

By Cindy Boren  |  August 5, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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Posted by: chrislarry | August 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"a pizza oven"? lol, that's funny. Yes, Ashburn is baking hot like one! Today's expecting the mid 90's with high humidity. Typical August weather, go figure.

btw- Shanahan says Haynesworth is expecting MRI for his knee..

Maybe it'll find a hamburger inside as the cause of soreness.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Why, thank you, ChrIs. It's exhausting work--I don't know how you hamsters did it. Oh, wait. I do. It involved beer. I don't mind the heat, Red; I mind that it began in mid-April and has not let up.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe this blog has been properly christened yet. Allow me:

F chRIs LarRy

Posted by: 4-12 | August 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I be baptized! 4-12 making me LOL and like such as draw odder looks than usual.

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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