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OVERRATED

Published Aug. 24, 2005

+ Veteran leadership. It didn't help the Bucs much, now did it?

+ Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, whose team allowed 55 points to USC in the national championship game. Can we please stop calling this guy a defensive genius?

UNDERRATED

+ Goose Gossage, Lee Smith and Bruce Sutter. How can Hall of Fame voters continue to ignore these legendary closers?

+ Sherbet.

RANDOM WEIRDNESS

+ Manchester City (England) midfielder Joey Barton had to apologize to his team recently for stubbing a lighted cigar into the face of a teammate at the club Christmas party.

+ At the home opener of the Kansas City Knights minor league basketball team, cheerleaders stripped down to bikini tops and thongs. Club management quickly ordered them to change into street clothes.