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The Heat's Sumo solution

Sumo      Apologies for the photo at left. Then again, if you're from South Florida, it probably is nothing worse than you've seen on Haulover Beach.

     Have you heard? Heat coach Pat Riley said -- kiddingly, thank God -- that he might deploy Japanese sumo wrestlers in practices to work against Shaquille O'Neal, to duplicate the physical pounding Shaq takes during games from defenders pushing into him.

     Here's an even better idea to help keep aggressive defenders off O'Neal's back.

     Have Shaq compete in games wearing one of those cheek-baring, sumo-styled diapers. Seriously. If you see Shaq wearing that, backing up at you, what are you going to do? Press up against him ... or run like hell?