This really shouldn’t have been as incredible as it was.

There was no iconic venue, as the Philadelphia Phillies’ picturesque stadium was less than a decade old. The weather didn’t exactly put the Winter in the Classic: The game was delayed by sun glare and was eventually played in 45-degree weather with some spotty drizzle. While the Rangers were in their first outdoor game, the Flyers had played in one two years earlier.

I remember jumping in some leaves, getting so cold outside we got locked out of a car, Jordan said with a chuckle. But he also fondly remembers meeting a number of my dad’s co-workers, and they turned out to be legends. You talk about (defensive end) Chris Doleman, you talk about (safety) Joey Browner, (running back) Darrin Nelsons of the game. I won’t talk about Herschel Walker, because he ruined (that) franchise.

You grow up and you get drafted by the Saints, Jordan added. This is my team. This is my family.

Saints coach Sean Payton generally urges his players to refrain from providing opponents with bulletin-board material, but didn’t sound inclined to rein in Jordan.

It’s just Cam’s personality, Payton said. He’s humorous and I think he genuinely enjoys what he does and that’s just how it’s expressed. Outside of that, I’m glad he’s on our team.

Jeter grew accustomed to fawning news coverage during his playing career, and he’s learning (or at least, he should be learning) that the same rules don’t apply in the owners’ suite. He’s a target for criticism now, whether he’s sitting in a booth watching a Dolphins game during the winter meetings or enlisting someone else to do the dirty work and fire holdovers from the previous administration. Until the Marlins turn the corner, he better get used to it.

Stephenson hasn’t been the only guard guilty of probing for shots, however.

Check out this particularly egregious possession against Minnesota, wherein Collison ignores that Myles Turner has his man sealed under the basket in order to settle for having his own shot blocked by Karl Anthony-Towns, instead.

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