At Timberwolves media day before the 2004-05 season the hot topic was an offseason punch Kevin Garnett was said to have thrown at former Gophers standout Rick Rickert, a second-round draft pick of the Wolves in 2003.

Everyone in the organization, even Rickert, downplayed it at the time. But in an interview published at dleaguediary.com on Thursday, Rickert said this: "He was the reigning MVP at the time and I was going in there and not holding back and I was playing well and for whatever reason he didn't like that. Maybe I hit a jumper on him, but he sucker punched me."

required reading For a fascinating read about Texans running back Arian Foster and his open atheism, see Tim Keown's piece at ESPN.com.

required reading ii Dan Wetzel at Yahoo.com has a great look at how the NFL appears to have manipulated evidence against Tom Brady.