Tip shots

— The greatest of all time

Magic Johnson may have said it best: “There’s Michael Jordan and then there’s the rest of us.”

Jordan, the greatest player ever to set foot on a basketball court and possibly the greatest athlete of the 20th century, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last evening in Springfield, Mass.

His Airness was presented to the Hall of Fame by former North Carolina State and NBA star David Thompson — a player Jordan said he grew up idolizing as Thompson led the Wolf Pack to the championship in 1974.

Jordan, 46, continues to work in basketball today. He is a part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and his Jordan-brand athletic equipment continues to be a top seller.

— Living on a prayer

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and the Fighting Irish will visit Michigan today and it doesn’t appear to be quite the walkthrough some thought it may have been before last week’s Wolverine domination of Western Michigan.

Despite a contract through 2015, Notre Dame’s droves of fans have Weis on the hot seat if the Irish don’t win enough games to make a BCS bowl game.

Meanwhile, Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez could be on his way out when the season concludes as well after allegations surfaced his team’s violated NCAA rules for practice time. The Wolverines lead the all-time series between the institutions 20-15-1.

— Money for nothing

Andrea McNulty, the woman who is suing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has asked the athlete to just admit rape, apologize and donate a portion of the money to a charity.

Rothelisberger’s attorney, David Cornwell, promptly rejected McNulty’s offer and called the poposal bizarre.

Lucky numbers

7 — The millions of dollars NBA star Ron Artest lost after the 2004 melee in Auburn Hills, Mich., where he and members of his ex-team, the Indiana Pacers, fought Detroit fans in the stands after one tossed a beer on Artest.

Now — almost five years later — that fan, John Green, and Artest have put aside their differences from the fight and are now oddly enough friends. The two are planning appearances on the talk show circuit and will also have a rendezvous at charity event.

27 — The points per game averaged so far in the 15-year NBA career of Allen Iverson.

The 34-year-old point guard signed on this week to play with the Memphis Grizzlies after splitting time last season with Denver and Detroit.

57 — The combined rushing and passing touchdowns sophomore Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor stands behind when compared with those collected by Michael Vick from 1998 to 2000 at Virginia Tech.

In last week’s game against Navy, Pryor wore Vick’s name in eyeblack under his left eye. “I just feel that people need to give him a chance,” Pryor said. “He made his mistake and I think he just needs more support.”

Compiled by Patrick Connelly, Allied News sports editor. Images by The Associated Press. Follow the sports department of The Allied News on Twitter at twitter.com/AlliedSports.

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