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ESPN's Rick Reilly accidentally damages the planet

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All of Gotham is restless with anticipation as word nears this evening about whether New York edged the other four finalists in ESPN's "Mt. Rushmore of Sports" feature.

My money is on the Empire State, but there always is danger of an anti-New York backlash.

One of the few things I did not include in my post Friday on "Mt. Rushmore" host Rick Reilly was his story about leaving his car running while he was in Bristol recording segments on the five finalists.

"That was my very bad error for the planet," he said.

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Photo: AP"It was my birthday, those five states that we did. We had come from the Super Bowl, and it was freakin' freezing, so I started the car at the Residence Inn and went in to have a cup of coffee and a bowl of granola while the car warmed up, because I can't even tell you how cold it was.

"And I go out there after 10 minutes, and the car is locked. The car door is locked! So I have to be at the studio in 10 minutes and it's a 10-minute drive. I called [my tape is unclear here; I don't know whether he said the police or AAA or some other car-unlocking entity] and said, 'Will you come unlock the car and leave the keys in the car?' They said, 'No, sir, you have to be there.'

"I said, 'I can't be there, I have to be spend the whole day in the studio. 'No, you have to be there.' I was like, 'Oh, crap.' So I tried to call Skip Bayless in his room and say, 'Skip, give me a ride!' But I couldn't get him. So I hollered out to anyone in the breakfast room: 'Can anybody give me a ride to ESPN?'"

"Some guy says, 'I'll take you there.' So he takes me there, and I could not get to the freakin' car until 3 o'clock. Holy . . . So the car is in the parking lot the whole time, melting. That was my very bad error for the planet."

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