Clearing my mind and notebook while predicting Miami will stake an early claim to the ACC title when the Hurricanes play at Florida State on Sept. 16:

 Wisdom of Shaq

During an interview with Graham Bensinger on his YouTube channel, Shaquille O’Neal recalled how his lack of financial wisdom resulted in a bank overdraft of $80,000 not long after he signed a seven-figure endorsement deal in 1992 after being drafted by the Orlando Magic.

“When you are young and you don’t have a lot of business savvy, there are two words you forget about – FICA and sales tax,” said O’Neil. “I thought I was getting one million dollars straight up, but you forget about those things, and really maybe I got like $600,000.

“So I go and buy a $150,000 car (Mercedes) – no negotiations … The guy could have told me $200,000 and I would have bought it,” said O’Neil.

To make a long story short, he also bought expensive cars for his mom and dad. Then he went on another shopping spree for clothes, jewelry and accessories. And then came the call from his bank.

“I was real embarrassed, but (the bank manager) said I know you’ve got more money coming in so I’m just going to put this to the side for you.”

That was the wakeup call he needed to hire a financial advisor he could trust.

Headlines “OMG Rally Kitty OMG Rally Kitty OUCH! “Jim Harbaugh spends post-practice interview heaping praise on blade of grass that really impressed him.’ “Jay Cutler on signing with Dolphins: ‘I couldn’t pass up one last shot at 8-8’ ” “Report: Pickup basketball player too sweaty to guard.” “Saddest bro in world practices cornhole alone.”

For Pete’s sake

A planned roast of Pete Rose in Philadelphia was cancelled this week after it was alleged that during the baseball great’s playing days in the 1970s, he had a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

That didn’t stop comedian Steve Hofstetter from appearing on the “DA Show” on CBS Sports Radio to share with host Damon Amendolara what he had planned to say about Charlie Hustle.

“I had the opportunity to meet Pete Rose at the MGM in Las Vegas, where I stood in line to get his autograph for zero minutes,” said Hofstetter. “There were more people standing in line at Starbucks, but Starbucks isn’t as bitter.”

Also, Hofstetter revealed this gem of a jab.

“Pete Rose learned his ethics from his mentor, Marge Schott and now as he gets older he’s starting to look more and more like her.”

 Say what?

Malik Zaire, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame who is confidently contending for the starting quarterback job at the University of Florida doesn’t fear failure but he’s not taking anything for granted, either.

But with the season-opening game against Michigan fast approaching on Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, Zaire went metaphorical with his thoughts, describing the competition like being thrown into a fast-flowing river.

“You can see at the end of it there’s a waterfall and at the end of the waterfall you know that’s death,” said Zaire. “That’s the end of it. You’re going at a fast pace, but at the end of the day you see there’s a rock that you can grab onto.

“I just focus on grabbing the rock. I don’t focus at the end of the waterfall. … For me it’s just one day at a time.”

 They said it

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “How do you become a voter on the Amway Coaches Poll? Do you have to recruit 10 other voters who then recruit 10 other voters and so on?”

Janice Hough of “The NBA will have the Brooklyn Nets play two regular season games in Mexico City this season. And if it works well, next year the league might send a professional team.”

RJ Currie of “ puts the Ole Miss debacle — NCAA violations and a coach gone for “patterns of personal misconduct” — as the No. 1 college scandal ever. Ole Miss is a big ole mess.”

 Wrong way

Here’s one own goal that’s hard to explain.

In an Estonian Cup match, professional club Levadia Tallinn scored its first goal in a 3-1 win over Paide Linnameeskond just 15 seconds into the match. And yes, not one Levadia player ever touched the ball.

Yes, you read that right.

Paide began the game with a series of four back passes. But after  goalkeeper Magnus Karofeld distributed the ball to left back Martin Kase, he was caught off guard when Kase pushed it back to him. Karofeld tried to chase it down but his sliding attempt to get to the ball was unsuccessful and it rolled into the right corner.

Kase had three of the five touches for Paide, which went on to lose 3-1.


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