Vic Funk (no relation to the phony Dr. Funk, Vince C.) writes “Mayhaps comic strip writers should lay off the basketball references if they’re gonna be less timely than ones Charles M. Shultz would come up with.”

A federal judge today ruled that Jermaine O’Neal can play in the Xmas day rematch betweeen the Pacers and Pistons. issued a temporary restraining order putting a halt to O’Neal’s suspension, upholding an arbitrator’s decision yesterday to slice 10 games off the 25 game suspenion imposed on the Indiana forward.

(Judge Daniels, shown receiving the “Most Likely To Undermine David Stern” award in 2000, presented by a man who may or may not be the actor Geoffrey Rush).