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What could Isaiah Rider and Dan Issel be so happy about?

Isaiah Rider, Dan Issel

We figured you'd have plenty of ideas about what was going on and being said by these two Denver Nuggets, so Page 2 asked you to come up with some clever captions. You filled our mailbag with 703 responses.

Here's a look at some of the best caption suggestions from our readers.

"Well, Isaiah, to tell the truth, I am not really what you might call a 'basketball coach.' But I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night!"
Annapolis, Md.

"Dammit, Isaiah, this is the last time I'm gonna tell you. You smoke your defender, then shoot the J, not the other way around."
Ric Cline

"... and then, the whole team hated me. What? It's happened to you, too?"
Platteville, Wis.

"No, Isaiah. They call it the Mile High City because of the altitude."
John C.
San Diego

"So you told Shaq that Kobe thought he hogs the ball and you told Kobe that Shaq thinks he hogs the ball ... and you made the whole thing up?"
Avi Spira
Great Neck, N.Y.

"Did you hear the one about the dysfunctional power forward with the guaranteed contract? So he says to the coach without a clue ..."
Scarsdale, N.Y.

"So how's your wife and my kids?"

"See, I told you the Nuggets would get some national TV time this year. Yes, we do still suck, but we get to play the Wizards!"
Erik Wilhelmi
Lawrence, Kan.

"... and so then the Texan says, 'Remember the Alamo,' and throws him off the plane!"
William Michael
Warren, Ore.

"I was gonna sneak into the playoffs, but then I got high. Now we're stuck in last and I know why ... because I got high, because I got high, because I got high ..."
Elon Dunston
Geneseo, N.Y.

Dan: "I think it is great that you showed up for the game, but It ended an hour ago."

Isaiah: " Well, at least I showed up."
Glen Scribner
Kohnstown, N.Y.

"And just think, Isaiah, after John Elway, Patrick Roy, Todd Helton, Joe Sakic, Tom Jackson, Jason Elam, Chris Drury, Mike Hampton, Terrell Davis, Alex Tanguay, Rod Smith, Brian Griese, Todd Hollandsworth, Mike Anderson, Bob Hartley, Olandis Gary, Ben Petrick, Bill Romanowski, Mike Shanahan, Milan Hejduk, Denny Neagle, and The Entire Colorado Rockies hockey organization ... you just might be Denver's Favorite Son."
Christopher Dehner
Alpharetta, Ga.

Josh Kim
Pinckneyville, Ill.

Isaiah and Dan share a chuckle after they both realize they are getting paid to do what they "do."
Sam Kim
Cerritos, Calif.

Dan and Isaiah discuss the comic irony of Isaiah's missing out on the Lakers' run and instead ending up in Denver.
Scott Rozmus
Wood Dale, Ill.

Dan: "So, what's the chance you'll stay clean this season, stay out of trouble, and give 100 percent on the court?

Isaiah: (Uncontrolled laughter) "Good one, coach!"
Avon, Ind.

Issel: "Man, those were great brownies, Isaiah!"
Arlington, Va.

Isaiah Rider can't help but laugh as Dan Issel attempts to use the words "prompt," "practice" and "teamwork" in the same sentence.
John Fisch

"Hey, coach, should you always be grinnin' so much when your pattin' another guy's butt?"
Dave Chambers
Portland, Ore.

"Why did I miss my flight? ... Funny story actually ..."
Los Angeles

"So I hired Jeff Gillooly to whack Jordan in the knees with a tire iron."
Paul Cleary
Newton, N.J.

I can't believe you fell for the "pull my finger" gag!
Chuck Swanson
Bradenton, Fla.

"You're right, Isaiah! When the big hand is on the two and the little hand is on the three, it's 10 minutes past your next disappointing season with a terrible franchise."
Brian Burton
Gurnee, Ill.

"The Sixers traded for Derrick Coleman again!?!"
Brian Lipski
Moscow, Russia

"No, seriously, Anna Kournikova's a real tennis player. Pro and everything."
Carl Hayes

And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Denver Nuggets' Isaiah Rider, left, shares a laugh with coach Dan Issel during the second quarter of an exhibition game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 18 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

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Mystery Photo Sept. 7: Tough shot

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

Mystery photo Aug. 3: Hoops, I did it again

Mystery photo July 27: I've got it!

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Mystery photo June 22: Caught in the act

Mystery photo June 18: What's up with Bobby Cox?

Mystery photo June 8: Kobe Bryant plugged

Mystery photo June 1: Something about Shaq

Mystery photo May 25: Two wild and crazy guys

Mystery photo May 17: Nothing but net

Mystery photo May 11: Tim and Jerry

Mystery photo May 3: Drop 'em

Mystery photo April 27: Great seats, eh?

Mystery photo April 23: Ready, aim ...

Mystery photo April 16: Hey, buddy

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