Self-absorbed pro athlete du jour

I am great, aren't I!

Pro baller Carmelo Anthony congratulated himself Saturday for dealing with distractions he created after turning down a $64.7 million contract extension.

“I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,” the Denver forward said about trade rumors that have swirled all season as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. “I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that’s going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don’t think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don’t think that.”

All that and humble, too.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s best imitation of a parody

“Tomorrow I meet Sarah Palin for the first time. I’m actually a little nervous as she is one of the only people that I can see that can possibly lead us out of where we are. I don’t know yet if she’s strong enough, if she’s well-enough advised or if she knows she can no longer trust anyone. I don’t know if she can lead and not lose her soul.”

Truly the most godforsaken pairing since Cindy Crawford and Billy Baldwin:

what is it about conservatives and dim, self-pitying egomaniacs?

What a surprise — former Miss California Carrie Prejean stole the show at the Value Voters Summit this weekend.

Prior to choking up, Prejean explained how she knew her answer would jeopardize all the work she had put into preparing for the pageant.

She said, however, that she believes she was chosen for that moment.

“God chose me for that moment because he knew that not only would I be the one to stand up for him and for the truth, but because he knew I was strong enough to get through all the junk that I’ve been through,” said Prejean.

What exactly has this self-serving bleep been through?