The answering machine has conveyed some significant sports transactions in recent years. Just ask now unemployed John Robinson.
DEC. 16, 1997—Robinson cues up his machine and discovers a message from Southern Cal athletic director Mike Garrett telling him he's no longer the Trojans' football coach.
APRIL 5, 1995—Montreal Expos reliever John Wetteland checks his machine en route to spring training. Finds out he's headed to the wrong camp—he has been traded to the New York Yankees.
JAN. 10, 1992—Brian Shaw arrives home pondering why he warmed the Boston Celtics bench that night. A message from coach Chris Ford clues him in: He has been shipped to the Miami Heat.
JULY 22, 1991—After years of squabbling with coach Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks forward Troy Murray hears his favorite voice on the machine telling him he has been sent to the Winnipeg Jets.