-- Classy stuff: The Temple Owls football squad recently donated their $1,500 meal money during a road game with Clemson to a trust fund to aid Tiger frosh safety Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has custody of his 11-year-old brother ... Former Michigan State head football coach Duffy Daugherty: "I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades" ... Another stadium gets renamed: The Orange "Brawl" (soon to be renovated with seating reduced from 74,000 to 62,000) ... ESPN announcer Lou Holtz sounds like a character from a bad Red Skelton skit ... Did you know sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein has had four knee surgeries from doing gymnastics?
-- Bears QB Rex Grossman is so popular he has to go out in public in disguise--as Sammy Sosa ... Sports Illustrated player poll--most overrated players in the NFL: Terrell Owens (Cowboys), 10%; Brian Urlacher (Bears), 8%; and Michael Vick (Falcons), 7%. Dirtiest player? Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, 23% ... Bengals rebel WR Chad Johnson has found a way around the NFL's new rule against excessive end-zone celebration. He has stopped scoring!
-- Brookwood High School in Gwinnett, Ga., has a booster club that annually raises over $500,000 and spends over $13,000 on travel costs per out-of-town game.
-- According to Sharon Spadaro, King George VI's first name was Albert.
-- Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is still not quite right after losing to Detroit. Yesterday he announced he is firing Bucs coach Jon Gruden ... Yankee clubhouse--25 players, 25 cabs ... The odds of the Tigers winning the World Series at the start of the season were 250,000 to 1. Would have been nice to put $10 on that ... Hall of Fame P Jim Palmer was once dueling Gaylord "Old Drool Hand Luke" Perry when he discovered pine tar fingerprints on the ball. When confronting the umpires, they jokingly informed him, "Would you like us to take Gaylord to the precinct and book him?" ... Next year they may be called the Detroit Cheatahs ... One way to make the Series more exciting would be to buy actor Mel Gibson a couple of drinks and ask him what he thinks about Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg ... After 18 years in the Braves broadcast booth, Don Sutton has been dismissed.
-- Would love to see the Anaheim Ducks whip the Buffalo Sabres for the Stanley Cup.
-- In closing, this from our own Leo Coughlin: "Doctor, Doctor, some days I feel like a tepee and other days I feel like a wigwam." Doctor: "You're too tents."
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)
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