-- College football's oldest fan, Rutgers grad Walter Seward, age 110, is cheering louder than ever. Asked what he thinks of rival Louisville, he replied, "Never heard of 'em" ... One of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's closest friends insists he would have interest in returning as Miami's head coach ... Arizona's head man Mike Stoops signed eight five-star recruits plus the nation's top junior college player (DE Louis Holmes) last February and could compete for the Pac-10 title in 2007.
-- How about the Cowboys' assistant coach who is suing McDonald's over an alleged dead rat in his wife's salad? ... The Patriots could line up Martha Stewart and Dr. Ruth at wide receiver and quarterback--Tom Brady still would find a way to win ... The Titans suspended Pacman Jones for a series of incidents, including spitting in the face of a woman in a nightclub. Witnesses say the culprit was either Pacman or a spittin' image ... Scientists are now developing a so-called "cloak of invisibility". Unfortunately, it will not be perfected in time to make the 2006 Bucs season disappear! ... Did you know former Raiders Hall of Fame center Jim Otto had nearly 60 operations, including 48 on his knees, three on his nose and back? ... Ex-Dolphin Bob Kuechenberg recently stated this year's team had no soul. Defensive star Jason Taylor responded, "He's a grumpy old man who needs a hug and a hobby."
-- According to Brian Tulinski, Chinese gooseberries come from New Zealand.
-- New Mexico hoopster Tyrone Nelson was indicted for allegedly robbing a pizza delivery guy. Reportedly he said, "Bring me a large pepperoni and make sure the delivery dude has change, because all I have is a $700 bill ... A courtside seat for a Bulls or Knicks game is now up to $2,504 ... 6'10, 250-lb. Lake Oswego High School (Ore.) senior Kevin Love is considered one of the five best recruits in the class of 2007. You might have heard of his uncle, Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love.
--The umps should have been suspicious of Tiger pitcher Kenny Rogers in the playoffs when he threw a pitch and the ball stuck to the bat ... The World Series could have been livelier if Mel Gibson had been interviewed and asked to talk about Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg ... Just as well Detroit didn't win it all--one of their pitchers would have probably dropped the championship trophy (they committed five crucial errors).
-- Penguins' 20-year-old millionaire phenom Sidney Crosby: "My grandmother still gives me $20 for Christmas. Some things never change."
-- In closing, Jim Kahlmeyer, Clearwater Phillies "usher of the year" in 2001, tells us some of the artists of the '60s are revising their music hits with new lyrics to accommodate baby boomers in their golden years. They include Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker" and Ringo Starr's "I Get By With A Little Help From Depends."
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)
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