-- NHL Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is suing his Michigan neighbor who is spying on him and constantly filming his house. Who knew Patriots coach Bill Belichick even lived in Michigan? ... Cowboys paid a 72-year-old lady $3 million for her house in order to buy land for their new stadium (eight times what she originally paid for it--$351,000). Then Dallas hired the woman's lawyer to run their red zone offense ... Denver running back Travis Henry recently tested positive for pot. Isn't Denver the Mile "High" City? ... Quarterback Michael Vick probably wishes the Falcons had called the pooch kick more often.
-- Penn State coach Joe Paterno was involved in a road rage incident on campus last month. The surprising part--who knew Joe still drives? ... Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus" isn't signaling a score. He's throwing his hands up in frustration after nine consecutive bowl defeats and a 1-8 record this year ... USC is still reeling from the loss of assistant Lane Kiffin to the Raiders ... New slogan for the out of control Texas Longhorn players: "Preparing Tomorrow's Cincinnati Bengals Today".
-- Jerry Hunt tells us in golfing slang a "Volkswagen" is a bad shot that turns out well.
-- The most expensive World Series seat in Denver was $4,117 for an infield box behind third base. Whew! ... Did you know on September 24, 2000, Red Sox manager Terry Francona (then with the Phillies) had his tires slashed on "Fan Appreciation Day"? ... According to Sand Key ageless wonder Bill Buell, Danny McFadden was the first major league player to wear eye glasses ... Freakiest injury of the year--Brewer pitcher Matt Wise hurt his finger preparing a salad, slicing it on a pair of salad tongs ... A couple of months ago, 60-year-old Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch at a Chiba Lotte Mariners game in Japan--you guessed it: 85 mph.
-- Is Mavericks owner Mark Cuban really attempting to buy the Cubs? Hope he negotiates better than he dances ... The NBA has a new slogan: "Where Amazing Things Happen". Why not "Come Watch Our Referees Cheat!"
-- Track star Marion Jones, who a while back was stripped of her five Olympic medals, ran like a gazelle but we picture her more as a cheetah.
-- In closing, Phil Coraccio asks what happened to the frog that parked illegally. He was toad away.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)