-- Legendary horse Big Brown, whose career ended with an injury, is looking forward to life on a stud farm. Today you'll find him prancing around wearing a leering grin and a red velvet smoking jacket.
-- Rumor has it members of the Lions, Chiefs and Bengals dressed up as pro football players on Halloween ... If you're a pro coach, NFL stands for "Not For Long" ... Jessica Simpson now says she wants to have six babies with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "Just think," she added, "two more and we'd have an even dozen" ... An ESPN ranking of NFL fans has the Steelers, Packers and Browns 1-2-3. Be thankful that November through April, we're not living in Pittsburgh, Green Bay or Cleveland!
-- Is it true coach Tommy Tuberville was fired by Auburn and replaced by Joe the Plumber? ... Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer may soon take a job with FEMA. They were impressed with his ability to evacuate 100,000 people in less than a hour following a loss at Neyland Stadium.
-- According to Jack Peck, at age 1, Hercules strangled two serpents placed in his cradle.
-- Couldn't be prouder of our Rays. Congrats to our Phillies! ... Is it possible to witness worse officiating and blown calls in any sport than those clowns umpiring the World Series? The jerk who failed to call the infield fly rule in game 5 should be demoted ... The singing renditions of the national anthem, with the exception of Taylor Swift, have been a disgrace! ... What about the old time umps whose real names were just fun to say--Augie Donatelli, Nestor Chylak and Chris Pelekoudas ... Outside Philadelphia's Citizen Bank Park, a bomb scare was caused by four hot dogs wrapped in duct tape which were part of a Phillie Phanatic stunt. Some feared the hot dogs were weapons of mass indigestion ... We're not saying the Red Sox weren't hungry during the ALCS, but how do you explain all those sets of golf clubs stacked up in the dugout?
-- New NBA slogan for this season: Where bad officiating happens! ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's motto to his players--"Get over yourself."
-- North Carolina is loaded and heavily favored in college hoops but so was Connecticut in 2005 when it failed to reach the Final 4 with four 1st round draft picks. Keep an eye on Louisville.
-- And finally, Kevin Massey gives us a little Wall Street humor. "What's the difference between a Lehman Brothers trader and a pigeon?" Answer: A pigeon can still make a deposit on a Mercedes.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)