-- Cowboys QB Tony Romo recently took time off from his rocky relationship with Jessica Simpson to treat a homeless guy to a movie. Next day's headline--"In limbo with bimbo, Romo treats hobo" ... Retired DB John Lynch: "Lions RB Barry Sanders was the toughest guy to touch, let alone tackle" ... The 49ers are improving under new coach Mike Singletary and there are no "butts" about it! ... Should Arizona QB Kurt Warner and Jets QB Brett Favre make it to the Super Bowl, we'd have a true Grey Cup here in the U.S.
-- Hurricanes gave up 472 rushing yards to Georgia Tech a couple of weeks ago and it got so bad in the fourth quarter, a guy from the Yellow Jackets band busted a long run while carrying his tuba.
-- How about the 89-year-old Ohio woman who was arrested after refusing to return a football that landed in her yard.
-- According to Flo Zimmerman, the largest Santa gathering ever--the Liverpool Santa Dash on December 4, 2005--involved 3,921 people dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus running through the streets in the U.K.
-- The lowly New Jersey Nets are giving tickets to fans that are unemployed. Haven't these people suffered enough? ... Three-time Wizard All-Star Gilbert Arenas (who admittedly takes five showers a day) has a motto: "The man who sleeps on the floor cannot fall out of bed" ... A while back, ex-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas overdosed on sleeping pills, then announced that it was his teenage daughter whom the paramedics came to rescue. Hey, at least he didn't blame it all on Joe the Plumber.
-- Did you hear about the Florida man who was struck between the legs by a 60 mph pitch while picking up errant baseballs at a batting cage? He has been awarded $160,000 to cover his pain, suffering and voice therapy ... Mickey Mantle wasn't big (5'11, 185-lbs.) but could drive a golf ball 400 yards ... When President Bush heard of the incident in which an oil tanker was hijacked by pirates, he responded, "I haven't liked the Pirates since Bill Mazeroski's home run in the 1960 World Series."
-- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been named grand marshal for the January 3 Fiesta Bowl. Hope he understands, there is no passing in the parade.
-- And finally, a holiday tip from Chester Malacha: "My neighbor always hides his son's Christmas gifts where he'd never find them--in the bathtub!"
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)