-- We're trying to figure out what to buy my dad for Christmas. It's between a subscription to SI or Rod Blagojavich's Illinois Senate Seat ... Titans owner Bud Adams was caught on camera flipping birds at Bills fans at a recent game. Could it be the 86-year-old Adams was pre-ordering two early-bird specials? ... Artifacts from 1500 B.C. were unearthed in Philadelphia: Evidence was discovered showing ancestors of Eagles fans booed Moses ... Steeler wide receiver Mike Wallace was asked Lady Gaga or Madonna? His reply--"Neither, they both scare me" ... Sat next to a bunch of Bucs fans a while back. The phrase 'bleep the Bucs' was used as often as a Salvation Army Santa uses 'Merry Christmas'.
-- University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin dismissed two of his players for a failed robbery and attempted getaway in a Toyota Prius. He said they made poor decisions. What, the attempted robbery or trying to outrun the cops in a hybrid? ... 408-lb. Kansas football tyrant Mark Mangino is threatening to send his players back to the ghetto. Possibly he should consider sending himself back to the salad bar.
-- Shirley Bahner tells us Ed Johnson (1882), an associate of Thomas Edison, was the first person in the U.S. to put electric lights on a Christmas tree.
-- A couple of weeks ago, Lakers' Kobe Bryant played against the Thunder despite flu-like symptoms. Neither team was worried about H1N1, figuring it's Kobe, he "never passes" on anything ... The Grizzlies said goodbye to Allan Iverson, one of the most self-centered athletes whose own agenda always came before the team! ... Warriors coach Don Nelson on why rookie sensation Stephen Curry has been coming off the bench: "How can the guy start in the NBA without tattoos?"
-- So Michael Jordan's son Marcus (averaging four points a game for UCF) refuses to wear Adidas shoes. Remember kids, there is no "I" in team, but there is 'me' in money.
-- Been to see the movie, "The Men Who Stare at Goats"? Finally, a documentary on Boston's Bill Buckner and the 1986 World Series ... Toronto has been awarded the 2015 Pan Am Games. Among the Blue Jays, Raptors and Leafs, what city has more experience with amateur athletes?
-- Did you know the burger buns at hockey legend Wayne Gretzky's restaurant come branded with "99" (his uniform number)?
-- In closing, Bruce Booher gives us two advantages to growing old: no more snowball fights and you are less likely to be stalked.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)