-- The NCAA is considering expanding their men's tourney to 96 teams. Why not let all Division I teams in and call it March, April and May Madness? ... 5'7 Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had to sit on a stool to see the elevated court at Houston's Reliant Stadium for South Regional games. "I felt like I was back in Catholic school and I did something wrong," he remarked.
-- Wizards' suspended forward Gilbert Arenas has told Esquire he had a collection of more than 500 guns; he also revealed he was planning to invade Pakistan soon.
-- Mariners' prima donna Milton Bradley says he's baseball's Kanye West. Sure, everywhere he's gone (6 teams), he's made a Swift (Taylor) exit ... Victoria's Secret is teaming up with MLB and coming out with a line of baseball-themed lingerie. This will add a whole new level of anticipation to the top and bottom of an inning ... Did you know the lights from the Giants' old Polo Grounds are used today at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, spring training home of the Oakland A's? ... Sammy Sosa said recently he will "calmly wait" for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The good news will be delivered by either the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus ... An obvious sign Ranger manager Ron Washington was on drugs--he tried to snort the first base line ... We like the Rays and Philllies in this year's fall classic.
-- Marie Bellinger tells us Texas annually holds a three-day mosquito festival.
-- Former Rams legend and Phi Beta Kappa Merlin Olsen died last month at the age of 69. It was the late sports columnist Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times who wrote, "Merlin Olsen went swimming in Loch Ness and the monster got out" ... So the U.S. Postal Service wants to stop delivering on Saturday? Apparently it stole the idea from the underachieving Notre Dame football team.
-- Convict Bernie Madoff was beaten up by a fellow inmate last week at a prison in North Carolina. The inmate was upset when Madoff tried to convince him to trade cigarettes for last place Toronto Maple Leaf playoff tickets.
-- Indy Racing League champ Tony Kanaan's wife wants him to wear a dress the next time he qualifies behind Danica Patrick.
-- Now that the Olympics are over, American snowboarder Shawn White says he's anxious to return to his 1969 Volkswagen Van.
-- In closing, Bob Haggart claims his wife is a compulsive shopper: "She buys anything marked down. Once she came home with an escalator."
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)