Posted: Monday January 31, 2005 10:47AM; Updated: Monday January 31, 2005 5:01PM
You're off the hook, Corey. Now go hide in shame.
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1. Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney seems to have the better end of a Super Bowl bet with Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. If the Eagles win, Romney will sing the national anthem at a Celtics-76ers game in Philadelphia wearing an Eagles jersey. If the Patriots win, Rendell must attend a Celtics game in Boston wearing a Patriots jersey and listen to the anthem sung by Carl Lewis.
2. Does PETA know about this? Of the 38 previous Super Bowls, 25 have matched teams with a human mascot against an animal mascot. The human has beaten the animal in 18 of those showdowns, a whopping 72 percent. Two of those wins are by the Patriots over the Panthers and Rams, though the Pats were mauled by the Bears 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. This statistic, though, could prove ominous for a Philadelphia team represented by an endangered species.
3. Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was acquitted of all three gambling and gun charges he faced after being accused of running high-stakes card games at his house. Fuller shocked courtroom observers by objecting to the decision, fearing that it will cost him street cred in the Ravens locker room.
4. The approval of commissioner Bud Selig and a physical is all that's necessary for the completion of the Cubs' trade of disgruntled slugger Sammy Sosa to the Orioles for second baseman Jerry Hairston and two prospects. Former fan favorite Sosa had so worn out his welcome in Chicago that Cubs officials celebrated his departure by popping the cork in his bats.
5. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sunday that Jason Giambi "looks good" and should be 100 percent healthy for spring training. Giambi is expected to report to Tampa at a fit 155 pounds.
6. If the Vikings do trade receiver Randy Moss, don't expect him to be a Packer. An anonymous business has paid $16,000 to mock Moss in a series of four billboards in Madison, Wis. Here's the text of the four ads: No. 1: "Squirting an Official With a Water Bottle, $25,000." No. 2: "Ramming a Meter Maid, $1,200 and Probation." No. 3: "Mooning Pack Fans, $10,000." No. 4: "Zero Rings for Randy Moss: Priceless."
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
7. The Oklahoma state legislature has designated a portion of State Highway 37 as the Jason White PASSway in honor of the former Sooners quarterback. The downside is that it takes six years to travel the entire route.
8. The 10 Spot has a strong suspicion that we've only heard part of the story about Saturday's firing of Ashley McElhiney, the first female coach of a men's pro basketball team, by the Nashville Rhythm of the ABA. McElhiney was canned by Rhythm co-owner Sally Anthony, who said McElhiney disobeyed her instructions to bench former Vanderbilt star Matt Freije. Anthony initially tried to fire McElhiney during the third quarter of Saturday's game and had to be restrained by team security guards. The 23-year-old McElhiney, who had coached the Rhythm to a 17-7 record, has declined comment. Anthony, a singer with a new album to plug, claims that another co-owner and the team's GM signed Freije and paid him $10,000 for two games to serve as a hometown draw in Nashville, evidently against Anthony's wishes. Now here's where it gets really strange. In a story I wrote about McElhiney's hiring back in May, Anthony said her two co-owners were her husband and manager, Tony Bucher, and his business partner, Justin Christian. The GM is her brother-in-law, Dan Bucher. So the dysfunction in the Rhythm organization obviously extends much further than the Anthony-McElhiney rift. (Can we call it a cat fight?)
9. Here's a tack that the beer companies might want to keep in mind for their Super Bowl ads: Beer can save your life. That's the moral of an odd story from Slovakia. While driving his Audi in the Slovak Tatra mountains last week, Richard Kral was buried in an avalanche in the Slovak Tatra mountains. Luckily for Kral, he had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car because he was headed on vacation. Over four days, Kral tirelessly pounded brews and urinated out his window to melt the snow until he was able to escape. This really puts all those silly "tastes great/less filling" arguments into perspective. (Thanks to 10 Spot reader Sam Silver for the head's up.)
10. An interesting dating story came out during the Australian Open. No, not that men's finalist Lleyton Hewittproposed to his girlfriend, Australian soap star Rebecca Cartwright, after losing to Marat Safin on Sunday. We're speaking, of course, about the news that Jennifer Capriati is romantically linked to adult film star Dale DeBone. (We're guessing that's not his real last name.) It certainly puts a new twist on all the Jennifer-has-turned-her-life-around stories.