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Sizzlers and fizzlers of the week that was

Posted: Monday April 24, 2006 10:25AM; Updated: Wednesday April 26, 2006 5:21PM
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By Matthew Waxman

The date, April 20 (4/20), had been circled in red on the calendar for months as slacker college students across the nation anticipated celebrating their aversion to growing up. We're speaking, of course, about National High Five Day. This year, we spent NH5D at Pete's Candy Shop in Brooklyn, listening to the soulful strumming of the day's founder Wynn Walent, who as a UVA student in 2002 came up with the idea with two college buds. In honor of the sophomoric slap -- so much better than the handshake -- we're converting this week's Hot or Not to High Five/Low Five.

Pennington may not be the Jets QB  for long but he'll always bleed green and white.
Pennington may not be the Jets QB for long but he'll always bleed green and white.

High Five: Marshall
A record 17,346 fans turned out for the Green-White spring game, which included a tribute to the members of the 1996 Division I-AA national championship team. Randy Moss and Chad Pennington served as honorary coaches. Matthew McConaughey, on campus filming a Marshall football movie, thanked the crowd for its hospitality, and the film's director, McG, put on a field goal kicking display at halftime.

Low Five: West Virginia University officials from West Virginia and Marshall confirmed that a WVU undergrad was apprehended in the bleachers of a Marshall spring practice after he was spotted charting the Thundering Herd's spring practice in a notebook. "The incident did take place," Marshall athletic director Bob Marcum told The Herald-Dispatch. "The way we look at it is we're just pleased that someone cares about us and is checking on us."

High Five: Isiah Thomas
A year after Nate Robinson left Washington, the Huskies received a commitment from another explosive pint-sized guard. Thomas, a 5-foot-8 junior who averaged 32 points per game for Curtis High in University Place, Wash., committed to UW last Tuesday. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Thomas was named after the ex-Detroit guard/current Knicks president because his father lost a bet during a Lakers-Pistons game in the NBA Finals.

Low Five: Larry Bird
He may bleed Celtics green, but when it comes to beer bottles, Larry Legend prefers a different hue. In a Boston Globe column, Dan Shaughnessy recounts a story in which Bird spotted him drinking a Molson and told him, ''I never drink beer that comes in a green bottle. It all goes back to a party one night in college. I picked up the wrong bottle, a green one, and started chugging and didn't know what was happening until that third cigarette butt went down my throat. That was it for me and green bottles."

High Five: Matt Leinart
In last week's Sports Illustrated, it was reported that the former USC quarterback was pulled over and arrested for soliciting a prostitute on March 14. Alas, it was all a ruse. Leinart was Punk'd  by that wily coyote Ashton Kutcher.

Low Five: Michael Huff
In an interview with USA Today, Birdie King was asked for some inside dirt on her son, the former University of Texas defensive back who is likely be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. She replied, "Well, he does like to watch SpongeBob Squarepants."

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