Posted: Tuesday October 31, 2006 10:23AM; Updated: Tuesday October 31, 2006 1:58PM
You can't blame soccer stars for turning to Jenna Jameson.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1. A top substance-abuse expert from across the pond says that addiction to Internet porn is a growing problem for soccer players in England's Premiership. Well, sure. Players have to release tension somehow after running around for hours and never scoring.
2. The Cardinals-Tigers World Series drew the lowest TV ratings ever for a Fall Classic. According to surveys, TV viewers simply didn't find the plot -- an 83-win team from the vastly inferior NL winning easily -- plausible.
3. St. Louis "beat" Detroit in another contest recently as the two cities ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on the list of America's most dangerous cities. The ranking gives more weight to violent crimes such as murder and assault than offenses such as burglary, so Detroiters' notoriously sticky fingers from all that pine tar didn't hurt them much.
4. According to an SI survey of NFL players, Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens is the most overrated player in the league. T.O.'s publicist quickly explained that jealous peers are always looking to bring down a player of his statue.
5. Several Pacers pumped free gas for fans at four Indianapolis-area stations Monday as part of the team's effort to rehabilitate its image. In a nice touch, the players even kept the safeties on their handguns.
6. The struggling Flyers handed out orange wigs to all fans on Monday night in an effort to set a new world record -- not for most people wearing wigs, but for the promotion most ridiculed by angry Philadelphians.
7. Alfonso Soriano, Jason Schmidt and Kerry Wood were among the MLB players who filed documents Sunday to become free agents. Alas, Wood is now out six weeks with paper cuts.
8. Now Florida quarterback Chris Leak says that he didn't have a concussion during the second half of Saturday's Georgia game despite his coach's earlier claim that he had. Really, it's easy to see how the confusion started. Not many college players today have the math skills to properly count fingers.
9. The 10 Spot doesn't cover much recruiting news, but we couldn't pass up the scoop that LSU received an oral commitment Monday from a player who should immediately make the All-Name team -- center T-Bob Hebert. He's the son of former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert (pronounced "a-bear"). "T-Bob" is a nickname, of course, but the "T" is a relatively common Cajun prefix that derives from the French word petit, for "little" or "small." In other (i.e. Yankee) words, the younger Hebert goes as "Little Bob" to distinguish him from his dad, though at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, the diminutive doesn't entirely fit. Still, could someone who goes by T-Bob Hebert end up anywhere besides LSU? It brings back happy memories for this scribe of the 2½ years I spent writing for a newspaper in Lafayette, La., the center of Cajun country. I had a coworker (the felicitously named Jonas Breaux) who liked to affectionately call people "T-Boy." Surely Jonie is smiling today.
10. The Knicks waived guard Jalen Rose on Monday but must still pay him nearly all of his $16.9 million salary this season to do nothing. Sadly, that still makes Rose one of the team's most productive players.
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