Posted: Monday November 6, 2006 10:23AM; Updated: Monday November 6, 2006 10:23AM
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1. Bengals receiver Chad Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing "Ocho Cinco" on his uniform before last Sunday's game against the Falcons in a grammatically incorrect effort to represent his No. 85 in Spanish. Johnson's antics seemed more amusing before the struggling Bengals fell to cuatro-cuatro.
2. The Colts are once again the last remaining undefeated team thanks to their 27-20 win over the Patriots coupled with the Dolphins' 31-13 upset over the Bears. So far Indy quarterback Peyton Manning is making good on his ambitious goal to have as many wins as TV commercials.
3. Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens received a 15-yard penalty on Sunday for celebrating a touchdown against the Redskins by pretending to take a nap on the football, mocking his habit of falling asleep in team meetings. Cowboys fans were less amused, though, when T.O. apparently closed his eyes in dropping what would have been a sure 74-yard touchdown pass in the 22-19 defeat.
4. Lance Armstrong thrilled the huge crowds at Sunday's New York City Marathon while reaching his personal goal of finishing his first marathon in less than three hours. Still, the French media says it won't be impressed until he does it six more times.
5. The Eagle has landed: The Saginaw (Mich.) Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League has some of the hottest collectibles in sports thanks to an unlikely tie to The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. When the Spirit announced a few months back that it was looking for a name for its new eagle mascot, Colbert began lobbying on the air for the team to name it after him. The Spirit complied in September, unveiling Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle. No word yet if President Bush has ordered his own Steagle Colbeagle jersey.
6. Penn State coach Joe Paterno broke a bone in his leg during a sideline collision during the Nittany Lions' 13-3 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. Still, the scrappy 79-year-old is shaking off the injury. He says he's had worse falls in the tub.
7. Oliver Stone has agreed to shoot a short film to promote Beijing ahead of the 2008 Olympics. The movie imagines a conspiracy by which a repressive government co-opts a Hollywood mogul to whitewash its image.
8. The soccer ball used in this summer's World Cup final sold at a charity auction on Saturday for $2.4 million to a 21-year-old believed to be connected to the royal family of Qatar. That's odd. The country has all that oil money and can't buy a "u"?
9. Former slugger Sammy Sosa says he'd like to return to the majors next season after sitting out 2006 to get the 12 home runs he needs to reach 600. Sosa says he productively used the time off to re-learn English.
10. New Mexico State recap: Yes! A huge victory out in Las Cruces this past weekend. Alas for Aggies fans, it didn't come on the field as NMSU couldn't hold on to a 21-15 lead heading into the fourth quarter as 6-2 San Jose State rallied for a 31-21 win on Saturday. No, the win came a day earlier at a private picnic on the outskirts of Las Cruces in which Aggies junior tackle James Farrelly (i.e. my cousin) asked his girlfriend, Carly, to marry him and she said yes. No date is scheduled yet, though our completely unsolicited advice is that it come after they both earn their degrees. Loyal 10 Spot readers (OK, "obsessively loyal") might note that we identified Farrelly as a tackle and not a center. That became the case as of last Monday, when Farrelly was informed that he would move to right tackle as part of an OL reshuffling. The new-look unit gave quarterback Chase Holbrook the time to complete 34-of-49 passes for 364 yards and three scores in building what was at one point a 21-8 lead. Alas, the Spartans outscored the Aggies 16-0 in the fourth quarter, with the go-ahead touchdown coming on a blocked punt that was returned for a score.