Posted: Monday November 13, 2006 10:11AM; Updated: Monday November 13, 2006 10:16AM
Perhaps Ken Jennings can help Curt Schilling if the hurler ever decides to go on Jeopardy! again.
Have a question or opinion for Pete? He might answer/address it in his mailbag.
1. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was shut out in his Celebrity Jeopardy! appearance last week, finishing with zero dollars. Alas, "Self-Promotion" wasn't a category.
2. The disappointing Bengals blew a 28-7 halftime lead in Sunday's 49-41 loss to the Chargers to drop to 4-5. Cincinnatians are hopping off the Bengals bandwagon left and right. Pretty soon the Bengals won't be able to get arrested in that town.
3. The Colts became the first team ever to open with at least a 9-0 record in consecutive years after edging the Bills 17-16 on Sunday. Indy officials are also lobbying the NFL to move the Super Bowl to October.
4. Kings forward Ron Artest reportedly sold just 343 copies of his debut album My World in its first week. To boost sales, Artest is promising each fan that buys a CD an autograph and headlock.
5. The Houston Dynamo won the MLS Cup in penalty kicks over the New England Revolution on Sunday. Let's just hope the celebratory rioting dies down by the time you read this.
6. USC has leapfrogged Florida for the all-important No. 3 spot in the BCS rankings. In related news, the SEC is now planning to secede.
7. Franklin County (Ohio) election officials won't start counting absentee and provisional ballots this Saturday -- the first day that the law allows -- in part so workers can watch the Ohio State-Michigan game. The thinking is that a dramatic No. 1-vs.-No. 2 late-season showdown comes along just once in a lifetime while a botched Ohio election happens every year.
8. A Chinese businessman's plans to use the name Yao Ming as a trademark for a women's sanitary napkin has angered fans of the Rockets center. Yao is expected to denounce the over-commercialization of his name in an upcoming TV spot.
9. The Mets will unveil CitiField as the name of their planned new stadium on Monday. CitiField edged out the second choice, Pulled Calf Coliseum.
10. NMSU recap: Our effort to put a reverse hex on Fresno State nearly paid off but the Bulldogs managed to hold off the visiting Aggies (2-8) 23-18 on Saturday. NMSU drove to the Fresno 14-yard-line in the final minute before a shotgun snap sailed over the head of Aggies quarterback Chase Holbrook, losing 16 yards and stalling the comeback effort. "Chase was audibiling to a quarterback draw but the center thought he heard the command to snap the ball," said NMSU junior tackle James Farrelly. "Their crowd was getting loud and it was hard to hear. It was just an unfortunate event." It didn't help that NMSU trailed by five and not two points at the time after failing on all three conversion attempts, including one missed and one blocked extra point. The Aggies will have a bye week to regroup before facing Utah State the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Just to show that the 10 Spot isn't a total jinx, though, Williams (Mass.) College -- our official Division III team -- completed a perfect 8-0 season on Saturday by drubbing archrival Amherst 37-7 on the road. Congratulations to Coach Mike Whalen and his players. It's the Ephs' sixth perfect record in 121 seasons of football, with all six coming since I first stepped foot on campus in 1987. Coincidence? You be the judge.