Posted: Thursday November 16, 2006 10:11AM; Updated: Thursday November 16, 2006 11:25AM
Leon Washington's double bird has caused a commotion in the trading card community.
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1. Jets rookie running back Leon Washington's football card has created a stir because it appears that he's "flipping the bird" in the photo with both hands. Washington insists that he's just making a hand signal popular in his hometown. Come on now. That would only make sense if he was from New York City.
2. Tickets have become so valuable for Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game that the rock band Nickelback was denied a request for four free ducats. Well, sure. Ohio State already has a band.
3. Emmitt Smith waltzed away with the Dancing with the Stars title on Wednesday night. Smith said it was the most excited he has been since he stopped playing for the Cardinals.
4. A Grizzlies fan has sued Kobe Bryant, alleging that the Lakers star intentionally elbowed him after stumbling into the stands during a game last November. The fan is willing to settle for a Bryant apology, i.e. a huge diamond ring.
5. Joe Girardi was named NL Manager of the Year on Wednesday, six weeks after he was fired by the Marlins. Still, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn't heartless. To help Girardi keep his head up, Loria has arranged a visit from Bobby Knight.
6. The Red Sox blew away other bidders this week by spending $51.1 million just so star Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will talk to them. Boston is still deciding how much to pay so Manny Ramirezwon't talk anymore.
7. A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Penguins star Evgeni Malkin can stay with the team, denying a Russian squad's request to return the player to them. The Russian team says it owns Malkin's rights, but many hockey observers say the Russians just want a big cash payoff. What do they think this is, Japanese baseball?
8. California Senator Dianne Feinstein says that she is investigating legislation to prevent the 49ers from using either "San Francisco" or "49ers" in their name if they move to Santa Clara. But it seems she has more local support in her bid to stop the Raiders from sullying the name "Oakland."
9. The top kick returner in college football will henceforth be awarded the Randy Moss Award. The hope is to identify and reward future disgruntled pros.
10. Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden managed to hold up FSU boosters for more than half a million dollars before agreeing this week to resign. If only his game plans were so aggressive.