Posted: Tuesday November 21, 2006 10:03AM; Updated: Tuesday November 21, 2006 10:03AM
Breaking Grey Cup had a positive side: There was more of the trophy to go around to B.C. Lions players.
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1. Victory celebrations are all fun and games until someone busts the trophy. At least that seemed to be the moral one could draw from the B.C. Lions, who accidentally snapped the Grey Cup in the aftermath of Sunday's 25-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL championship game. (Where have you gone, Vince Ferragamo?) Fortunately, welder Ben Klumperwas on the job. Klumper was feeling the pressure in piecing the valuable hardware back together -- "This is not just some restaurant's soup pot we're dealing with" he said -- but was equal to the task. That instantly makes Klumper the world's second most famous welder after the chick from Flashdance.
2. The Nets on Monday held auditions for a 60-and-over "senior" dance team. The team hopes that now players might actually look at the coaches during timeouts.
3. Phillies slugger Ryan Howard edged Albert Pujols for the NL MVP Award after a 58-homer, 149-RBI season. This should make Howard immune from being booed by Phillies fans for several hours.
4. After days of fierce criticism, News Corp. (owner of Fox) said on Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and television special, If I Did It. Fox will substitute another controversial Bills-related program, If We Had Won the Super Bowl.
5. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is denying rumors that he's a candidate for the school's open football job. But he says he'd be more than happy to slap John L. Smith.
6. Packers quarterback Brett Favre has been a favorite 10 Spot tackling dummy for some time. We enjoy poking fun at the nearly constant will-he-or-won't-he retirement talk, as well as the tendency among some fans and sports media to excuse his interceptions (which have increased dramatically in his dotage) as simply the forgivable byproduct of trying so gosh-darn hard. (Here is one of our favorite Favre barbs.) Is our approach juvenile, churlish and unfair to a legitimate legend? Guilty on all counts. (Come on, is this your first time visiting the 10 Spot?) Yet very occasionally we also like to give credit where it is due. That opportunity comes with Monday's news item that while Favre -- who was knocked out of Sunday's Patriots game with an injured elbow -- will likely return this week, backup Aaron Rodgers is out for the year with a broken foot. It's not as if Favre hasn't received laurels for his record streak of starting 251 consecutive games (including the playoffs), but he deserves every one of those hosannas and more. This latest twist, in which Favre has gotten off the deck once again while Rodgers is knocked out for the season after playing just one half, underscores how amazing it is that the veteran has been able to answer the bell each week at such a physically demanding position. It's not like he's a punter, after all. So kudos, Brett. We'll be back to poking fun at you next week.
7. Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, winner of five gold medals, retired on Tuesday at the age of 24. Predictably, rival senior-citizen centers are already feverishly recruiting Thorpe for their aquacize teams.
8. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that New Zealand's most highly paid sports figure is Tiger Woods' caddy, Steve Williams. "Stevie" celebrated the news by tossing the journalist's camera into a lake.
9. The Big 12 is admitting that its officials blew a call that cost Missouri a win over Iowa State last Saturday. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel took the confession in stride, saying he's blown plenty of wins over the years.
10. A 22-year-old man was Tasered at last week's Saginaw (Mich.) City Council meeting for refusing to remove his Dodgers cap in defiance of Council rules. Tommy Lasorda quickly vowed vengeance from the Big Dodger in the Sky.
The 10 Spot wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Check back for the next 10 Spot on Monday, Nov. 27.