Posted: Monday November 27, 2006 11:18AM; Updated: Tuesday November 28, 2006 4:43PM
David Beckham has a new, old seat to warm after police recovered his stolen car.
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1. Falcons quarterback Mike Vick apologized for flipping off Atlanta fans after throwing for just 84 yards in the team's fourth straight loss Sunday. Unlike Vick's passes, though, this bird didn't flutter.
2. Police in Macedonia have found a stolen Jeep they suspect belongs to soccer star David Beckham. Well, at least the bench warmer's car is hot.
3. USC leapfrogged Michigan into the No. 2 slot in the BCS rankings after Saturday's 44-24 win over Notre Dame. Not surprisingly, however, USC and Michigan are at the bottom of the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) rankings.
4.Alfonso Soriano will ask the Cubs for permission to suit up in the Dominican winter league. See, the new $136 Million Man really was serious about playing on a team that can win a championship.
5. Alabama has reportedly fired coach Mike Shula. Fortunately, the coach has a job waiting as maitre d' at a Shula's Steakhouse.
6. Long-distance running is generally considered a solitary pursuit, but that's not the case for Uli and Trish Steidl. The married couple got engaged after the 2004 Seattle Marathon. On Sunday, they became the first husband-and-wife team to win the same race. Uli won the event for the eighth straight time by finishing in 2:27:54, while Trisha notched her first victory in 3:01:36. Lance Armstrong was nowhere in sight.
7. Soccer's Blind World Cup has opened play in Argentina. The biggest difference from "sighted" soccer is that the blind players actually wait until they're struck before diving.
8. The Lions are reportedly considering a buyout of president and CEO Matt Millen after the 2-9 team's 27-10 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Dolphins. Well, at least one Lions fan pulled the big end of the wishbone.
9. Thanksgiving football: Even if your cable company carries the NFL Network, you almost certainly didn't see the biggest game of the day. We're talking, of course, about Indo-Jew Bowl VII. The annual game between a group of Indian and Jewish friends in Skokie, Ill., is a 10 Spot staple. This year, the Indo squad shocked the naysayers (and oddsmakers) by pulling out a 28-23 victory, snapping a five-game winning streak by the Jewish side. For those with an Indo-Jew fantasy team -- and you know who you are -- please check the Web site for stats.
10. New Mexico State recap: Perhaps inspired by the Indo warriors, NMSU ended an even longer losing skid. After sprinting to a 28-0 first-quarter lead at Utah State, the NMSU Aggies (3-8, 1-6 in the WAC) cruised to a 42-20 win over the 1-11 USU Aggies. (Was this the Aggies Bowl?) The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for NMSU and, more significantly, a 21-game skid against Division I-A opponents. Less significantly, it started talk of a "10 Spot jinx," since the bye week and Thanksgiving break meant that the 10 Spot had been an Aggies-free zone for nearly two weeks before the big win. Regardless, NMSU junior right tackle James Farrelly (i.e. my cousin) was more than happy to take it. "This was the first I-A win for the team, and the first one for me," said Farrelly, a junior-college transfer. "When you kneel down on that last play to run out the clock, it's an awesome feeling." The win was the 100th of head coach Hal Mumme's career. NMSU quarterback Chase Holbrook threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half; he missed the second half with a slight concussion. Let's hope he's fine for Saturday's home finale against Louisiana Tech, where the Aggies will look to put together an actual winning streak.