Posted: Thursday December 14, 2006 10:13AM; Updated: Thursday December 14, 2006 10:13AM
Denise Richards had a memorable appearance on Seinfeld.
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1. Regular 10 Spot readers have probably surmised that I spend far too much time watching Seinfeld re-runs. Yet every now and then, I am rewarded by noticing something I hadn't before. On Tuesday, I finally made the connection that the clown in "The Fire," the episode in which George pushes children and old ladies out of his way to escape a small birthday-party conflagration, was played by none other than Jon Favreau. The Swingers star had already played D-Bob in Rudy, but was still basically an unknown. Do you have a favorite before-they-were-stars Seinfeld cameo? Another excellent choice would be a young Denise Richards playing the teenage daughter of NBC president Russell Dalrymple, who caught George ogling Richards' cleavage. Feel free to nominate your favorite(s).
2. The Cowboys will retain the famous hole-in-the-roof design in their new $1 billion stadium. Cowboys fans like to say the hole is so God can look down on his favorite team. The Cowboys will also dig a hole so Satan can watch his favorite wide receiver.
3. T.O. says he believes there is a "snitch" in the Dallas organization. He's already asked Carmelo Anthony for advice.
4. Airport security wouldn't allow Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith to bring his Heisman Trophy on the flight back to New York. Really, the racial profiling of bronze people has to stop.
5. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the Bengals this week to offer his assistance after their eighth player arrest this season. Really, what can Goodell do to help? He's not even a lawyer.
6. The former East German athletes who participated in the country's systematic doping program will receive $2 million in compensation. Come on, and Barry Bonds can't get a lousy one-year contract? Where's the justice!
7. Despite this year's bench-clearing brawl, the Miami-Florida International series will continue in 2007. But from now on games will be scored on the 10-point-must system.
8. The Redskins this week denied an Internet rumor that coach Joe Gibbs had been in a car crash. Indeed, the season only feels that way.
9. The NFL says that the Dolphins didn't do anything wrong by allegedly enhancing the audio of Patriots game tapes to decipher quarterback Tom Brady's signals before Sunday's 21-0 Miami victory. Hey, maybe the Dolphins should start listening to tape in September and October, too.
10. The 10 Spot would hereby like to congratulate North Texas for hiring Todd Dodge, a wildly successful high school coach at Texas' Southlake Carroll, as its head football coach. That's something we would like to see more often. There are many terrific coaches at the high school level, and running a big-time high school program isn't that different than operating a small Division I operation. Of course, poor Gerry Faust nearly blew up the preps-to-college bridge permanently when he appeared overmatched when Notre Dame hired him straight out of Moeller High in 1981. Yes, running a college program, especially a major-college one, is about more than just Xs and Os -- there's the huge emphasis on recruiting as well as serving as the public face of a university. But you can't tell me that someone like coach J.T. Curtis of John Curtis High outside New Orleans, who has won 21 state titles, couldn't run a college program. I mention Curtis only because I know of him from my days covering prep football in Louisiana, back when I actually interviewed people and wrote normal stories, but there are others like him across the nation. It's just that college athletic directors are so worried about being second-guessed after the Faust fiasco that they don't want to take a chance. Similarly, a big-time high school coach isn't going to leave his relatively exalted spot to be, say, a low-paid running back coach at the college level. Anyway, we're rooting for Dodge to succeed so that more high school coaches get the same opportunity.