Posted: Monday December 18, 2006 10:58AM; Updated: Monday December 18, 2006 3:16PM
They'll come to watch D-Mat play baseball. But how about hockey?
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1. Massachusetts tourism officials estimate that as many as 20,000 Japanese could travel to Boston annually and spend an estimated $75 million to see Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch for the Red Sox. That's even more than the thousands of Americans who hike to Japan every year to see Benny Agbayani.
2. The Knicks and Nuggets staged an ugly brawl Saturday that resulted in 10 ejections. But at least it was nice to see a big-time fight return to Madison Square Garden.
3. Knicks coach/president Isiah Thomas blamed the Nuggets for leaving their starters in late in a blowout victory. Though Thomas might just be deflecting blame for building a roster overstuffed with welterweights.
4. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is upset with coach Jim Mora Jr. for saying he'd "pack his stuff" if the University of Washington job was open. What a slap in the face to the Falcons. Of course, that's better than spit in the face.
5. Terrell Owens admitted he spit in the face of Falcons defensive back DeAngelo Hall on Saturday night. He's even trying to justify it. T.O.'s latest excuse is that he'd just burned Hall and wanted to put out the fire.
6. Of course, we shouldn't worry about this hurting T.O.'s image long-term. Not when he still has that crack publicist.
7. Packers quarterback Brett Favre passed Dan Marino on Sunday to become the alltime leader in completions. Favre already had a commanding lead in attempts at retirement.
8. Wow, the NFC really stinks. There's no way an NFC team will win the Super Bowl. There hasn't been a conference or league so weak since this year's National League in baseball, and we all know what happened in the World Series. Hey, wait ...
9. An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters at the Asian Games has failed a gender test. The first hint came when she/he remained standing while giving the post-race urine sample.
10. The Vatican will field a soccer team in the inaugural Clericus Cup, a tournament for trainee priests. As in regular soccer, scoring a goal will take a miracle.
Thursday's item about guest appearances on Seinfeld made by actors before they became stars generated an unprecedented number of e-mails. Due to all the feedback, we'll run an all-Seinfeld-cameo 10 Spot on Tuesday, Jan. 2. We hope you'll enjoy it.