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Posted: Monday July 2, 2007 12:15PM; Updated: Monday July 2, 2007 4:42PM
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Take It To The ATM

Jon Kitna will see the Lions win 10 games, but it may take until the end of the 2008 season.
Jon Kitna will see the Lions win 10 games, but it may take until the end of the 2008 season.
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If I'm going to pay $1.99 for a video that my kids aren't allowed to watch, you can be sure that Kobe Bryant won't be the sole person featured on camera... Hey, Jon Kitna, you're kind of right: The Lions will win more than 10 games -- over the next two seasons... Whatever happens in that sexual harassment suit filed by the former Cold Pizza makeup artist, Woody Paige will still be a blowhard.

Lies, Lies, Lies

1. Sure, they'll eat up Jason and Katina Taylor on Fleet Street when the Dolphins face the Giants in London on Oct. 28, but a little dose of Julie Green wouldn't hurt, either.

2. Most people who claim that a quote has been taken "out of context" are fully aware of the term's actual meaning.

3. We miss you, Paul Tagliabue. We'll miss NFL Europa, too.

Let's Do Some Don Julio Silver Shots For...

Rod Beck, a down-to-earth dude with a dangling arm who made covering baseball in the Land of Barry just a tad less revolting. In this case, let's forget the Don Julio -- break out the cheap American beer and Marlboros and gather round the fire. Rest in peace, Shooter.

Oxygen-Deprived Thought From Above

Even for a Golden Bear, it's tough not to regard the Gators as the kings of the jungle these days, for they are flaunting their power at every turn.

This Week's Proof That The University Of California Is The Center Of The Universe

With a flower in her hair and lightning in her shoes, Cal junior Alysia Johnson completed an incredible season by winning the 800-meter run at the recent U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. Johnson, who last month was named the Pac-10 women's track athlete of the year, will represent the U.S. at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, in late August along with ex-Bears and fellow national champions Kristin Heaston (first place, shot put) and Grace Upshaw (first place, long jump). Congratulations also to softball studette Vicky Galindo and rugby All-Americans Louis Stanfill and Rikus Pretorious on their national team selections. And welcome back, DeVon Hardin. Finally, congratulations to the Bears on a ninth-place finish in the Director's Cup standings.

Retort From the Desert

Mark Dalton, the Cardinals' senior director of media relations, disputes several assertions made by former Arizona safety Robert Griffith in Bring on the Weekend two weeks ago. Dalton writes: "After reading your on-line column of June 14 regarding former Cardinals safety Robert Griffith, please allow me to clear up some key details that are wholly inaccurate. For the record, we did not charge Robert Griffith to Fed Ex him his contract. As a practical matter, we fly all players here to sign their contracts. In Robert's case, he flew to Arizona on March 9, 2005. He signed his contract that day and continued on to Hawaii where he attended NFL Player rep meetings.

"Secondly, we do not lock the Gatorade refrigerators in the locker room on the players off day (or any other for that matter). We also have another cooler of Gatorade and bottled water in our media work room and that, too, remains unlocked. (In fact, I'm not sure how one would lock it). As for postgame food after road games, we have done it multiple ways and there never seemed to be an issue or clear consensus either way. (C'mon, Mike....on a game day we serve hundreds of meals for media before, during and after the game in the press box; do you really think we're averse to doing the same for our players? )

"No one has any recollection of Robert bringing up the phantom Fed Ex charge and/or locked Gatorade cooler issue previously. Apparently, he did raise the topic of post-game food in a conversation with Rod Graves when his time with the club had ended (a conversation in which Robert was very gracious and appreciative for the courtesy of letting him know the team's intentions). The issues also failed to come up more recently when Robert's agent, Mitch Frankel, called looking to see if the team was interested in Robert coming back to the Cardinals for 2007."

Griffith, who was on his honeymoon, issued the following statement through his publicist last week: "It is unfortunate that comments made in an interview with a reporter I consider a friend have been exaggerated in other publications to become something that it was not. I respect the Arizona Cardinals franchise, management and coaching staff, but no team is perfect."

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