Posted: Thursday January 4, 2007 10:26AM; Updated: Thursday January 4, 2007 8:55PM
Boise State's Ian Johnson capped off his big night when Chrissy Popadics accepted his marriage proposal.
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1. Undefeated Boise State is the talk of the college football world after its exciting overtime victory against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Still, it isn't all good news for the Broncos. BCS officials now insist Boise State cheerleader Chrissy Popadics has to marry Florida's Chris Leak.
2. LSU handed Notre Dame a record ninth straight defeat in a bowl game with Wednesday's convincing 41-14 Sugar Bowl win. As against most top-flight opponents, the Irish defense was exposed like a USC Song Girl.
3. Nick Saban has left the Dolphins for the University of Alabama job, after insisting for weeks that he would do no such thing. It's believed Saban will sign an eight-year, $32 million contract -- in pencil.
4. Texans running back Domanick Davis says he has changed his surname to Williams. This, of course, comes after the Texans failed to draft a Bush (Reggie) over a Williams (Mario) to replace Davis-turned-Williams. Sadly, Alanis Morissette could not be reached for comment.
5. Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers allegedly owes the state of Wisconsin more than $1.4 million in income taxes. Fortunately, Fingers is comfortable in the pen.
6. A computer-imaging firm says its study of the baseballs used by MLB in 1998, when Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs, shows the balls were juiced. Well, at least somebody is willing to talk about the past.
7. A Massachusetts woman who was a lifelong Red Sox fan died last week at the age of 112. Sweet lady. Her final words were: "Yankees suck!"
8. Allen Iverson was ejected from the Nuggets' 108-97 loss to the Sixers on Tuesday. Still, after a tough six weeks, it was nice to see A.I. finally contribute to a Philly victory.
9. Police reportedly seized approximately 550 rounds of ammunition from the home of Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson in a raid last month. This isn't to say that all Bears are lawbreakers, of course. Rex Grossman would have simply turned them over.
10. Reader feedback: Plenty of you chimed in on Tuesday's 10 Spot on before-they-were-famous Seinfeld guest appearances. Several quibbled as to whether those were made the cut should have been eligible. While our judges (OK, it's just me) counted Courteney Cox because her Seinfeld spot came before Friends, others felt that her prior turn as Alex P. Keaton's girlfriend on Family Ties (not to mention her boogeying with Bruce Springsteen in the "Dancing In The Dark" video) disqualified her. Some felt, too, that Michael Chiklis had already made his mark in The Commish, which began its five-season run shortly before Chiklis's Seinfeld appearance in 1991's "The Stranded." Still others felt that Jon Gries, who played homeless guy Rusty on Seinfeld before breaking out as Napoleon Dynamite's Uncle Rico, had already achieved prominence as Broots on TV's The Pretender, not to mention playing Lazlo Hollyfield (aka the Weird Guy in the Closet) in Real Genius. One legitimate oversight pointed out by several readers was Jeremy Piven being cast as George in "The Pilot"; I intended to mention Entourage's Ari Gold when citing Mariska Hargitay for her role in the same episode as an actress auditioning for the Elaine character. Some readers wanted to see Christa Miller, who played two minor Seinfeld roles (including George's girlfriend who was unconcerned with looks in '95's "The Doodle") before moving on to The Drew Carey Show. Other readers, though, seemed to ignore the before-they-were-famous premise by calling for recognition of cameos by the likes of Keith Hernandez, Mel Torme and, perhaps my favorite Seinfeld guest spot of all time, by Philip Baker Hall as library cop Lt. Bookman. Sorry, folks, but rules are rules.
Reader submissions: Since this Friday is the first of the month, it's time for another installment of the all-reader-submission edition. Please send you entries by Thursday afternoon.