Posted: Thursday January 11, 2007 10:22AM; Updated: Thursday January 11, 2007 5:01PM
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1. The New York Daily News is reporting that Barry Bonds failed an amphetamine -- "greenies" -- test last season and initially blamed it on a substance he took from the locker of a teammate. Bonds insists he thought they were skittles.
2. Still, baseball union official Gene Orza is saying that Bonds didn't point any fingers: "I can say unequivocally in my 22 years I've known Barry Bonds he has never blamed anyone for anything." Alas, Greg Anderson couldn't be reached for comment from prison.
3. Terrell Owens has fired publicist Kim Etheredge. Wait a second. By her own rationale, doesn't this give her no reason to live?
4. Sportswriter Tony Kornheiser will reportedly return for another season of Monday Night Football. Unfortunately, so will Joe Theismann.
5. Maybe he should teach geography: Gee, we leave for a few days and all heck breaks loose. A number of readers emailed us the story about a Colorado high school coach who has been charged with 39 criminal counts for, among other things, allegedly hitting students in the groin. The coach would allegedly ask his players, "What is the capital of Thailand?" When they correctly answered "Bangkok," he would hit them in the groin. We believe that's known as negative reinforcement. No word if he also asked them why there are so many Irish people. (Answer: Because its capital is always Dublin.) Then he could make them double over in pain as a punch line. Isn't knowledge fun?!
6. Nets point guard Jason Kidd has filed for divorce from his wife, accusing her of a laundry list of abusive behavior. He even says she was behind the infamous "new" ball.
7. We demand a recount!: Despite an outpouring of fan support and late 10 Spot backing, journeyman Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick just missed making the All-Star team as a write-in candidate. Fitzpatrick collected 550,177 votes, about 23,000 shy of Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer, who will start on the Western Conference blue line along with Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for the Jan. 24 game. Come on, people, had you not noticed that Rory recently notched his first assist of the season? Where's the justice!
8. Chris Webber has reached a buyout with the Sixers for the last 1 1/2 years on his contract and will be waived on Thursday. You know Webber; he just wants a timeout.
9. The Dolphins have now interviewed an even dozen candidates for their head coaching job. Back at Alabama, meanwhile, Nick Saban has hired a new assistant -- Tommy Flanagan.
10. Famous face: While I slowly snaked through the absurdly long security line in the Phoenix airport the morning after this week's BCS Championship Game, I noticed a gentleman wearing Gators gear several rows ahead of me. Something about his face looked very familiar. Finally I realized that it was my favorite author, Michael Connelly, whom I have mentioned in this space before. Though Connelly was too far ahead for me to absolutely confirm that it was him, it turns out that he is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida, so I am very confident. Of course, I know just what he was thinking at the time: "If that skinny guy was wearing a blue baseball cap, he'd look just like the 10 Spot."