Posted: Thursday January 18, 2007 10:23AM; Updated: Thursday January 18, 2007 10:23AM
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1. Michael Vick may be in trouble again. Security at Miami Airport on Wednesday seized his water bottle, which contained residue in a hidden compartment that police say is "closely associated with marijuana." Lab tests are forthcoming. Vick was so startled to be caught that he actually volunteered his real name.
2. Kevin Federline will star in a Super Bowl ad as a fast-food worker who dreams about being a rap star. Wait, so is this like a documentary?
3. Meanwhile, Federline's ex, Britney Spears, was reportedly rejected for a Super Bowl ad for the NFL Network. Recent reports of her drinking and disrobing have made the league skittish. On the bright side, Britney has been offered an assistant coach's job with the Lions.
4. A California man says that Lakers center Kwame Brown stole his $190 birthday cake while he was walking down the street late Friday night. If true, it's the most brazen food robbery on a city street since Jerry Seinfeld swiped the marble rye.
5. Have you read this Kwame Brown-birthday cake story? Really, it's odd on many levels. According to the police report, a 30-year-old man named Alexander Martinez left his 30th birthday party at a restaurant at 1:45 a.m. last Saturday and began walking to a club, carrying an uneaten 2-by-2-foot chocolate birthday cake. First, the man said, he met Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf en route, and Turiaf posed for a picture with Martinez and his cake. Then, when he reached the club, Martinez claims that Brown came along, grabbed the cake and threw it at Martinez's back, then hopped in a limo and jetted off. No potential motive is given. (Maybe Brown thought the man was Michael Jordan, who drafted Kwame No. 1 but later repeatedly humiliated him in practice when he returned as a player?) Then Martinez says that he approached Lamar Odom as the player exited a nearby pizza place. (What, do the Lakers travel in clown cars? Do they simply materialize out of thin air on L.A. streets after dark?) Presumably appealing to Odom's role as team leader, Martinez confronted him about Brown's cake-stealing (and throwing); it seems Martinez was still wearing the purloined pastry on his back. That's when Odom's bodyguard reportedly pushed Martinez into the street and yelled at him to get away from the player, only to have Odom call him off. Martinez filed a police report 12 hours later and detectives presented a possible "grand theft of a person" case to the city attorney's office, which decided not to prosecute. But "grand theft of a person"? Huh? Was there a tiny stripper inside the cake, waiting to hop out? This is all very strange. Of course, you know Kobe's thinking, "Hey, anything to take the heat off me."
6. The Pacers and Warriors completed an eight-player trade on Wednesday in which Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and two others will go to Golden State. Though there's a fear that the deal might be held up by Jackson -- literally.
7. The Chargers have announced that coach Marty Schottenheimer will return next season. The move was quickly applauded throughout the league.
8. Yankee Stadium will reportedly host the 2008 All-Star Game before it is torn down. Gee, it will be touching to see A-Rod bask in the adulation of the home crowd.
9. New Padres second baseman MarcusGiles was escorted by security from Sunday's Chargers-Patriots game because he got into a fight in the stands. Still, LaDainian Tomlinson insists that Giles showed more class than the Patriots.
10. Picture of the week: As every sports fan should know, if you brag on your team at work when things are going well, you should expect some barbs when matters turn the other way. That truism was proved again recently in the New York offices of AOL's marketing department. One cube denizen, a recent Ohio State grad, was fond of prominently updating the Buckeyes' record each week at his work station as No. 1 OSU surged to 12-0. When Florida made that 12-1 in the BCS title game, a co-worker wanted to make certain the OSU fan hadn't missed the news (though he did fly out to the game). Thus he papered over his entire cube with the cover of the Jan. 15 issue of SI that features Florida quarterback Chris Leak with the headline "Gator Raid." Ah, nothing like a little corporate synergy.