Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2007 10:16AM; Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2007 10:56AM
Top row (l to r): Frostee Rucker, Odell Thurman, Chris Henry. Middle row: Jonathan Joseph, Eric Steinbach, Deltha O'Neal. Bottom row: Matthias Askew, Reggie McNeal, A.J. Nicholson
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1. Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph became the ninth Cincinnati player arrested in the last nine months when he was charged with possession of marijuana early Monday. Come on, a measly misdemeanor? That's not going to get Joseph much street cred in the Bengals locker room.
2. Indianapolis's Tony Dungy and the Bears' Lovie Smith are the first two African-American head coaches to reach the Super Bowl. Some sportswriters now have a pool to see who will be the first to ask, "So how long have you been a black coach?"
3. Colts QB Peyton Manning's right thumb is just bruised, not broken. So if he loses the Super Bowl as a heavy favorite, at least he'll still be able to get home.
4. Sunday's Colts-Patriots AFC Championship Game earned a whopping 28.1 overnight Neilsen rating. That's the highest for any TV program this season, including American Idol. Don't think Idol isn't taking note. This week, Simon cruelly tells a contestant to stop making the "Manning face" while he sings.
5. Bill Parcells stepped down as Cowboys coach on Monday. Not many people saw it coming. Actually T.O. had been dropping hints, but then again he drops everything.
6. The Super Bowl usually isn't a good time for romance. In fact, Super Bowl weekend traditionally sees fewer weddings than at any other time of the year. But one mystery man from Southern California wants Super Bowl Sunday to be the first day of the rest of his love life. The man, known only as J.P., intends to propose to his girlfriend in a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl. An undisclosed company is footing the bill after J.P.'s efforts to raise the money himself scared up just $75,000 in donations. The prospective couple will apparently be tuning in at home -- how much will J.P. freak out if she "doesn't feel" like watching the game? -- and her response will be recorded and posted to YouTube immediately afterward. For all of our sakes, then, let's hope she says yes.
7. Billy Joel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl. Now the trick for organizers will be to make sure Joel doesn't drive right onto the field.
8. The Raiders will make USC assistant Lane Kiffin, 31, the youngest head coach in the modern era. The team isn't worried about his age. Indeed, after one season with Al Davis and Randy Moss, he'll feel like he's 50.
9. Tennessee men's hoops coach Bruce Pearl painted a "V" on his bare chest to help spell out "Volunteers" in the student section at the Lady Vols' game against No. 1 Duke on Monday night. Will this start a trend? All we can say is, it's a good thing Rick Majerus isn't coaching anymore.
10. The NHL has unveiled new uniforms for the 2007-08 season. It's hoping that unlike the current ones, the new threads won't be invisible.