Posted: Monday January 29, 2007 10:14AM; Updated: Monday January 29, 2007 10:14AM
1. The great Roger Federer swept through the Australian Open without losing a set. But enough about him -- did you see that lime green dress Serena wore?
2. The Bears touched down in Miami on Sunday night for Super Bowl XLI. Naturally, there was heavy security at the airport. And that's just for Tank Johnson.
3. Heat center Shaquille O'Neal reportedly chased down a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning. The man had crashed into Shaq's Escalade before taking off. It seems that after watching Shaq "defend" the pick and roll, the man assumed Shaq wouldn't chase after him.
4. Tiger Woods on Sunday won the Buick Invitational, his first tournament of the year. Hey, it's nice to see the poor guy finally get off the schneid.
5. While Friday's 10 Spot demonstrated the lengths some people will go through to land Super Bowl tickets, two lucky fans never had to leave their armchairs. Papa John's Armchair Quarterback Challenge invited fans to sit in a recliner, hold an order of chicken wings in their non-throwing hand and heave a football as far as possible. The winners from Indianapolis (25 yards) and Chicago (24) were each awarded trips to Miami for the Super Bowl. Furthermore, they will face off on Saturday to determine the champion. It's a good thing for these two gentlemen that LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell isn't competing; word has it he can throw 40 yards from his duff.
A sadder story out of Chicago, though, shows that sometimes an unlikely offer for Super Bowl tickets can indeed be too good to be true. Bears safety Chris Harris appeared on a public-access cable show last summer and made an impromptu promise to the host, a construction worker by day who goes by "Chong" on the air, that if the team made the Super Bowl he would give him tickets. Chong tried to collect -- even camping outside Halas Hall last week with a sign reading "Chris Harris You Promised" -- but Harris stiffed him, telling Chong that he couldn't come through because he doesn't even have enough tickets for family and friends. But in a somewhat happy ending, a ticket broker has given Lange a free seat to the big game while Harris came up with a Bears jersey autographed by several players.
6. Norv Turner became the seventh candidate to interview for the Cowboys' head-coaching job on Sunday. The former Redskins and Raiders coach is considered a front-runner, along with Dopey and Doc.
7. The Knicks top Forbes' latest list of the most valuable NBA teams. Well, apparently the old business axiom is true -- you have to squander money to make money.
8. TV ratings for last week's NHL All-Star Game plummeted 76 percent. Gee, if only they could get Isiah Thomas to run the league.
9. Poker player Johnny Chan and a development company are partnering to create 5th Street, billed as the world's first poker-themed hotel. The thinking is that those bored silly by the TV-poker explosion need to fall asleep somewhere.
10. The chatter from Massachusetts is that some Republicans want Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to make a 2008 Senatorial run against John Kerry. Schilling's campaign slogan will be: "Flip-flops are just for the showers."