Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 10:05AM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 12:50PM
1. "Super" proposal update: Some of you may have wondered, as I did, whatever happened to the wedding proposal that was supposed to take place in a Super Bowl commercial. Well, that plan fell through when the company that was slated to pony up the $2.6 million for the ad time backed out, and CBS then decided not to run the proposal as an in-house ad. Instead, the man once known only as "J.P." -- he turns out to be a Seattle Internet marketing executive named Rand Fishkin -- borrowed $3,000 from his mother to buy time in the Seattle market during Tuesday night's showing of Veronica Mars, his beloved's favorite show. Thankfully, when Geraldine DeRuiter saw the proposal at 9:23 p.m. PT, she said yes. Congrats to the happy couple. You can find links to both the proposal and her response (a lot of "What?!... what?!... what?!" with a "yes" mixed in) here.
2. A Bears fan from Decatur, Ill., is legally changing his name to Peyton Manning because of a bet. Actually, the man won the bet; the loser has to change his name to Rex Grossman.
3. Michigan lawmakers have proposed a day honoring the Colts' Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, a Michigan native. Sure, why not. It's not like the Lions are ever going to win one.
4. Animal services officers have seized a Great Dane from the home of Kings forward Ron Artest, saying that the dog was underfed. An unrepentant Artest insisted that the dog once threw a Coke at him.
5. The Bulls have fined rookie Tyrus Thomas $10,000 for saying that he is only competing in the slam dunk contest for "free money." Come on now, Tyrus, there's no room in professional sports for honesty.
6. Wednesday was National Signing Day, as recruits finally made it official with the Division I college football program of their choice. In a completely unrelated story, new SUVs rolled off the lot this week in record numbers.
7. Time to make the donuts: As you might guess, writing the 10 Spot necessitates trolling through so many sports stories on the Internet each day that occasionally I forget why I'm reading something in the first place. Such as Wednesday, when I was slogging through an NHL story about Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins tying an NHL record for blue-liners by playing in his 486th consecutive game. Frankly, the only reason I clicked on it is because it was briefly listed as one of the top stories on SI.com's front page. Just as I was about to move on, though, I noticed whose record Skrastins will break: Tim Horton's. As any Canadian (as well as some upstate New Yorkers, Detroiters, Ohioans, etc.) can tell you, Horton is much more than just a former NHL defenseman. He is also the founder of Tim Hortons, the doughnut and coffee chain that outranks McDonald's as Canada's largest food-service operator. Anyone who has jaywalked across a Toronto street in the early a.m. for some Timbits (doughnut holes), as I did last summer, will never be the same again. To my shame, though, I didn't realize that Horton was a) a real person; b) a Hockey Hall of Famer; c) a four-time Stanley Cup winner who played 24 seasons in the NHL before dying in a 1974 car crash. I thought he was just a guy who made great doughnuts, which still would have been more than enough to earn my undying admiration.
8. The PGA Tour has announced that the International will be dropped from the schedule. Help us out here; is that the one with the Dave Stapleton scoring system?
9. Six soccer players for a Peruvian pro team suffered burns on their feet last Saturday because the artificial turf was too hot. Then things got really ugly when, by instinct, the players fell to the turf and rolled around.
10. Patriots coach Bill Belichick will lead the AFC team in the Pro Bowl. The NFL has decided it's safer to use Belichick in a game where guys don't hit hard enough to get a concussion in the first place.