Posted: Monday March 26, 2007 10:23AM; Updated: Monday March 26, 2007 3:14PM
1. Peyton Manning hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Apparently he was difficult to work with. He insisted on preparing multiple scripts for each sketch, then choosing the premise just before the sketch started depending on what look the audience was giving.
2. OK, Manning was actually fine. The spoof on a United Way commercial was the show's highlight. Watching Peyton teach kids how to break into an SUV with a slim jim -- then run after hearing a siren while saying, "Cops, cops, every man for himself!" -- is comedy gold.
3. The Final Four is set with a pair of No. 1 and 2 seeds -- marquee powerhouses Florida, Ohio State, UCLA and Georgetown. That's great news for CBS. Not just for the ratings, but they're all teams Billy Packer's actually heard of before.
4. Great minds?: Monday was a special day at newsstands all around New York City. That's because it marked one of the rare instances in which both the Post and Daily News had the same back-page headline. For a story about Big East power Georgetown beating UNC in overtime, both tabloids went with "Hoyeah!" (The News, though, used a hyphen, i.e. "Hoy-yeah!") Of course, by Tuesday the papers will be back to ripping each other and normalcy will be restored.
5. The NFL set a paid attendance record for the fifth straight season in 2006, surpassing 22 million for the first time. Just to put that in perspective, that's roughly two million fans for every Bengals arrest.
6. The NBA has reprimanded Wizards star Gilbert Arenas for making $10 bets with fans sitting courtside during last week's game at Portland. It's league policy to hold up fans sitting that close for hundreds of dollars, at least.
7. Strange headline of the week: "Yanks may be forced to start Pavano in opener." Wait a second, Carl Pavano might be the Yanks' Opening Day starter? How long have I been asleep? Are these the Bizarro Yankees? Is Joe Torre being replaced by Stump Merrill? Derek Jeter by Andy Stankiewicz? Or Andy Sipowicz? What the heck is going on here?
8. Former Kentucky center Randolph Morris signed with the Knicks just a week after playing in March Madness. Apparently he was attracted to the team's stable coaching situation.
9. Sergio Garcia will likely be fined for spitting into the cup on the 13th hole at Doral on Saturday. Hey, it could have been worse. Had it been a Sunday at a major, Sergio's loogie would have lipped out.
10. Joe Theismann will be replaced on Monday Night Football by Ron Jaworski. Theismann, though, isn't being fired by ESPN; he'll simply annoy viewers in a different capacity.