Posted: Tuesday March 27, 2007 12:04PM; Updated: Tuesday March 27, 2007 12:04PM
1. Kobe Bryant's 50-point streak came to an end on Sunday night when he scored "only" 43 points as the Lakers beat the Warriors 115-113. Still, Bryant insisted he wasn't disappointed, saying that the most important thing was that he still took three times as many shots as any teammate. Oh, and the team won, that too.
2. The Super Bowl champion Colts will kick off the 2007 NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 6, against the Saints on NBC. Finally, a little airtime for Peyton Manning!
3. Las Vegas police want to charge Titans defensive back Pacman Jones with one felony and two misdemeanor charges for his role in a strip club shooting during NBA All-Star Weekend. Still at large are Pacman's alleged accomplices Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.
4. The NFL is developing a new policy to punish teams as well as individual players for arrests and other off-field misdeeds. One thought was to hamstring the renegade Bengals with a cheapskate owner, but it turns out that's already been done.
5. As SI.com's Stewart Mandel points out, a rematch of the Florida-Ohio State BCS title game could happen in next Monday's NCAA men's basketball final. Here's a tip for the Buckeyes -- if Greg Oden dunks on the opening possession, don't jump on his foot in celebration.
6. Fantastic finish: If you can't wait until Saturday's Final Four, here's a little basketball to tide you over. If you haven't seen the end of last Saturday's Division II championship game, please take three minutes and 34 seconds out of your day to watch the clip. Trust me, it's worth it. Anthony Atkins of Barton (N.C.) College scored 10 points in the final 39 seconds, including a lay-up at the buzzer, as Barton overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 45.6 seconds for a 77-75 win over defending champs Winona State. The latter had carried a 57-game winning streak into the game. My favorite part is that at the start of the clip, Atkinson's face appears on the screen as Barton's Player of the Game with a solid total of 19 points. That honor was announced with 45 seconds left; Atkinson finished with 29.
7. Curt Schilling has apologized to the Red Sox for revealing on his blog that Jonathan Papelbon was returning to the bullpen before the team's official announcement. Which means that in two weeks, Schilling's blog has already broken more news than the 10 Spot in three years.
8. The NHL's director of hockey operations has suggested exploring a possible ban on fighting. I don't see it happening. No way the NHL will mess with those blockbuster TV ratings.
9. Time waster: As if reading the 10 Spot doesn't fritter away enough time, here's a Web site that claims to use sophisticated facial recognition software to tell you which celebrities share the greatest resemblance. You upload a photo and it lists the five men and women that most share that person's features, including the percentage "match." (Alas, you have to register, but it's free.) Actually, "celebrities" might be a bit of a stretch. According to the site, my top five male look-alikes were, in order, IOC head Jacques Rogge, skateboarder Jay Adams, Slovenian ski-jumper Primoz Peterka, Tim Robbins and Jeb Bush. My closest overall match, though, came with Annette Bening. Huh? The next four female doppelgangers were Maria Sharapova (yeah, that's likely), Kathleen Turner, Kathy Bates (!!) and Melanie Chisholm, aka Mel C/Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls. Feel free to plug in pictures of yourself plus yout family, friends and enemies. It's at least minutes of fun.
10. Stat of the day: $70,000. That's the bonus that LSU will pay dismissed coach Pokey Chatman after the Lady Tigers beat UConn 73-50 on Monday night to reach the women's Final Four. Chatman, of course, resigned after the regular season after the school was made aware of what's been euphemistically dubbed as "inappropriate conduct" with a former player or players. Assistant coach Bob Starkey has taken over but LSU agreed to pay Chatman's contract through the end of April, including that Final Four bonus. Well, that's nice "work" if you can find it.