Posted: Thursday April 26, 2007 1:07PM; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2007 1:07PM
1. More airport trouble: Though we "reported" in Tuesday's 10 Spot that Michael Vick would address Congress that day to lobby for more funding for after-school programs, Vick was actually a no-show. The Falcons quarterback was traveling to D.C. from Tampa, where he had played in teammate Warrick Dunn's charity golf tournament. Vick was scheduled to change planes in Atlanta, but his AirTran flight from Tampa was delayed and he missed his connection. The Tampa-Atlanta flight must have been really late, moreover, since we all know that Vick can run; he probably would have made O.J. look like a sluggard as he busted through the terminal to catch his flight. But here's a valid question raised by reader Chris Adams of Charlotte: Can't Vick spring for a direct flight from Tampa to D.C.? Didn' t he sign a 10-year contract extension a while back worth an estimated $130 million? AirTran is an airline for, well, poor people like me.
2. The Eagles will hold a series of special events this season in honor of their 75th Anniversary. Fans will select their all-time favorite at every position, in addition to the hotly awaited vote for Most Popular Injury of a Visiting Player.
3. Full of bad cheer: As you might have seen earlier this week on SI.com, the FBI is investigating whoever mailed dozens of threatening letters complaining about TV coverage of college cheerleaders. What made the letters rise above the level of nuisance is that some contained a potentially harmful pesticide. My first reaction, of course, was to throw out all my mail given SI.com's patented cheerleader galleries. (Fortunately, we're in the clear.) But as it turns out, though, these crazies are even nuttier than it appears at first glance. Most of the letters claim that camera crews spend too much time on close-ups of cheerleaders, saying that such shots are exploitive of women. OK, that's actually a rational critique, if an irrational delivery mechanism. Yet the FBI also released the text of this letter sent in December 2006: "For the last 6 years, Ohio State cheerleaders have received more TV time than any other Division 1A cheer squad on ESPN, because they wear long sleeved red/white outfits. If they wore sleeveless outfits, they would not get ANY TV time. So, we are fed up with this constant exploitation." Huh? Did someone miss the memo? So now the societal critique is that demurely clad cheerleaders are getting too much airtime, stealing it away from the poor, hard-working sleeveless lasses who are just trying to show a little skin to get on TV? I hope the FBI finds this person or persons, because now I'm truly frightened.
4. Brewers manager Ned Yost tumbled forward while jogging on uneven pavement Tuesday and broke his collarbone. Odd timing. The Brewers don't usually fall on their faces until the second half.
5. The Grizzlies have received permission from the Sixers to interview Larry Brown. Memphis hopes the former Knicks coach can share his secrets for turning a huge profit from a losing team.
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