Tony suburb is the home of the unbeaten Boston College men's basketball and one place that just can't lose in Super Bowl XXXIX: Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Patriots owner Robert Kraft both grew up there.
After denying whispers that he's dating publicity-friendly golfer Natalie Gulbis, the Offensive Rookie of the Year had his second straight subpar playoff game. This time he tossed three interceptions (if not for some dropped balls, it might have been five) to lose for the first time since August 2003--when he was a junior at Miami ( Ohio).
Recent headlines? Forward Qyntel Woods was cut after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse, and former Jail Blazer Scottie Pippen is suing his lawyer for malpractice. The Rose Garden crowds are thin (one sellout all year), and so are prospects for the injury-plagued team that's off to its worst start in 29 years. Coach Maurice Cheeks has responded by banning popcorn from the locker room.
Purdue coach Gene Keady, who'll retire at season's end after 25 years, has his team at 0--6 in the Big Ten and 4--12 overall after losing to Iowa last Saturday. Keady, 68, to the Dayton Daily News: "We're having a season of hell.... I haven't been in a hole this deep in my career."
As last week's storm rolled in, visions of Ice Bowls were dancing in our heads. Alas, by kickoff the fields were cold but clean, and there was not a flake to be found in the Pennsylvania sky.