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For his boorish behavior on the Colorado State sideline during the Rams' loss at Colorado on Sept. 3, Broncos backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, 25. The former Colorado State quarterback showed up wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an obscenity and heckled Colorado fans behind the Rams' bench, at one point making an obscene gesture at them. After a lecture from Denver coach Mike Shanahan, Van Pelt apologized. "I get too passionate about it," he said. "I might just have to stay away from it because I can get in too much trouble."
By the Denver coroner's office, that 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion's death last month was caused by a heart attack. An autopsy revealed that Herrion, 23, who collapsed after a preseason game against the Broncos at Invesco Field, had a significant arterial blockage. The coroner also found scar tissue suggesting that blood flow to his heart had previously been restricted. (Herrion was likely unaware of that episode, and the signs of his heart disease would have been nearly undetectable in an otherwise healthy person.) The coroner also said Herrion's toxicology report showed no presence of drugs and that his weight (he was 6'3" and weighed 335 pounds) didn't contribute to his heart trouble.
From a distressed boat in the Bering Sea, former Dolphins running back Larry Csonka (below). On Sept. 7 the NFL Hall of Famer, 58, and five others were hunting reindeer on Umnak Island, a remote isle in the Aleutians, for an episode of North to Alaska, Csonka's outdoors show on OLN. During their trip back to a village on Umnak, gale force winds, rain and nine-foot waves pushed their 28-foot vessel out to sea. The Coast Guard was called early Thursday morning, and 10 hours later a rescue helicopter arrived--after a 600-mile flight from the town of Kodiak, the closest Coast Guard base--to lift the group to safety. "It was moment to moment," Csonka, who owns a home in Anchorage, told the Anchorage Daily News. "It was 10 or 12 hours ... [of] seasickness and not being able to drink water because it was so rough, and hanging on to each other." The film equipment was left behind in the boat, which was abandoned.
From the baseball lexicon, the word Expos. The Vermont Expos of the New York--Penn League kept the nickname for one last campaign as a tribute to the team that played in Montreal, 100 miles to the north, from 1969 through 2004. Next season the team will be renamed--contenders for a new nickname include the Green Mountain Boys and the Maplebombers--and the word Expos will no longer grace a pro baseball jersey. In a performance worthy of their name, the Vermont Expos spent every day of their final season in last place.