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Bill Scheft
November 22, 2004
Do I have this right? Ron Artest wanted two weeks off to attend Arafat's funeral?
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November 22, 2004

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Do I have this right? Ron Artest wanted two weeks off to attend Arafat's funeral?

Networks sign $8 billion extension with NFL It works out to a 25% increase per year, for fewer games. Or, as it's known at CBS, CSI: Tagliabue.

DirecTV extended its Sunday Ticket package with the league for five more years. Great. Now, I have to call some guys I know and have them blow up the southwest corner of the 17th floor of the building in front of my apartment.

Starting in 2006 the last seven matchups on Monday Night Football may be re-chosen after the season is under way. Here's the weird part. The games will be picked by a vote of the five babes on Desperate Housewives.

Before the start of the Steelers' 24--10 win over the Browns, Cleveland RB William Green and Pittsburgh LB Joey Porter were ejected for fighting during warm-ups. Why can't players settle things the old-fashioned way, with a dance contest?

The Titans dropped to 3--6 after losing in overtime to the Bears on a safety. Jeff Fisher is desperate. He's now trying to develop an offense in which two guys stay back and push Steve McNair around on a gurney.

G.M.'s conclude annual meetings in Florida By the way, this marks the official opening of trout-in-barrel hunting season for Scott Boras.

Other than the appearance of superagent Boras, the G.M. meetings were a little dull. The highlight was when the executives agreed to table the motion on whether to use instant replay on urine tests.

Free-agent pitcher Carl Pavano turned down a second offer to star in a future version of ABC's The Bachelor. I guess he didn't think he could go the distance.

Either that or the producers wouldn't let 6% of the female suitors go to Scott Shapiro.

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