• Social Study
It was a good weekend for Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He led Buffalo to a comeback win over the Bengals on Sunday, the day after his alma mater, Harvard, beat Yale. Fitzpatrick told me he didn't really know Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was at Harvard at the same time. Fitzpatrick didn't rule out inviting the billionaire loner to a game. "I'm still kind of upset that he stole my idea," Fitzpatrick joked. "We have some mutual friends—maybe I'll go through them."
• Hard Times
Brian Kelly's first season as Notre Dame's football coach was marred by the death of Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old student who was killed when the lift he was using to film practice blew over. I asked Kelly to respond to critics. "I think I handled it the way any person in a leadership position [should]," he told me. "I took responsibility.... Everyone's looking to point a finger, but I understand that. It comes with being the head coach at Notre Dame."
• Line of the week
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk told me how he'll know when he's too old to compete: "When you suck at it. People would be happy to tell you about that. There's plenty of people out there on the Internet especially."
THE FINE PRINT: Jimmie Johnson won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup despite winning fewer races than runner-up Denny Hamlin. Finally, the BCS makes sense.
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