Sunday, February 8, 2004

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Odds and ends in the news

Super Bowl shenanigans

First Justin Timberlake makes every sportswriter's, er, teenage boy's dream come true. Then, some liquored-up Brit in a G-string runs onto the field. Then, both incidents rob headlines from what was quite possibly the greatest Super Bowl of a generation.

Remember when Super Bowl controversy happened the night before the game - and involved a vice squad?

Good ol' boys

After NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer responded to Toyota's new entry into the sport with the reminder that Japan "bombed Pearl Harbor, don't forget," NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter really stepped up. He was quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as saying, "That's Jimmy Spencer."

Hello, football, my old friend

Drew Henson, in the Houston Chronicle, on leaving the Yankees' minor-league system to return to football: "It just basically came down to I missed football a lot more than I ever thought I would."

Ohhhh. So it had nothing to do with you flopping like a bottomed-out salmon in the minors for the last three years? OK.

Total Request Brady

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, on the game: "It was a tremendous game from start to finish. I wish I would have seen the halftime show."

J.T., P. Diddy and T. Brady together? That's just too much. Girls would've fainted like it was the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

I must break you

No. 1 heavyweight contender Vitali Klitschko, who attended his first Super Bowl last Sunday: "I have a lot in common with the Patriots and the Panthers. We are all very hard hitters."

Awesome. This guy's only a burr haircut and steroid diet away from becoming the next Ivan Drago.

Paris, NBA strike deal

Party girl Paris Hilton will be an assistant coach at Friday's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. She will serve under head coach and rap mogul P. Diddy. It's believed to be the oddest NBA couple since Larry Bird teamed with Isiah Thomas in Indiana. And it has "wardrobe malfunction" written all over it.

Quote of the week

"I said what I felt. You can never control me. I'm a 31-year-old juvenile delinquent. No one can control me."

---The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal in his first game back after being suspended one game for profanely criticizing officials during a television interview Sunday

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