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RICKY HONORED: Ricky Williams today named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for last week's three-TD effort at Carolina.
GINN SKEWERED IN VIDEO: Our friend Ted Ginn Jr. gets the parody treatment in a new YouTube video set to the tune of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot." Pretty clever, I must say. Click here for the vid.
BROWNS MAY TRY TO LURE PARCELLS: The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi, who has covered the NFL since helmets were turtle shells, reports -- citing an anonymous source -- that the hapless Browns may try to lure famed team rebuilder Bill Parcells from the Dolphins after the season, and that his contract would allow him to leave and still be paid by Miami. Click here for the unsettling tale. Hard to imagine it happening. Then again the inscrutable Parcells is a nomad who loves a challenge and, at 68, might have one more big one in him. (Dear Tuna: have you checked the weather in Cleveland lately?)
CANES VS. PITT, WANNSTEDT IN BOWL?: Interesting. Hurricanes up from 20th to 17th in latest BCS rankings, and now ESPN's updated bowl projections have UM-Pitt on Jan. 1 in the Gator Bowl in Jax. That'd be tasty, considering Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt is of course a former UM assistant and Dolphins coach. Return of the Wannstache! Or not. Website has two guessers predictors and the other guy sees UM-Northwestern in Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Zzz.
RICKY'S PRANIC HEALER: Here's what I love about Ricky Williams. He is such a freakin' free spirit -- genuinely, not contrived -- that no matter what you hear he is into, it's like, "Yeah, that makes sense." That was the reaction to colleague Barry Jackson's piece on Ricky's involvement with a "pranic healer." His guru, Daniel O'Hara of Orange County, Calif. -- pictured right -- gives an example of pranic healing, saying he might "visualize Ricky's ankle as if he's standing in front of me. I visualize him glowing. I make a sweeping motion over my ankle to remove the dirty energy from his ankle that's creating an abnormality and give his body fresh, revitalizing energy.'' Imagine if Dwyane Wade of Hanley Ramirez swore by such a "healer"? It'd be news, a controversy. With Ricky, it seems normal. South Florida has never had a more odd, fascinating athlete.
HOW THE BEAVER LOOKS AT 61: Faint memories of Jerry Mathers as the Beaver in TV's "Leave It to Beaver" sitcom? Then you might be interested in scrutinizing this rather bizarre photo (right) of Mathers today. Today's question: Whose fixed smile is creepier: Pranic healer Daniel O'Hara's? Or the Beaver's?
HOW TO FIX NASCAR: Covered yesterday's big Homestead race; click here for my Jimmie Johnson column. I follow NASCAR. Like it. (I'm one of the Juniorites with the unrequited wish that No. 88 would do something, please). I also recognize NASCAR is not perfect. This was the fifth straight year the big season finale here has been anticlimactic because the points leader could all but back into the season title. For NASCAR to have its Super Bowl the final race must have a competitive, winner-take-all feel every year. I'd scrap the Chase for the Cup format. The 12-driver/10-race thing was an interesting, bold idea that has not produced the desired results. My solution: Let the first 35 races set the field for the 36th and final race. Only the top 20 drivers get in, determined thusly: Any driver who has won at least one race that season, plus a free entry to the defending series champ if he hasn't won. Balance of field is made up of non-winners with the most points. Homestead grid is determined not by qualifying times, but by most season wins, with most points as the tiebreaker. Cars start at 3-second intervals. That gives you an exclusive 20-car field weighted by season results, yet giving everybody a shot. That gives NASCAR its Super Bowl. (Pictured: Jimmie Johnson either waving, or guaranteeing a fifth straight season title next year).
QUITE A SACRIFICE: In Nepal, 200,000 buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigeons are being killed in a religious sacrifice. Cannot yet confirm speculation PETA plans to dispatch 200,000 naked women in protest.
FANTASY LOSSES UNABATING: My Bad Newz Fennelz fell to 3-8 with a 107-73 loss; Drew Brees had 22 points for me. Greg's Lobos fell to 4-7 with a 117-98 loss, despite Tony Gonzalez's 22.
KOBE BRYANT SHOWS OFF: Kobe gets hip-checked over the baseline Sunday and sinks a shot from behind the basket. What? Like you didn't think he could? Click here for video; the shot comes at around 7-10 second mark.
WIFE OF DOLPHINS PART-OWNER FALLS ON ASS AT AWARDS SHOW: J-Lo went O-No at the AMA music awards last night, falling on her bum during a song performance. Click here for the quick vid that makes Jennifer Lopez wish YouTube had never been invented. Also at the ceremony, Michael Jackson reminded us that, while dying tends to ruin a guy's year, dying also can be good for business as Michael posthumously won four awards. It was a big night overall for creepy androgyny, as Adam Lambert also performed.
LATEST ROUND OF THANKS...: ...to Chicago Daily Herald, Florida Times-Union, Kamloops (BC) News, Los Angeles Times, Merced (CA) Sun-Star, Orange County Register, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Times, and, as always, 790 The Ticket and Le Batard for the regular Tuesday bit.
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