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Odds and ends from a Bigfoot world

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thoughts from a Sunday night in front of the television as I wonder how long it's actually going to take the three guys and a girl to find that elusive Bigfoot, er, excuse me, Sasquatch, or "Squatch" for those in the business. And, what exactly are they going to do with him once they find him? Invite him to camp for a can of Beanie Weenies?

And we thought Bobby Petrino's affair had repercussions...

Petrino's very unwise choice that led to a motorcycle crash with a University of Arkansas football department employee, that he pushed to hire, basically crashed the Razorbacks' football program for 2012. It certainly placed the offensive-minded coach's career in rehab.

However, according to some reports, then-CIA Director David Patraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell may have led to Broadwell revealing classified information regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Kinda makes a bad football season seem like small potatoes, huh?

I'll tell you what's not small potatoes... Judy Garland's dress that she wore in "The Wizard of Oz," sold last week for $480,000 at a Beverly Hills auction. Steve McQueen's racing jacket "only" sold for $50,000, the same price that a purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe fetched. Julie Andrews' dress from "Sound of Music" brought $38,000.

Johnny Manziel, a.k.a. "Johnny Football," is the most dynamic college football player to watch since Cam Newton led Auburn to the national championship two years ago. While Manziel won't be leading Texas A&M to the national title this year, there are also no whispers of scandals regarding his going to A&M. After all, Texas and Oregon wanted Manziel to come to their school, but only as a defensive back, not a quarterback. The freshman, fresh off leading the Aggies to an upset at No. 1 Alabama, is getting the last laugh.

Actually, there are reports that Manziel and A&M are working to trademark "Johnny Football." Pat Riley once attempted to trademark the phrase "three-peat" while coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Riley said then-Laker Byron Scott actually dubbed the phrase, the hope was to cash in on all of the Lakers' attire that was being sold as the team chased its third consecutive NBA title in 1989. Ironically, Riley cashed in on the trademark a few years later as the Chicago Bulls won three straight titles on two occasions in the 1990s. The New York Yankees did likewise from 1998-2000. The Lakers, with Phil Jackson calling the shots, finally won three straight from 2000-2002.

I've always liked Jeff Gordon, admiring what he's accomplished on the NASCAR tracks. But Sunday's seemingly premeditated crashing of Clint Bowyer, which actually took five cars out of the race at Phoenix, was inexcusable and forced officials to hand down unprecedented penalties.`