-- Miami is excited to have Bill Parcells come to the rescue and next year, the dolphin on their helmets will be replaced by a "big tuna" ... The NFL has turned down an offer by Don Shula to serve as head referee for all Patriots playoff games ... Pats owner Robert Kraft recently gave $5 mil to his alma mater, Columbia U.--speculation the money will be used to buy video equipment ... By far the biggest miracle of the NFL season--Bills TE Kevin Everett now walking on his own. Buffalo is considering playing one regular season game in Toronto. Canada, have you seen the Bills play? ... The first Super Bowl (1967) was not sold out and tickets ranged from $6-12. A 30-second TV ad, now over $2 mil, was $42,000.
-- So far this year USC has brought in 28 five-star recruits and 56 four-stars. USF has brought in three five-star recruits and seven four-stars, yet on the field they're not that far apart.
-- According to Jason Kotski, the saxophone was invented by Adolph Sax.
-- Michael Jordan's divorce settlement cost him $168 mil, which explains why, on Jordan sportswear, the little silhouette logo is now wearing a barrel ... Last year's NBA All-Star Game, Feb. 15-18, brought 1,379 arrests in Las Vegas. Atlanta hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four (March 20-April 2) and 1,462 people were arrested.
-- On a scale of one to 10, the Mitchell Report scored a 9--ironically, that's the average hat size of the players named in it ... Three times now, Yankee P Roger Clemens has retired to spend more time with his family, then unretired because he got tired of his family ... The Giants should rip out the huge Coca Cola bottle in left field and replace it with a giant bottle of Barry Bond's "cream and clear" ... Last month the Marlins acquired six players from Detroit who were late arriving at a news conference. Due to Marlins' cost-cutting measures, the six were asked to hitchhike down and had been picked up in Tennessee by a guy with a ZZ Top beard in a VW van.
-- Will the NHL's leading scorer, Lightning's Vinny Lecavalier, be wearing a Montreal uniform soon?
-- Big reason Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves won Dancing with the Stars--perhaps it was for spinning partner Julianne Hough at 178 mph.
-- In closing, this from Mark Young: "How many fish did you say you caught last Saturday?" a wife asked her husband as she went through the mail. "I brought home six beauties, why?" was his reply. "Just as I thought," she exclaimed. "The fish market is trying to bill us for eight."
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)