-- How about the North Carolina guy who recently caught a state-record 21-lb. catfish with his granddaughter's 2 1/2-foot Barbie fishing pole.
-- Did you ever think you'd see Jeremy Shockey called a Saint? ... Ryan Leaf and Dan Marino said they will not appear on Dancing with the Stars based on their mobility late in their careers. We've seen statues in parks with pigeons on their heads move faster ... Ex-Buc Warren Sapp now has a life on TV despite his rude and obnoxius behavior toward the public and media and all those paternity suits ... Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has legally changed his name to Ocho Cinco (85, his jersey number). Think I'd like to be known as T.R. Calle Ocho ... Kinda like to see the Chargers and Eagles in this year's Super Bowl, with the Vikings the sleeper. Do the Bucs have too many "wrinkles" at key positions?
-- The rebuilding Miami Hurricanes are so young that five of their starters would be ineligible to compete in Olympic gymnastics--except for China, of course ... Don't count Missouri out of the collegiate race if they tighten their defense.
-- According to Sissy Scharf, a horse's legs are as long at birth as they will be when they grow up.
-- A 9-year-old boy in New Haven, Conn., has been thrown out of his Little League because he pitches too well. Our Rays have dispatched a scout! ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, asked to explain the increased number of broken bats this season: "I'm not a bat-maker and I'm not a termite, I honestly don't know" ... Did you know Henry Chadwick, a renowned journalist who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (Executive/Pioneer Class of 1938), developed the modern box score and introduced stats such as ERA? He is the great great grandfather of local resident Pam Gullifer ... Look how great those NBA kids played together as an Olympic team after a couple months of "college coaching" ... Charles Barkley is thinking of having his upcoming colonoscopy televised to help cancer-prevention awareness. This is clearly not the time to buy HD television.
-- Now we hear Michael Phelps is really 12.
-- The LPGA Tour wanted to require all its players to speak English in 2009. Couldn't they simply teach all those South Koreans dominating the tour to say, "Thanks for this large cardboard check"?
-- In closing, Maritza Silva tells us, "If you don't like the way women drive, stay off the sidewalk!"
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)