-- Underachieving Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is from Santa Claus, Ind. That explains his coolness in the pocklet when the defense is "Blitzen" ... What's the difference between President Obama's health care reform bill and the lowly Redskins? The bill has an actual chance of successfully passing ... Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is dating Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone. He had to make three passes before she gave him a tumble ... Joe Namath and his dog Leo are in trouble after the dog bit three people. A judge ruled he would no longer be allowed at parks and beaches and can leave his property only if he is on a leash and wearing a muzzle. Meanwhile, Leo got off with a warning.
-- Many fans think the whole Gator team choked, not just Tim Tebow. We feel they were outmanned the entire game ... Jerry Glanville was recently fired by Portland State. If that's not hitting bottom, we assume his next job involves either circus elephants or bowling shoes.
-- From John Spadaro: If your child or grandchild gives you a handmade gift, convince him it's your favorite gift of all. It well may be!
-- Did Tiger Woods skip his own tourney in Thousand Oaks because he didn't want to be around so many trees? There's always a silver lining--Tiger is eligible for traffic school. And you thought golf was dull!
-- Boxer Mike Tyson is pitching to publishers his tell-all memoirs. We have a couple of book titles: "Lend Me Your Ear" and "I Writing This Because I'm Broke".
-- Christmas gift idea--a British firm is marketing an aftershave that is said to combine the scents of several soccer teams' locker rooms.
-- Cavaliers' LeBron James wants the NBA to retire Michael Jordan's #23. Only if they add #6, Celtics' Bill Russell, who redefined the defensive game and has more rings (11) than any NBAer. Did you know Russ grabbed 50 rebounds in back to back Final 4 games in 1956 for the University of San Francisco? During his last two seasons at USF, they went 57-1, with two NCAA championships.
-- Dodgers' Manny Ramirez' two sons are both named Manny Ramirez, Jr.
-- In closing, a wonderful little poem written by Alice Leedy Mason and submitted by Chester Malacha -
The heart goes home at Christmas,
Merry, Merry Christmas to all!
Across the miles and years.
Amid the splendor of the day,
The memory appears.
(Some of the information in this column was obtained from other news organizations)