Here's hoping you enjoy the Columbus Day weekend, because I know I will:
• Travis Henry was released from jail yesterday after posting a $400,000 bond. The judge actually said he would allow Henry to go on his own recognizance, but Henry insisted he was clean and turned the offer down.
• Reds manager Dusty Baker is going to be the fill-in coach for his son’s 10-and-under traveling tournament team this weekend. But don’t worry, doctors will be standing by to perform Tommy John Jr. surgery.
• NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards scuffled in the garage yesterday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Afterward, Harvick said he hit Edwards with a JiffyPop jab followed by a Rayovac right cross.
• The martial arts company that set up the fight in which Internet sensation Kimbo Slice was knocked out in 14 seconds has denied allegations that the bout was fixed. In fact, a company spokesman said, the fight was supposed to last 30 seconds.
• Padres owner John Moores will reportedly have to sell 49 percent of the team as part of his divorce settlement. That’s just not fair. Why is divorce law so skewed to the Madres?
• Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goalie best known for having his jugular vein sliced open by a skate blade in a 1989 game, is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the chin with a rifle. Hmm, first the guy gets his jugular cut in a freak incident and later he shoots himself in the face, and lives to tell about both? Does that make him the unluckiest guy in the world, or the luckiest?
• Lock of the Week: In these trying times, it’s important to give folks a second chance. That’s what the LOW will do this Sunday with the Saints. Sure, New Orleans let us down on Monday night against the Vikings, losing a game it seemed certain to win. Yet we’re sticking with the Saints as they lay seven points at home against the Raiders. Frankly, the Saints (2-3) need this one, and they know they just blew a game pretty badly on national TV. Plus they booted Martin Gramática, who missed a late field goal in addition to having another field goal blocked and returned for a TD against the Vikes. The Raiders make me nervous because teams often rally behind a new coach -- Tom Cable now answers to the madman Al Davis rather than Lane Kiffin -- but the Saints are the more desperate team. In a league where emotion is so important, hopefully that will be the difference. (Season record: 3-2.)