The world just seems like a happier place now that football's back:
• The NFL has cleared Pacman Jones to play for the Cowboys starting Week One. Boy, let's just hope they finish that Texas Stadium roof in time.
• Gold medalist Chinese gymnast He Kexin says she's not upset by the controversy over her age. Then again, she was all hopped up on Gummi bears, so who knows.
• American gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Bryan Clay will appear on Wheaties boxes. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps plans to eat a Wheaties box in one sitting -- cardboard and all.
• Turns out that the Chinese weren't the only ones to fake an Opening Ceremony. Now comes word that during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the world-renowned Sydney Symphony Orchestra "mimed" a performance, with the actual music prerecorded by the Melbourne orchestra.Apparently an overzealous Australian official thought the Melbourne group's violas were just really chubby violins, and yanked them at the last minute.
• Colts coach Tony Dungy expects QB Peyton Manning to play in the team's opener vs. Chicago despite missing the entire preseason after knee surgery. That could make things tough for the Bears, since the only recent Manning film they'll have to go on comes from his 37 commercials.
• Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had his suspension cut from three games to one. He celebrated by slipping over a McDonald's bag -- oops, I'm sorry, slipping over to McDonald's.
• The Yankees reportedly plan to charge as much as $1,923 a pair for the seats at old Yankee Stadium when they are sold after the stadium closes this season. But the price drops to $1,500 if you're willing to take Carl Pavano too.
• Coach K says the expectations at Duke are often unrealistic. Really, why do those spoiled Dookies gripe any time they don't reach the Final Four? They should just be happy they escaped New Jersey.
• The NCAA reports that last year's Final Four generated $47 million for city of San Antonio. That's great news. Maybe San Antonians can finally stop clinging to the memory of the Alamo. Time to move on, people.