Are you like me? Are you beside yourself with anticipation for LSU's opener against giant-slayer Appalachian State on Saturday? Here are some tidbits to tide you over:
• A Connecticut Little League has told a 9-year-old that he can't pitch anymore because he's too good. On the bright side, though, he's drawing heavy interest from the Chinese Olympic team.
• Gymnastics sweetheart Nastia Liukin has signed to star in a movie with comedian Mario Cantone. The film will be called Chalk It Up. Except in China, where it will be released as Stick The Landing Where The Sun Don't Shine.
• Fidel Castro has defended the Cuban taekwondo Olympian who kicked a ref in the face in Beijing. El Presidente says he's most disappointed in the Chinese government; fellow Communists should be able to fix the results better than that.
• Beach volleyball's two-time gold medalist Misty May-Treanor has signed for the next cast of Dancing With The Stars. ABC obviously feels she'll be a draw after appearing onscreen so often during the Olympics. But come on -- is anybody going to even recognize her in clothes?
• The Mets have passed four million tickets sold for the season. That puts them way ahead of the franchise record. Hey, let's hope they can hang on to this lead.
• The LPGA is going to require all its players to speak English. That's opposed to the PGA Tour, where players speak no evil about Tiger.
• Jets coach Eric Mangini says he's likely to sit QB Brett Favre out of the team's preseason finale. That should take pressure of the team's young fill-ins, since all the TV cameras will be focused on St. Brett on the sidelines.