Here are some morsels to savor as you wonder why Tony Romo doesn't just tell the docs to amputate his pinkie like everyone else:
• Steelers safety Troy Polamalu says the NFL’s overzealous fines for hard hits is making football a “pansy game.” You know what, he’s right. What’s next, guys playing with long, curly hair flowing out the back of their helmet?
• The Red Sox staged an amazing comeback from a 7-0 deficit with two outs in the seventh inning to beat the Rays 8-7 last night to stay alive in the ALCS. It was the greatest back-from-the-dead rally since Easter.
• After Tampa Bay’s shocking meltdown there were all sorts of questions for manager Joe Maddon. Though the oddest was this one from Sarah Palin: “Where’d you get those sweet glasses?”
• The MLB players union says it can prove teams conspired against signing Barry Bonds. Unfortunately, Greg Anderson still won’t talk.
• Yankees co-chair Hank Steinbrenner says Joba Chamberlain will likely be a starting pitcher next season. Hank says the move is his call, at least until it doesn’t work.
• Broncos QB Jay Cutler says that he has a stronger arm than Denver legend John Elway. Big deal. Elway’s gotta be 50 years old by now.
• Lock of the Week: The Bears managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last week against the Falcons at home. Here’s betting that won’t happen again this Sunday in Chicago against the Vikings. (The Bears are laying three points.) With the season fast approaching the midway point, it’s time for teams with serious postseason aspirations to stop messing around. The Bears are one of those teams, and they’ve already squandered more than one game they seemed certain to win -- a mere eight points separate their 3-3 record from a would-be 6-0. Look for them to end that trend, at least for one week. (LOW Season Record: 4-2.)