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• Tens of thousands of Philadelphians will honor the World Series champion Phillies today with a raucous downtown parade. Let’s just pray the steps of the Art Museum can withstand the weight.
• VP candidate Sarah Palin was booed yesterday in the western Pennsylvania city of Erie when she toasted the Phillies. Erie is a seven-hour drive from Philly. From Erie, in fact, you have as good a chance seeing Russia as Philly.
• Palin knew she’d made a mistake as soon as she heard the reaction. After all, real Philly fans never boo.
• New 49ers coach Mike Singletary admits that he dropped his pants during halftime of his first game to demonstrate to his players that they were getting their “tails whipped.” Plus, he figured mooning the guys was the only way to make their eyes bulge like Singletary’s used to.
• UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough will miss practice indefinitely with a stress reaction condition in his right shin. If it turns out that the bone isn’t strong enough, doctors might transplant a tiny sliver of Hansbrough’s will.
• Penn State’s 81-year-old coach Joe Paterno was vague last night when discussing what doctors have told him about his ailing leg and hip. Now JoePa watchers are trying to determine whether he was being intentionally coy, or he just plum forgot.
• The East Timor national soccer team drew 2-2 with Cambodia last week, the first game ever that the country hasn’t lost. In the riotous celebration that followed, they nearly toppled the wall separating East and West Timor.
• Lock of the Week: So far this season, the LOW has primarily relied on the strategy of selecting a team that really needs a win, especially a playoff contender coming off some struggles and playing at home. So far, it’s mostly worked. And like the offensive coordinator who’s just going to keep running the simple off-tackle play until the opponent proves he can stop it, I don’t want to out-think myself now by throwing deep into double-coverage. Thus this week I like the Broncos, giving 3 ½ points in Denver against the Dolphins. The Broncos got out of the gate quickly but have sputtered of late, including a 41-7 beatdown in their last outing in New England. Mike Shanahan’s team has had a bye week to lick its wounds after that blowout. Look for QB Jay Cutler and the Denver offense to come back to life, at least for one week. (Season Record: 6-2)