So is the weekend here yet?
• With the economy slumping, seven luxury boxes are reportedly still unsold at the new Yankee Stadium. But the team says that’s misleading. Apparently several are being reserved for Madonna and her adopted children.
• It turns out 49ers tailback Frank Gore only has a mild neck injury, not the concussion he thought he had. In a related story, now Mike Martz is blaming the doctors’ slow diagnosis for his crappy call on fourth down.
• Michael Vick’s bankruptcy lawyer says the QB plans to return to the NFL after he’s released from prison. That seems awfully presumptuous. It’s not like a guy can just walk off the street and play QB in the NFL. Well, unless his name rhymes with “Pulpepper.”
• Jerry Jones says he “absolutely” believes that the Cowboys will make the playoffs. In fact, Jones says that Santa has never let him down.
• Five Florida State players are suspended for Saturday's game after a wild brawl with a local fraternity. More charges could still come, which has thrown the program into chaos. In fact, some players are so flustered that they can barely focus on the test papers of the kids sitting next to them.
• Bela Karolyi says the investigation into the ages of the Chinese Olympic gymnasts was a “cover-up.” At least, that’s what he said earlier this week. We haven’t been able to locate him the past few days. Strangest thing.
• Lock of the Week: I thought about giving the Cardinals a chance to redeem themselves while laying three points at Seattle, but will instead return to a team that has already made a LOW comeback this season. That would be the Saints. This week New Orleans visits the Chiefs as 5 ½-point favorites. Herman Edwards’ boys certainly played to win the game last week by trying (and missing) a two-point conversion in the final seconds against the Chargers. For a 1-8 team, though, such a near-miss loss can be very draining. Here’s betting the Chiefs left some of their fight on the field last week, while the 4-5 Saints are still clinging to playoff hopes. That, and a potent Drew Brees-led New Orleans offense, make the Saints the play. (Season record: 6-4.)