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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. THE LONG VIEW

Clippers General Manager Neil Olshey recently said in an interview that Blake Griffin (above) would be a Clipper for life. The American Civil Liberties Union promptly filed a lawsuit, saying that would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."

2. TESTING THE WATERS

After winning the NFC championship, Charles Woodson led a cheer in the Packers' locker room that ended, "1-2-3 ... White House!" He later announced a speaking tour of Iowa and New Hampshire for after the Super Bowl.

3. ON, DASHER!

Steve Mesler finished third in a special celebrity 60-yard dash in the Millrose Games on Friday night. If they had forced the athletes to push a sled on snow at the start, Mesler would have won by 10 yards.

4. CAM-DO ATTITUDE

Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is expected to hold a workout in front of the media on Feb. 10 in San Diego. His father said he'd give the reporters a special discount rate for admission.

5. MR. IRRELEVANT

Phil Kessel was at first disappointed to be the last player picked for the NHL All-Star Game. But then he realized that he'd just become the favorite of every kid who was too small, too slow, too heavy or too bad when sides were chosen in gym class ... plus, he got a new car.

-- Budd Bailey

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