1. WRONG PATTERN
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame's leading receiver last season, has been arrested on drunken driving allegations. Empathetic Irish fans are said to be down-and-out.
2. PRESIDENT 2, COACH 1
"I didn't vote for him, either," said Oakland University coach Greg Kampe after President Obama picked Texas over Oakland in his NCAA bracket, "so I guess we're even now." Well, that tie didn't last very long: Texas 85, Oakland 81.
3. ROCKY TOPPER
Q: What do Tennesseans now call the biggest lie they've ever heard? A: The mother of all Pearls.
4. HITTING FOR THE RECYCLE
Northwest teams representing six professional leagues -- Mariners (MLB), Seahawks (NFL), Trail Blazers (NBA), Canucks (NHL), Storm (WNBA) and Sounders FC (MLS) -- have joined forces with the Green Sports Alliance, bent on reducing sports' negative environmental impact. Remember when "going green" to a pro-sports mogul simply meant raising ticket prices?
5. PAGING WILLIE NELSON
"Former boxing champ Christy Martin suffered knife and bullet wounds in a fight started by her husband, who was upset because Christy told him she was leaving him for a woman," wrote Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Now there's a country song that will pretty much write itself."
-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times