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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

TESTING, TESTING

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (above) underwent a blood test for HGH, the same procedure he is advocating to be used with players in the next collective bargaining agreement. His test came back negative, although there were traces of grandstanding.

SPEND, BABY, SPEND

The NFL released its 2011 schedule last week, despite the fact the labor dispute remains ongoing. The NFL expects fans to mindlessly buy overpriced tickets anyway, even if a bunch of accountants are suiting up in September.

TATS INCREDIBLE

The NCAA said Ohio State's Jim Tressel failed to act with "honesty and integrity" and permitted ineligible athletes to participate. He did, however, encourage the use of positive messages on all of his players' illegally procured tattoos.

PEYTON'S PLACE

Michael Vick could become the first NFL player to appear twice on the cover of a Madden NFL video game. The other finalist in the fan voting, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, would have to settle for being the second Peyton.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

A fan website is offering former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton $1 million if he can pass a lie detector test. Auburn officials are outraged and plan to see if the site's owner would be interested in joining the school's booster club.

-- Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel

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