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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. THE LONG COUNT

Receiver Randy Moss (above) says he's retiring after 13 NFL seasons -- or, as he prefers to call it, taking every play off.

2. ONE FOR THE BOOKS

Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, after the NBA claimed the lockout had nothing to do with laying off 11 percent of its employees: "I have to check the rule book. I think that's the definition of double drivel."

3. SHOOTING OFF HIS MOUTH

Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, after Jets coach Rex Ryan said it was a "leap of faith" to sign Plaxico Burress: "Well, at least he didn't say it was 'a shot in the dark.' "

4. BASE INSTINCTS

Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, on the 50th annual Congressional Baseball Game: "Equipment was purchased by the Pentagon, so rosin bags cost $12,000 each."

5. GOODIES BUT OLDIES

Kampala, Uganda, lost its bid to become the first African team to play in the Little League World Series when U.S. consular services denied it visas because players' listed ages and birth dates didn't jibe. No surprise there: Six of the team's players are rumored to be dating Chinese gymnasts.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times