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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. DUCKS STOP HERE DEPT.

The only chance of stopping Oregon in football this season, veteran Pac-12 watchers say, is if:

a) LaMichael James and Darron Thomas get injured.

b) The NCAA goes Duck hunting.

c) Some lucky cop clocks the team bus doing 118 down I-5.

2. TOO BUSY FOR GAMES

Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., has been forced to create a "spirit squad" to cheer at its football and basketball games, the Delaware County Daily Times reported, because the real cheerleaders were too busy practicing and competing in cheer competitions.

3. GEE, THAT WAS EASY

Ohio State president Gordon Gee was downright giddy after the Little Sisters of the Poor religious order officially forgave him for invoking their name in reference to other schools' weak nonconference football foes.

Forgiveness from the NCAA for his Buckeyes' off-field transgressions, one figures, won't be quite as forthcoming.

4. JUST WONDERING

So who would win the race to get to the bottom of the Miami football scandal, the NCAA or FEMA?

5. WHOA ISN'T ME

The Jacksonville Sharks won the Arena Football League title by defeating the Arizona Rattlers, 73-70.

Or as noted by David Thomas of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Proving once again that defense wins championships."

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times