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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

WRONG MANNING

Coincidence? Eli Manning (above) proclaims to be in the same QB stratosphere as Tom Brady just days before the premiere of "Idiot Brother."

FE FI FAUX FAVRE

A man with a striking resemblance to Brett Favre has been impersonating the ex-QB at Packers practice and local sports bars, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. There's no doubt it's a phony, veteran Favre-watchers say: This guy isn't giving any indication he intends to quit.

WHISKER BURNED

"Giants closer Brian Wilson was diagnosed with elbow inflammation," noted David Thomas of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Apparently it was a result of spending too much time combing his beard."

PENALTY ON THE PLAY

The four LSU football players that police want to question in connection with a bar fight have hired a lawyer, Baton Rouge police say. No word on the defense's strategy, but prosecutors reportedly plan to put 12 in the box.

PARTY FOR 12, PLEASE

A judge has been asked to sequester the 12 people who: a) will make up the jury in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor. b) regularly attend Florida Marlins games.

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times