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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. HEART STOPPER

The Bills' 3-0 start has an unexpected economic benefit in Western New York. Cardiologists have had to pay their staffs plenty of overtime to handle the unexpected workloads on Sunday afternoons.

2. ANOTHER CRASH LANDING

The space satellite that plunged to earth Saturday apparently landed somewhere in the Pacific. Red Sox manager Terry Francona had figured that, the way things have been going, it might land on the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium.

3. A LONG DRIVE

Some Nebraska football fans bought Wyoming season tickets in order to watch Saturday's game in Laramie. Even Maple Leafs fans wouldn't go to that extreme.

4. VETO-PROOF IDEA

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a funding bill designed to spur private investment as San Francisco gets ready to host the America's Cup in 2013. With this sort of jobs program, there won't be an unemployed yachtsman anywhere in the state.

5. HELP NEEDED

The Palestinians recently asked the United Nations for statehood. If that doesn't work, they'll try to team up with another group that is wandering aimlessly without a home these days -- the football schools of the Big East.

-- Budd Bailey

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