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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. PROMISES, PROMISES

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said he will no longer use the word "rings" after causing a stir when he suggested he'd have a couple of Super Bowl rings if he'd been coaching in San Diego. He may have taken his self-imposed ban too far at the Burger King drive-thru when he ordered a Whopper with cheese and "onions deep-fried in a circular shape with a hole in the middle."

2. TALKING ABOUT WHAT?

Former NBA star Allen Iverson plans to host a two-day basketball tournament in Las Vegas featuring locked-out NBA players. Per Iverson's preference, they will not practice before the games.

3. MERCILESS LIONS

The Atlanta Falcons have accused Detroit Lions defensive players Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril of taunting

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after he went down with a leg injury. Avril denied the charge. Suh did not immediately

respond because he was busy knocking down fifth-grade quarterbacks and taking their lunch money.

4. LESS THAN GOLDEN

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish

revealed their new helmets for the USC game. The helmets reportedly featured flakes of gold. It must be true because the Irish flaked out early in the first quarter.

5. THIS BUD SELIG'S FOR YOU

Major League Baseball is looking into allegations of beer drinking in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse and may ban alcohol from all clubhouses. I guess it's the age-old debate with no easy answer: Should

employees drink company-provided beer while they're on the clock or not?

-- Reggie Hayes, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel