1. WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Linsanity, it appears, hasn't spread to Thoroughbred racing yet. Winforlin, a winless 11-1 long shot, ran in Monday's third race at Santa Anita -- and came in sixth.
2. PREGNANT PAUSE
How's this for poetic justice? New Athletics signee Manny Ramirez -- who once tested positive for a female fertility drug -- has to sit out the season's first trimester.
3. NO-REPEAT RULE
The Astros' opening-day lineup this season might not have a single player who started the 2011 opener. Looks like they can scratch "Goin' Back To Houston" from the stadium play list.
4. IT'S CROWDED IN COACH
How about that 21-man Miami Dolphins coaching staff? "Lot of specialists there," admitted Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. "I think the backup long snapper has his own coach."
5. CLOWN SHOW
TNT's Kenny Smith, on the play of the hapless Washington Wizards: "I'm just waiting for the bucket with the confetti to come out one night."
-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times