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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. SORRY, MR. JACOBS

Bruins forward Brad Marchand (above) jokingly called Buffalo "the worst place in the NHL" in a radio interview Thursday. Um, Brad, we'll have to see if the guy who signs your paychecks has the same sense of humor.

2. REPORTING FOR DUTY

The St. Louis Rams will play a home game in London next season, but will still pay game-day stadium employees for the missed game. Paid not to work? This sounds like the basis for a question at the next presidential debate.

3. ON WISCONSIN

The Wisconsin state assembly has approved a resolution to make Dec. 12, 2012 "Aaron Rodgers Day." Think any lawmakers will face recall votes over this motion?

4. A BIG STEP UP

After West Virginia backed out of a scheduled football game with Florida State, the Seminoles filled the hole with FCS school Savannah State. Attention, Tigers' athletic department: If you went 1-10 against teams like Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk St., playing Florida St. won't help.

5. CASE OF THE MUNCHIES

Police say former major leaguer Elijah Dukes tried to eat a small bag of pot after he was pulled over early Thursday morning in Tampa. Doctors always said that those late-night snacks can be addicting.

-- Budd Bailey