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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. PLENTY OF GOOD SEATS

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur says it's tough to find good ice this time of year, because "buildings are so busy." He obviously hasn't been to the First Niagara Center lately.

2. HOP TO IT

A Rhode Island development agency returned a $1.125 million check from Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company after discovering it was backed by insufficient funds. Schilling should know that a bad bounce can do terrible things to a pitcher's record.

3. WE'LL MISS HIM

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says he's done with Twitter, saying he doesn't need the aggravation. In tribute to him, Twitter messages will be reduced to 139 characters because there is one less character on the site.

4. NOW HIRING

Former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has sold his house to Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer. The new owner's first move was to put a greeter at the end of the driveway.

5. NEW CHECKPOINT

The Bowie BaySox are having a 1-kilometer run later this month, in which participants will have to have a beer after each of three laps around the warning track. Afterwards, police will ask competitors to run a straight line.

-- Budd Bailey