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What’s in a number? A lot

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Fred Smoot of the Minnesota Vikings said he’d pay $10,000 for jersey No. 21, worn by safety Corey Chavous, who so far isn’t biting.

They’re the latest of many NFL players bickering over numbers. Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins agreed to buy Ifeanyi Ohalete’s No. 26 for $40,000, then Ohalete got cut, and the squabbling over payment nearly landed in court before Portis relented.

New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles might as well wear a “For Sale” sign above his number. He gave Eli Manning No. 10 in return for a family vacation. He then gave Plaxico Burress No. 17 for an outdoor kitchen.

Feagles will wear No. 18 this season – presumably.

Safe or out?

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement in support of manager Joe Torre, ensuring that his “job is safe,” and given the Boss’ history, we all know what that could mean.

Wrote syndicated columnist Norman Chad: “Memo to Joe Torre: U-Haul has a good daily rate.”


Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick, on Jamal Lewis’ not being allowed out of a halfway house to attend minicamp, told the Baltimore Sun, “It’s disappointing, especially since every time I turn on the TV, Martha Stewart is all over the country doing something. Evidently, she has a different furlough guy than Jamal.”

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic wrote: “Gee, it seems to us that none of this would be a problem had Lewis not tried to broker a COCAINE DEAL with an undercover FEDERAL AGENT.”

Pretty Fly guy

Some random musings from The Fly of The Sporting News:

“Randy Moss’ No. 18 Raiders jersey is the NFL’s No. 1 seller. Industry insiders say that’s not surprising because superstar players who have new duds often fare the best when it comes to merchandising.

“In fact, also cracking the top 10 is Jamal Lewis’ bright orange jumpsuit.”

•”Later this month, the Chicago White Sox are offering a promotion called “Senior Citizens Stroll the Bases” at U.S. Cellular Field.

“That shows the creativity of their front office because most teams would just call it “We’re playing the Yankees” night.”

German court spoils fun

Calling the practice “highly inconvenient,” a German court has upheld a ruling denying a group of cyclists a nude spin along the Rhine River to celebrate “World Nude Cycling Day.”

Highly inconvenient, indeed. Those bicycle seats are hard even with the extra padding.

At least it wasn’t a BMX course.

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