It's a Super deal
Scalpers have been loitering outside the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Tempe trying to buy Super Bowl tickets from season-ticket holders who qualified for admission to the Feb. 3 game in Glendale, Ariz. According to the Arizona Republic, one scalper said he'd pay $2,500 for a $700 face-value ticket and still make a $500 profit. Said another:
"I say these people deserve to get something for their season tickets besides having had to spend all fall watching a team that never goes nowhere."
No love for gloves
Roy Jones Jr. lost his gloves before he even stepped in the ring Saturday night. Jones, who defeated Felix Trinidad in a unanimous decision, wasn't allowed to wear colored boxing gloves honoring his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, in his fight against Trinidad at Madison Square Garden. Jones hoped to sport a special pair of Grant gloves in burgundy and gray to match his trunks with the fraternity's TKE logo and colors. After Jones met with Trinidad's father and lawyer on the morning of the bout, promoter Don King said Jones agreed to switch back to Everlast gloves, as specified in the fighters' contract. Story, Page C-5
He's getting Heat-ed
Having tried optimism through the first 38 games and having lost 30 of them, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley ran out. With all his starters back, the Heat (now 8-32) began a seven-game homestand in which it hoped to climb back into the race, and lost 126-96 to the Bulls on Wednesday. In the really bad news, Shaquille O'Neal, looking revitalized, went for 24 points with 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 24 ... and it didn't matter. "Right now, tonight, at this moment, I have no answers," Riley said. Asked if his players still care, Riley said, "You've got to ask them that question. I think they have the desire. They're just a bad team. They don't want to accept that." In either case, it's not good.
Green Bay fans have circulated a so-called Packers Prayer -- a take on The Lord's Prayer -- on the Internet leading up to the team's NFC title game today.
It reads: "Our Favre, Who art in Lambeau, Hallowed be thine arm/Thy bowl will come, It will be won/In Phoenix as it is in Lambeau/And give us this Sunday, Our weekly win/And give us many touchdown passes/But do not let others pass against us/Lead us not into frustration, But deliver us to the valley of the sun/For thine is the MVP, the best of the NFC, and the glory of the Cheeseheads, now and forever/Go get'em. Amen."