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Sorry about the mid-week illness. I now realize how Kentucky fans felt after the loss to Gardner-Webb.
Navy's first win over Notre Dame in 43 years was celebrated with gusto at the home of Turlock's John Sai, who scored a touchdown for the Midshipmen in that 1963 game.
Sai, the former head coach at Beyer, remembers an 11-year-old kid hanging around the practices at Navy -- someone named Bill Belichick.
"Bill's dad (Steve) was our chief scout and JV coach and a great football mind," Sai said.
About Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State: David vs. Goliath is just another game in rural North Carolina.
The Patriots are approaching history, yet they won't receive full respect until they answer the fundamental questions about Spygate: How long was it going on? Weeks? Months? Years?
The only words from Belichick's mouth that could stall the Patriots' march: "We need you now, Matt (Cassel)."
Don Shula chides the Patriots, then tries to spin it. Next time, Don, keep to yourself and let the events unfold.
Hard to believe: The men testifying against O.J. Simpson look more sleazy than him.
Justice in a nutshell: Prosecutors refer to him as "Defendant Simpson," defense attorneys as "O.J."
Shocking reality while watching Patriots-Colts: an actual high-quality NFL game.
The matchup we would pay to see Nov. 17 in the Graffiti Bowl: Merced-MJC, a possibility if the Blue Devils beat Laney.
Seek higher ground and protect the children: the 49ers (2-6), Raiders (2-6), Warriors (0-5) and Kings (1-4).
And on the other end: the World Series champion Red Sox, the Patriots, No. 8-ranked Boston College and, for Larry Bird sentimentalists, a Boston Celtics sighting (4-0).
Losing to Sage Rosenfels, and then insisting it will kick the ball to Devin Hester this weekend, says it all about the Raiders.
The worse the 49ers get, the sweeter the 2008 first-round draft the Patriots receive from the Niners (for Joe Staley).
Why the demotion of the Raiders' LaMont Jordan? Coach Lane Kiffin will not establish his program with LaMont Jordan carrying the ball.
Looking good and living in Houston: SOS Hall of Famer Bill Heath, the ex-Downey and ex-major-league catcher and one of the best-ever catchers at USC.
For Matt Williams: What exactly is an anti-aging clinic? Do you have an address?
Let's just say it: Until proven otherwise, everyone in the 1990s must have been using.
When Cal and USC are just trying to bump the other into a meaningless bowl, you know tonight's game has lost its juice.
The major development of the 2007 season: the year USC, expecting more greatness, lost its swagger (four Pac-10 losses in the last two years, and counting).
The Turlock quarterbacks take their shot at 12th-ranked Hawaii: Tom Brandstater (Fresno State) tonight and, next Friday night in Reno, Colin Kaepernick (Nevada).
Why they're talking about Kaep Magic at Nevada: 18 touchdowns and one turnover in 4½ games.
The Lakers to Kobe Bryant: Until we find a way to get rid of you, can you please keep carrying the franchise?
Postscript from Sai: "We've had a lot of e-mails flying from coast to coast the last few days among my teammates. It looks like many of us will be going to Annapolis after the season and host a lunch or dinner with these kids. What a great effort."
Meanwhile, no parties planned at Notre Dame (1-8).
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.