1)–Though not the biggest headline, this one is my favorite because it transcends normal sports stories—all the way to North Korea. Former Chicago Bulls Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman visited dictator Kim Jong-Un for the second time last week for possible reasons ranging from releasing jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae to recruiting North Korean basketball players. No one knows for sure, except that his visits are sponsored by an Irish casino and not approved by the U.S. If you missed Rodman on “Celebrity Mole,” he was known in the 90s for tattoos, dressing in drag, and relationships with Madonna and Carmen Electra.
2)–Floyd Mayweather, 36, defeated Canelo Alvarez, 23, Saturday night in Las Vegas to remain unbeaten at 45-0 and retain the junior middleweight title (guys who are around 5-8, 150 pounds. Which is my size. Sigh.). Billed as “The One,” the fight was sold out and gave Mayweather a $41.5 million payout, enabling more “surrounding himself with beautiful people,” masseuses, physical therapists, and stylists, who all happen to be women. Lucky guy. But at least no one can call the flame-haired Alvarez a “ginger”–“Canelo” means “cinnamon” in Spanish.
3)–In the week’s biggest college football game, #1 Alabama beat #6 Texas A&M 49-42. It was sweet, but close, vengeance for the 2012 champion Crimson Tide, who suffered their only loss last year to the Aggies. It was also a chance for Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel to save face on a national stage after months of headlines about his partying (he’s 20) and alleged sales of his autograph. He threw for a whopping 464 yards, but ‘Bama QB AJ McCarron (whose Miss Alabama girlfriend Katherine Webb made headlines herself last year when she appeared on TV at last year’s championship game) held his own with 334 yards, four TD’s and no interceptions.
4)–“Manning Bowl” didn’t work out too well for Eli and the Giants, who fell to older brother Peyton and Denver Sunday, 41-23. But Eli has two Super Bowl Rings; Peyton just one. Just a few examples of other famous sports siblings: Venus and Serena Williams (tennis); John and Jim Harbaugh (coaches, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers); Tiki and Ronde Barber (former NFL players, New York Giants, Tampa Bay); and B.J. and Justin Upton, both outfielders for the Atlanta Braves.
5)–New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is injured, again, and out for the season with complications in his surgically repaired left ankle. A year ago, he was New York’s golden boy, and leading all of baseball in plate appearances; this year, he’s been place on the injured list three times, playing only 17 games. Like ’em or not, it cannot be overstated what a blow this is for the Yankees spiritually, even though this year Jeter only batted .190. He is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits (3,316), games played (2,602), stolen bases (348), and at-bats (10,614). He is a 13-time All-Star, and has won five times both the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards. And like our buddy Dennis Rodman above, has led a lauded dating life as well, including Mariah Carey and Jessica Biel.