The New York Jets and Giants both say they do not want a roof on their new stadium after the state of New Jersey released a report saying the roof would cost about $421-million. The state, obviously, is interested in having a roof in order to attract future Super Bowls. The Jets and Giants, however, have been against it - partly because of the cost and partly because they like the homefield advantage that cold weather gives them.
Couple of the day
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent last offseason popping wheelies on his motorcycle and seeing if he could crack the pavement with his head. This offseason, he's taking a smarter and less dangerous approach. He has spent this offseason dating actor Missy Peregrym, who stars on the NBC show Heroes.
Letter of the day
I find appalling the expressed sour mood of Devil Rays fans toward Joe Maddon and the person stealing money as pitching coach, Jim Hickey. Didn't the fans see the way our lads scratched and clawed their way to score a run in the top of the ninth? Never in American League history had a team trailing 21-3 closed the gap in the ninth to 21-4. Maddon motivated the troops. We simply ran out of time.
Jim Crook, St. Pete Beach
David Letterman's list of "The Top Ten Signs An NBA Referee Is Fixing Games:''
10. "He leads the league in blocked shots."
9. "When talking about the Spurs, he says 'we.'"
8. "After six seconds, calls a 24-second violation."
7. "He's drawing up plays."
6. "Before tip-off, scoreboard reads 58 to nothing."
5. "Teams have scored a record number of two-pointers, three-pointers and eight-pointers."
4. "Tossed one of the other officials out of the game."
3. "Has Eddie Brill's telephone number on speed dial."
2. "Miami Heat hasn't lost a game since Shaq promised to help the referee's fat son."
1. "The Knicks are winning."
He said, she said
As the blog Deadspin points out, Matt Leinart's life is turning into a "slightly more boring episode of Maury.'' Lately, the Cardinals and former USC quarterback, above, is having issues with the mother of his 8-month-old son. Brynn Cameron, a former USC basketball player who is no longer with Leinart, is ticked, saying that Leinart claims he spends more time with his son than he really does.
She told the Star, "It's kind of hard for me as the mom - I'm with Cole probably 99.9 percent of the time - to open a magazine or read a newspaper article with Matt saying I love being a dad. I love changing diapers. I love doing this. I'm like, 'Wait, what?' I don't know how he is about this, but it's been hard when I'm doing all the work, but he gets all the credit for it."
Leinart released a statement to People magazine saying he loves his son more than "anything in the world.'' He added, "I don't know if Cole's mother is motivated by anger or by financial gain, but it is my sincere hope that one day we will be able to effectively co-parent our son who we both love very much."