Winter of discontent

With the NBA season finally here, things seem to have calmed down regarding Andrei Kirilenko's trade demands.

But that doesn't mean the story is going away anytime soon.

Wrote Ben Heller on "While they weren't completely humiliated by the Spurs in last year's playoffs, the Jazz didn't exactly pose a threat to the eventual champs. If they want that to change, they need the multitalented Kirilenko to stop whining about his role and start playing like the do-it-all force he was a few years ago. I mean, the guy's married to a Russian pop star who allows him to (patronize) the NBA groupie of his choice once a year. What's he got to complain about?"

It couldn't be a lack of touches.

Meat of the schedule

Ute football coach Kyle Whittingham was only being nice, but in the build-up to Saturday's game against Colorado State, he called the Rams "the best 1-6 program in the country."

Isn't that a bit like calling Spam the best canned meat on the shelf?

A trade deficit

Now that the NFL has made an all-out attempt to woo English fans by sending the Dolphins and Giants to London for a game, let the analyses begin.

Said Simon Aaronson, a 26-year-old London physics teacher: "Everything in America eventually catches on in England. American culture infiltrates British society."

Yeah, it's really something, isn't it.

They send us John Lennon and "The Office" and we send back Madonna ... and the Dolphins.

Window of opportunity

Taco Bell announced on its Web site last week that if a base was stolen during the World Series, all American fans would win a free taco.

Sure enough, bases were stolen. Woo-hoo! Tacos for everyone!

Except there are some restrictions. Winners are to pick up their prize today only at a participating Taco Bell between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Wow. A three-hour window to collect a taco seems pretty short.

On the other hand, isn't that about how long it took to play the Series?