So we love Penelope Cruz. So what? … 27 states are in recession, with 14 more on the cusp … the more Starbucks a country has, the bigger its financial problems … Yahoo is cutting 1,500 jobs, no word if sports will be affected … interesting lawsuit here … another athlete/celebrity tandem bites the dust …

Many moons ago, Kansas coach Mark Mangino and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach nearly got in a fight. (KC Star)

More trouble in Dallas: Ken Hamlin’s tires ($15,000) stolen off his Escalade. (Dallas Morning News)

Sounds like the Tom Brady surgery was quite a disaster; he’s had reportedly had two procedures to clean it up. (Boston Herald)

Josh “Smith headed for the locker room steaming at being called out and shattered his mouthpiece case against a wall.” (AJC)

This seems like excessive gushing of Rashard Lewis, no? (Orlando Sentinel)

Bill Laimbeer, still quite a character. (Need 4 Sheed)

Palin to get her puck-drop on again in St. Louis. (Post-Dispatch)

New England fans have been completely spoiled, according to Mike Tirico. Damn right. And it’s OVAH. (Inside Track)

No jail for Holyfield over child support payments. (AJC)

Mark Prior spotted in a pumpkin patch. Funny. (Planet Padres)

Mike Holmgren is not headed to the 49ers. (Mercury News)

Cardinals LB is not married to a Playboy Playmate. (Fanhouse)

In regard to Ted Miller’s strength-of-schedule rankings, a reader claims these are more accurate. (CBS Sports)