Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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ODD COMBO

This from the "Are you kidding me?" department

Fans can log onto NFLShop.com and get a Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles dog jersey with Vick's name on the back.

A New York Daily News reporter successfully purchased the "custom pet jersey," making it clear that Vick isn't on the league's list of words and names shoppers can't use for customized jerseys.

"Like any other player, [customers] can obtain that name and that jersey if they wish," league spokesman Greg Aiello told the Daily News. "As far as putting it on the dog product, he's working with humane societies, working to educate others on this issue, so we don't see a problem."

OK then.

FANTASY COVERAGE

Are you one of those who had Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as one of your top fantasy picks last year, only to be left with that feeling of "what now" when he suffered a knee injury?

Now there is help.

According to CNBC, Brady's injury last season shifted $150 million in fantasy league winnings. So Fantasy Sports Insurance Inc. is putting an end to that, offering a policy that "returns your financial investment in your fantasy league, should your key player(s) suffer a 'season changing' injury," according to its Web site, www.fantasysports insurance.com Henry Olszewski, one of two brokers who crafted the idea, told CNBC that the brokerage has sold nearly 400 policies, underwritten by Lloyd's of London.

"The nightmare scenario is the guy who loses his player and either starts trading away his team or sits idle," Olszewski told CNBC. "That affects the entire league. If that guy has insurance, he's playing with the house money and that guy has more motivation to see what he can do to be competitive."

TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Chad Ochocinco (left), never shy to say what he thinks, has run his mouth again. But this time, it might be to the wrong person. The Cincinnati Bengals receiver uses boxing as part of his offseason training and apparently likes his results.

"So when I get in the ring and knock out [Andre] Berto, and people are like, 'I didn't know Chad could fight,' I just told you," he told the Sporting News. …

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