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MORNING BRIEFING

They go all out in political arena too

October 12, 2008|Pete Thomas | Times Staff Writer

They might not read newspapers, but that doesn't mean young people lack opinions about what's going on.

ESPN the Magazine asked top action sports stars what they'd do if they were the U.S. president.

Said Nate Holland, four-time X Games gold medalist and star of the U.S. snowboard team:

"I'd apologize to the world for having such a derelict president the last eight years. Then I'd shift the budget from fighting an oil-driven war to developing green energy alternatives."

yquist initiative

From Ryan Nyquist, 13-time X Games BMX dirt and park medalist: "I'd drop bikes and skateboards in Iraq and see how it worked out."

Drop bikes and skateboards? That could hurt.

Trivia time

What team is credited with the biggest comeback victory in NFL history?

Among the (Eli)te

Best quarterback in the NFL?

With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning dealing with injuries and a slew of other top quarterbacks playing for losing teams, it may come down to Eli Manning of the 4-0 New York Giants and Tony Romo of the 4-1 Dallas Cowboys.

Wrote Tom Rock of Newsday: "Unless you routinely wear a 10-gallon hat to work it's a no-brainer."

Not yet a fan

Reacting to news that Miami may have a team in the "Lingerie Football League," scheduled to launch next September, Greg Cote of the Miami Herald wrote:

"One of the 10 supposed teams will be the Miami Caliente. I have few additional details. Meantime, I just pray to God it doesn't turn out to be a men's league."

e's got moves

The University of Hawaii football team is celebrating the return of Guyton Galdeira. Though only 5 feet 8, Galdeira is regarded as one of the school's toughest special-teams players in recent years.

Where has he been? The non-scholarship player had taken a job as a hula dancer.

rivia answer

The Buffalo Bills' 32-point comeback in a 41-38 playoff triumph against the Houston Oilers on Jan. 3, 1993.

And finally

Tight end Chad Mustard, who has been released nine times by three NFL teams, to the Denver Post after signing for the fifth time with the Broncos: "I don't know what the situation is or for how long. But that's my life."

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pete.thomas@latimes.com

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