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Mark Sanchez makes a doggone nice gesture

New York Jets rookie quarterback finds a way to make up for incident on the field.

October 29, 2009|Mark Medina

Mark Sanchez's Hot Dog-Gate has turned into a charitable effort.

Television cameras caught Sanchez eating a hot dog while on the sideline Sunday during the New York Jets' 38-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders. He apologized, explained he felt sick and needed something to eat, and vowed it wouldn't happen again.

Sanchez then turned the attention into a good cause.

He bought 500 hot dogs and hamburgers, along with buns and rolls, and donated them to the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown, N.J., the Jets announced on their Twitter page.

"That's pocket change for a guy who signed a contract earlier this year that guaranteed him $28 million," wrote Chris Chase of Yahoo! Sports. "But it's still a kind, meaningful and amusing gesture from a 22-year-old who could instead be living up to the stereotype of a spoiled, rich-kid quarterback."

Trivia question

Which team did the Philadelphia Phillies play in the 1915 World Series, their first championship appearance?

Sign of the times

First, the Washington Redskins strip away Jim Zorn's play-calling duties, but still keep him as head coach. Now this:

During the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, the organization outlawed fan signs -- many of them critical of owner Dan Snyder -- citing safety reasons.

The Redskins then changed their policy and are approving fan signs, so long as they are the team-sanctioned ones sponsored by Geico.

The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg appears fed up with the double standard.

"So remember, poster board is a no-go, due to safety issues," Steinberg wrote. "Pointy-sticked Geico ads are fine. Don't hold up a piece of cardboard that might block your neighbor's view. But feel free to block his view with a Redskins towel."

Political gridlock

The issue is not as contentious as healthcare reform, but Congress couldn't even reach full agreement on a recent resolution to honor the Syracuse men's lacrosse team's 2009 national championship.

The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Maffei (D-New York), passed 359-1, with Marion Berry (D-Arkansas) the lone dissenter.

"Berry later told Maffei not to take it personally," the Syracuse Post-Standard reported. "He makes it a practice not to vote for any resolution honoring sports teams."

Trivia answer

The Boston Red Sox, who won four games to one.

And finally

Ann Killion of Sports Illustrated on Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, wearing Air Jordans instead of Central Florida's Adidas shoes: "This is keeping with a fine family tradition of putting corporate loyalty before all else."

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