The Pope and the King

Posted: March 22, 2007

POPE BENEDICT XVI held a general audience yesterday and sitting front and center with his hair neatly combed (relatively speaking) was boxing promoter Don King.

Only at the Vatican.

King didn't actually get to bend (or gnaw on) the pontiff's ear - very few secular folks do - but he was able to hand the Pope a green-and-gold boxing belt and a hand-written letter asking for prayers for everyone from George W. Bush to the world's aged and infirm.

"I was thrilled to be there. It was a deep spiritual experience," the boxing promoter told the Associated Press.

King, 75, was in Italy visiting Luca Messi, a fighter in his stable. Messi's brother is a Catholic priest who helped facilitate everything.

Not standing Pat

Jeremy Staat, a college roommate of Pat Tillman at Arizona State and a former NFL player himself, has been deployed to Iraq.

Jeremy Staat, a college roommate of Pat Tillman at Arizona State and a former NFL player himself, has been deployed to Iraq.

Staat, a Marine Lance Cpl., was a defensive lineman for the Steelers from 1998-2000 and with the Rams in 2003. He also spent time in the Arena League.

He joined the Marines following Tillman's death in Afghanistan in 2004.

"The way I look at it, we're spreading freedom, and you have to support the troops and you have to support the war," Staat told Honolulu's KITV.

The 6-5 Staat dropped 50 pounds and enlisted at 260. He graduated from the San Diego Marine Corps recruit depot last March.

Paint It Black (and blue)

John Elway and Jon Bon Jovi were discussing which is more hazardous to your health, being an NFL quarterback or being a rock star.Bon Jovi decided it had to be rock star. His reasoning: "You've seen Keith Richards, right?" *

John Elway and Jon Bon Jovi were discussing which is more hazardous to your health, being an NFL quarterback or being a rock star.Bon Jovi decided it had to be rock star. His reasoning: "You've seen Keith Richards, right?" *

- Ed Barkowitz

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