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Book on Owen

Former BYU placekicker Owen Pochman was cut last week by the Baltimore Ravens.

Which didn't do much for his football career.

It may not have helped his love life, either.

A couple of years ago, Pochman made news when former Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick told Steppingoutmagazine.com that she was dating "a sweet, nice Mormon boy." In the interview, she revealed it was then-Giants kicker Pochman.

She also dated Hugh Hefner and Ryan Seacrist, so go figure.

Anyway, at that time Roderick told the online publication, "Hopefully he (Pochman) won't get cut because I'm not taking care of somebody" but added that if he does get the ax, he has a career outside football.

"He writes and he's trying to get published," she said.

Let me see if I read this correctly: He wants to be a writer and he dated a centerfold.

Why not write a tell-all book about the Mormon guy and the centerfold?

Sounds like a career-maker to me.

Juice intolerant

Roderick added, "I don't care what he does, but he better do as well as me because I'm not taking care of anybody. I've been there and I'm not doing it again! I will not date someone who does not have a good job."

There goes O.J.'s chance of dating another Playmate.

Be-UTE-iful dilemma

Looks like the Utes will remain Utes after all.

The NCAA has taken the University of Utah off its list of "hostile and abusive" schools that use Native American references for their nickname.

Clearly, the NCAA's decision was an ill-conceived idea that was never thought out.

Which brings up a question: How come the NCAA can demand nickname changes at 18 colleges and universities, without much forethought, but still can't take the time to figure out a college football playoff system?

What women want

Trail-blazing racecar driver Danica Patrick was in Chicago last week, where she said she doubts it will ever become a sport for large numbers of women.

"It is a guy sport. It's rough. It's tough. It's fast. It smells likes gasoline. You get dirty. Cars burn out," she told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's not necessarily in half the women in the world's genes that they're going to want to do something like that. I don't think it will ever get 50-50. I also don't think it's ever going to get 50-50 that makeup artists are half male."

She continued, "(Doing makeup) is kind of in our (women's) DNA and what we like to do."

Yeah, especially while driving.

Icy reception

And finally this: The Nashville Predators signed right-winger Robert Snowball last week.

He spent last season with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL.

As for sticking with the Predators, let's just say he has only a Snowball's chance.


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