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Los Angeles Times - - Morning Briefing - JERRY CROWE jerome.crowe@latimes.com

Boise State’s fa­mous blue turf, set for a turn in the spot­light Satur­day night when the thir­dranked Bron­cos play host to Ore­gon State, is no longer the most ab­surd in col­lege foot­ball. …

East­ern Washington last week­end played the first game on its newred play­ing sur­face. …

In more sur­pris­ing news, the NCAA has no rule against it. …

What’s next, cam­ou­flage at Army? …

Joe Torre, hedg­ing his bets and leav­ing his op­tions open, sounds a lit­tle like

Brett Favre — or Michael Cor­leone. …

“Just when I thought I was out … they pull me back in.” …

Manny Ramirez’s 2010 teams, the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, were math­e­mat­i­cally elim­i­nated on the same day. …

Ramirez, mark­ing the oc­ca­sion aptly, was 0 for 3. …

If you un­loaded your busi­ness, would you feel en­ti­tled to tell fu­ture own­ers when they should sell it? …

Peter O’Mal­ley did. … The Lak­ers tried to hire

Mike Krzyzewski a few years ago, but they’ve never had a player from Duke. …

Ev­ery other NBA team has. …

Mark Cuban, nom­i­nat­ing his Dal­las Mav­er­icks as a threat to un­seat the de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons: “We’ve got a lot more depth than the Lak­ers. It’s not even close there.” …

La­mar Odom & Co. surely would dis­pute that. …

Now Reg­gie Bush and his alma mater are hob­bled. …

When an un­smil­ing Lane

Kif­fin ap­peared on screen near the end of USC’s vic­tory over Min­nesota, ESPN’s Dave La­mont said, “He could look a lit­tle hap­pier, couldn’t he?” …

Like Kif­fin, AP vot­ers also have looked askance at the un­beaten but so far unin­spir­ing Tro­jans. …

Head­line in the Philadel­phia Daily News over a story about Michael Vick’s sur­pris­ing as­cen­sion to the top of the Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ depth chart: “Top Dog.” …

The most pop­u­lar A-Rod in Wis­con­sin is not a slug­ging third base­man who dresses in pin­stripes and dates ac­tresses. …

He is Aaron Rodgers. … Alex Ro­driguez and the de­fend­ing cham­pion New York Yan­kees, mean­while, are fa­vored to meet Cole

Hamels and the Philadel­phia Phillies in a re­match of last year’s World Se­ries, ac­cord­ing to odds posted at Bodog.com. …

This time, of course, the Phillies wouldn’t have Cliff Lee, but they would have

Roy Hal­la­day and Roy

Oswalt. … With the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincin­nati Reds locks for the play­offs and the San Diego Padres hang­ing on, late Oc­to­ber still might of­fer a rar­ity: a World Se­ries match­ing teams with pay­rolls in the lower half of the ma­jors. … The last was in 1991, when

Jack Mor­ris and the Min­nesota Twins topped the At­lanta Braves. …

Not­ing that Ten­nessee foot­ball Coach Derek Dooley in­structed his play­ers on how to “shower prop­erly,”

Brad Dick­son of the Omaha World-Her­ald writes, “Next time I visit Europe, I’m go­ing to send Dooley in ahead of me to do ad­vance work.” …

The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers might be a bet­ter team with­out Ben Roeth­lis­berger than they would be with­out Troy Po­la­malu, far and away their most valu­able de­fen­sive player. … Adding Carmelo An­thony would cre­ate a pleas­ant prob­lem for the Clip­pers: a rush on sea­son tick­ets. …

Pa­trick Kane and the de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Chicago Black­hawks opened train­ing camp Satur­day in front of a near-ca­pac­ity crowd at the United Cen­ter. …

Char­lotte Mo­tor Speedway plans to in­stall a video board that is 200 feet wide and 80 feet tall, larger than the iconic north fa­cade of the White House. …

By com­par­i­son, the biggest screen on the new video board at Sta­ples Cen­ter, un­veiled Wed­nes­day, is 22 by 14. …

The largest at Cow­boys Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas: 160 by 72. …

Even af­ter Duke added 4,000 tem­po­rary seats to Wal­lace Wade Sta­dium for Satur­day’s game against

Mark In­gra­mand topranked Alabama, the ca­pac­ity was less than 40,000. …

Alabama drew more than 91,000 to its spring game. …

Em­cee Jay Bi­las of ESPN, open­ing a roast for

Bob Knight: “Coach Knight has re­quested that none of the roast­ers bring up his past be­hav­ioral is­sues or his con­sid­er­able use of pro­fan­ity, so thank you ev­ery­body for com­ing and good night.”

Jeff Green

IN LIV­ING COLOR: East­ern Washington’s new red turf is giv­ing Boise State’s blue field a run for the money in the out­ra­geously loud depart­ment.

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