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Cheap Shots: New York knuckler floats north

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For more sports commentary, follow Reggie Hayes via Twitter at www.twitter.com/reggiehayes1.

Also, RG3 shows Brett Favre how it's done these days

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 5:16 am

A two-year, $25 million extension has been worked out so the New York Mets can complete their trade of Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.

With Dickey gone, only one knuckleballer remains in New York: Tim Tebow.

New jersey king

Robert Griffin III's No. 10 jersey has become the single-season best-selling jersey since the NFL began keeping track six years ago. Sales of his jersey broke the record set by Brett Favre's Vikings jersey in 2009.

Reached for comment, Peyton Manning's 2004 jersey said, “Oh, so now we're keeping track.”

Boos, bears and kittens

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said the Bears are the only team in the division to get booed at home. Don't worry, the Lions are working overtime to give their fans a chance to match that enthusiasm.

The Lions lost 38-10 to Arizona, which entered the game on a nine-game losing streak. In their defense, the Lions weren't actually awake during the game so they can't be held fully responsible.

When in doubt, go ahead and punt

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he regrets allowing his team to attempt a fake punt in the fourth quarter of a 50-17 win over the Bills. The Bills regret the rest of the game.

Drawing the line

The NFL is considering expanding the playoffs in the future to 14 or 16 teams. Officials in Cleveland and Buffalo are lobbying for 32, just to be on the safe side.

Call the sensitivity police

Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen caught some criticism for tweeting a photo of a “Catholics vs. Cousins” T-shirt humorously promoting the Notre Dame vs. Alabama national title game.

In a tolerant society, there's clearly no room for such blatant relativism.

Clemens won't run for the border

Seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens will not pitch in the Mexican League, his agent told ESPN.com. Good move. Joining the league might taint his spotless image before the Baseball Hall of Fame voting.

Quick goals needed

The new women's professional soccer league will be called the National Women's Soccer League or NWSL. It begins play in 2013 and is scheduled to be renamed the Defunct National Women's Soccer League in 2017.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com