Notre Dame Honors Dying Boy's Wish
* This is a story about a 10-year-old boy, college football and keeping promises.
Montana Mazurkiewicz was a big football fan, and his favorite team was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He was even named after Joe Montana, a famous quarterback who played at Notre Dame.
But the boy also was very sick with brain cancer. The doctors told Montana several weeks ago that they couldn't do anything more to stop his cancer. He was going to die.
When the coach of Notre Dame's football team, Charlie Weis, heard about Montana's situation, he went to visit him last week at his home in Indiana. Coach Weis asked Montana if there was anything he could do for him. Montana said he wanted to call the first play in Saturday's game against Washington. "Pass right," Montana said. Weis told Montana the team would start off with his play.
But Notre Dame wound up with the ball on its 1-yard line. That's a terrible place to pass from. So Notre Dame's quarterback, Brady Quinn, asked Weis what to do.
"We're throwing to the right," the coach said.
Quinn threw the ball to tight end Anthony Fasano for a 13-yard completion. Notre Dame went on to win the game, 36-17.
But this story doesn't have the happy ending everyone wished for.
Montana didn't get a chance to see his play. He died Friday night.
"It was an amazing play. Montana would have been very pleased," said his mom, Cathy Mazurkiewicz.
This Shirt Is Shipshape
* Who knew that a ratty old undershirt could be worth a lot?
British Adm. Horatio Nelson's undershirt will be auctioned off next month. It's expected to sell for as much as $900,000.
The one-armed, one-eyed admiral became a national hero in England after beating back the French and the Spanish in 1805's Battle of Trafalgar. (He lost an eye in battle in 1794 and his arm after being hit by a musket ball in 1797.)