Can someone please explain how the NFL's Sunday Ticket agreement with DirecTV makes financial sense? One would have to think the league could make an even bigger pile of money by offering every game on cable. Instead, one has to get DirecTV to be able to see every game (a big problem for city-dwellers). And this is a good thing for the league? . . .

The Saints have sold around 30,000 tickets for their opener in Baton Rouge, La., against the Dolphins on Oct. 30. They will play at LSU's Tiger Stadium, the capacity of which for NFL games is around 79,000. . . .

Steelers WR Hines Ward was named mayor for a day in Washington, Pa., on Thursday. Previous honorees include former presidents Clinton and Kennedy. . . .

Back in the day, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., used to let viewers decide, via phone-in poll, which games were to be shown on Sunday. Why can't the stations here do that when the Redskins aren't involved? Enough with the stinky Ravens. . . .

Lions QB Joey Harrington is 3-0 as a starter on opening day. He is 13-32 the rest of the time. . . .

After seeing Mike Tice, below, in his nerd glasses, the first thing that comes to mind is when Costanza got a toupee on "Seinfeld." . . .

It's about time we got some football weather around here . . .

How have they not killed the tuck rule yet?