High school essays certainly have changed since Mr. Flip was writing them. Whatever happened to "What I did on my summer vacation"?
One of the nation's top college football prospects, Jamarkus McFarland, wrote about his recruitment for a class at his Texas high school. In his essay, McFarland described a party he attended while being wooed by Texas:
"I will never forget the excitement amongst all participants," McFarland wrote, according to a New York Times story. "Alcohol was all you can drink, money was not an option. Girls were acting wild by taking off their tops and pulling down their pants. Girls were also romancing each other. Some guys loved every minute of the freakiness some girls demonstrated. I have never attended a party of this magnitude. ...
"The attitude of the people at the party was that everyone should drink or not come to the party. Drugs were prevalent with no price attached."
Despite his foray into the world of Girls Gone Wild, McFarland ended up choosing Oklahoma over the Longhorns.
"Some people who attend the University of Oklahoma," he wrote, "seem to represent different values than some people who attend the University of Texas."
(Mr. Flip could be, uh, flip here and ask whether that means they charge for their drugs and alcohol at OU. But he won't do that.)
Mani-pedi for Mark?
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was among the wealthy men targeted by an alleged New York identity thief.
Police say Gregory Mortel, 23, got credit cards in the names of Cuban, fashion magnate Tommy Hilfiger and bank chief George Hornig and then used the cards to pamper himself with spa treatments.
Now, how could that ruse have gone on very long? After all, have you seen Cuban's nails?
Mr. Flip was a day late and a dollar - OK, more than $140,000 - short.
He saw an item online about a luxury suite at Dolphin Stadium for the Bowl Championship Series title game selling for $148,000. But when he clicked on the link, he got a message that the suite no longer was available.
And Mr. Flip was just about to head to the ATM.
Man with a plan
Some athletes don't plan for life after sports. But Italian soccer player Bruno Cirillo has given the matter some thought and apparently knows what he wants to do after he hangs up his cleats.
Cirillo wants to become a porn actor. In fact, he told an Italian television program that being a porn star is a dream he had even before he thought of becoming a pro soccer player. And Cirillo said he is qualified, offering as evidence his teammates' nickname for him, Dotato, which means "gifted" in Italian.
"If my teammates call me this way, then it must be true," Cirillo said.
Compiled from news service and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who was too lazy to insert a "Boogie Nights" reference in that last item - just come up with your own.