An early Happy Birthday wish to my former Marquette classmate Glenn Rivers (now universally known as Doc), who was born Oct. 13, 1961, exactly one year after I was.
And while I'm at it, early Happy Birthday wishes to ...
Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver ever to lace 'em up.
Marie Osmond (even though, unlike her, I'm a lotta bit rock 'n' roll).
Paul Simon, who still can get me feelin' groovy.
Dark comedian Lenny Bruce (RIP)
Sacha Baron Cohen, who no doubt will celebrate by making sexy time.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who hasn't won a lick since naming himself GM.
Clutch hoopster Paul Pierce (and far-less-clutch hoopster Jermaine O'Neal).
Nancy Kerrigan, one of sport's all-time victims.
Kelly Preston, Jerry Maguire's squeeze.
Kate Walsh. Is there any TV show she hasn't been mediocre in?
Sammy Hagar -- The Red Rocker.
Margaret Thatcher -- The Iron Lady. (RIP)
Ari Fleischer, who as Dubya's press secretary had the dubious assignment of making his boss sound intelligible.
"Foolish" songstress Ashanti.
Trevor Hoffman, who saved 601 games even though his fastball could be measured by a sundial.
Wow ... what a great list of October 13 birthdays!
And while I'm at it, an early Happy Birthday To Me!
For yours truly, it's double-nickels -- a term I'll always associate with Michael Jordan's 55-point performance at Madison Square Garden shortly after his first un-retirement in 1995.
Jeesh ... was that really 20 years ago? How time flies when you share a birth date with Ari Fleischer!
And in other less-important news ...
++ Of course Chase Utley's slide was dirty. The rent-a-Dodger was practically past second base when he wiped out Ruben Tejada, breaking the Mets shortstop's leg. Kudos to MLB executive Joe Torre for suspending Utley. It's worth noting that Torre, who has as much integrity as any man in baseball, used to manage the Dodgers.
++ "These things are scripted, I guess, and I wasn't in the script this time." -- Anirban Lahiri, International team golfer, after he missed a short putt to lose to Chris Kirk and cost his team a tie in the Presidents Cup. Hey man, if you want to believe God chose Kirk instead of you and the Americans instead of your team as a rationale for your choke job, go for it.
++ I keep thinking the Seahawks are going to start dominating games again, but they keep avoiding doing so. I hope they delay it at least another week, as they face my Panthers next Sunday.
++ Oh, and one more early birthday shout-out to Phil Arvia, my good buddy and fellow former Chicago sports columnist. Phil has traded in his laptop for a bass guitar, and he's just more proof that there's life after the newspaper biz. I am still waiting for him to invite me on stage to sing, though. You haven't rocked or rolled until you've heard my rendition of Del Shannon's "Runaway"!