You can still get an authentic Michael Vick jersey from NFLShop.com. But if you want Ron Mexico on your back, you’re going to have to settle for a knockoff.
That’s the name Atlanta’s star quarterback apparently used as an alias when dating a woman he allegedly infected with herpes. The woman filed a civil lawsuit last month and since Vick’s pseudonym surfaced on Internet sites, orders for Falcons No. 7 jerseys with "Mexico’’ on the nameplate have spread like . . . well, they’ve become quite popular.
But the NFL’s online store is now immune to the situation. Spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press the NFL Shop — which has more than 1,300 words that can’t be printed on a jersey — has added Mexico to that list.
By the way, you can’t get "Herpes’’ on a Falcons jersey either.
PASS THE CUPCAKES
To all the Auburn fans who howled about being robbed of a national championship last year, a quick question. Why did the Tigers fill an opening on this year’s schedule — created when Southern Mississippi backed out — with Division 1-AA Western Kentucky instead of accepting an offer from Fresno State?
Didn’t whiny Tommy Tubberville learn anything from 2004's non-conference debacle, when scheduling Louisiana-Monroe, The Citadel and Louisiana Tech probably cost him a spot in the BCS title game?
Fresno State eventually found a game against USC — which understands how the game is played.
• With most baseball teams fretting over their bullpens, Florida’s Dontrelle Willis tossed a three-hit shutout Wednesday to give the Marlins’ starters four complete games in the first nine games of the season. The rest of baseball — combined — has two complete games.
That leaves the Fish relief corps time to pursue more traditional bullpen pursuits, like setting hot-foots and conning fans into buying them concession stand food.
• The D-Backs are now 0-3 when Javier Vazquez starts and 6-1 when he doesn’t. Remember when Arizona’s ace used to stop losing streaks around here?
• ASU plays at LSU in the second game of the 2005 football season. But if renovations to legendary Tiger Stadium on campus in Baton Rogue aren’t completed in time, the Devils might wind up at the aging Superdome in New Orleans.
Privately, the Sun Devils would prefer to play LSU off campus and on field turf, where their team speed might level things a bit. But LSU will lose 20,000 seats in revenue if construction lags, so ASU isn’t holding its breath.