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Haven’t seen Nic Cage’s latest “National Treasure” movie yet, but I hear Frank Herzog’s cameo is Academy-Award caliber.


Mr. “Touchdown, Washington Redskins!” has one line in the film, a source says — and no, it isn’t “Assassination, John Wilkes Booth!” (I won’t spoil it for you, though, by giving it away here.)


Perusing a list of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks the other day, I was reminded that the first three Ultimate Games were won by QBs from the University of Alabama — the Packers’ Bart Starr (Nos. 1 and 2) and the Jets’ Joe Namath (No. 3). Trivia question: What was the only other time two quarterbacks from the same school won back-to-back Super Bowls? (Answer below.)


Perhaps the most amazing stat produced by Tom Brady and Co. this season is this: Not only are they going to break the record for most points scored (they’re only 33 shy of the 556 put up by the ‘98 Vikings), they also have a shot at being the most mistake-free offense in history. The Patriots have committed just 11 turnovers (four fumbles, seven interceptions), one less than the mark held by the ‘82 Chiefs (who only played nine games because of the strike).

If nothing else, the Pats should set a record for fewest turnovers in a full season. That mark is shared by three teams — the ‘43 Giants (10 games), ‘60 Browns (12) and ‘90 Giants (16), all with 14.


Interesting parallel: When the Redskins set a record in 1983 by scoring 541 points, they also had the fewest turnovers in the league, 18. In fact, their per-game turnover average (1.13) was, at the time, the best in NFL history.


I must admit, I wasn’t familiar with the term “Gordie Howe hat trick” until I saw it applied the other day to the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, who scored a goal, got an assist (two, actually) and engaged in a fight in a 5-4 win over the Bruins. Soon enough, though, I was dreaming up other possible “hat tricks” in different sports. For instance:

• Shaquille O’Neal Hat Trick — a dunk, a blocked shot and an airball from the free throw line.

• Terrell Owens Hat Trick — a touchdown catch, an excessive celebration penalty and a post-game sound bite that gets shown on “SportsCenter.”

• Manny Ramirez Hat Trick — a misjudged fly ball, a single off the Monster and a demand to be traded.

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