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Originally published February 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM | Page modified February 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM

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Forget retirement: He's clearly got work to do

Clubhouse leader for biggest upset of 2011? It's Brett Favre not even cracking the list of the 10 most disliked people in sports.

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Clubhouse leader for biggest upset of 2011?

It's Brett Favre not even cracking the list of the 10 most disliked people in sports. The top (or is it bottom?) 10, according to a survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research:

10) Randy Moss

9) Bob Knight

8) Mark McGwire

7) Albert Haynesworth

6) Terrell Owens

5) Manny Ramirez

4) Tiger Woods

3) Jerry Jones

2) Michael Vick

1) Al Davis

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Cash Crops Dept.

Wondering how Farmers Insurance could ever recoup the $700 million it's agreed to pay to put its name on a proposed NFL stadium in Los Angeles?

Easy. Just take out a $700 million earthquake policy on the stadium — from All-State.

Bring your umbrella

For you first-time Marlins players and fans forced to come to Seattle for this summer's interleague series because a U2 concert had first dibs on Sun Life Stadium, here's the local weather forceast, courtesy of Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com:

"If you cannot see Mount Rainier, it is raining. If you can see Mount Rainier, it will be raining in about an hour."

Putting on hairs

Even Steelers teammates stand in awe of defensive end Brett Keisel's bounteous beard.

"It's its own entity," QB Ben Roethlisberger told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "He hides everything in there. We go hunting, and he hides his decoys in there."

On the police podium

Police in Oceanside, Calif., made three arrests and recovered Tristan Gale Geisler's Olympic medal and other items taken during a burglary of the skeleton champ's home.

Cops say it's a classic case of going for the gold gone bad.

Trojan horses galore

"Despite NCAA scholarship sanctions, USC brought in 30 new players," noted Vancouver (B.C.) comic Torben Rolfsen. "Good to see Enron's accountants have found work again."

Unleash the recruits

The University of Georgia is looking for another white English bulldog mascot after UGA VIII died of lymphoma.

School officials say they'll pick a replacement shortly after Litter-of-Intent Day.

Talko time

• NBC's Jay Leno, on Chinese President Hu encountering Cubs fans during his visit to Chicago: "Apparently, he wanted to see Americans who have suffered more human-rights violations than his own people."

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on a Dallas Zoo elephant predicting a Green Bay victory in the Super Bowl: "Of course she likes the Packers — she's a packerderm."

• R.J. Currie of SportsDeke.com, on MMA fighter Alex Reid on the outs with his bride after just 11 months: "The guy has spent more time in a headlock than he did in wedlock."

• Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central, on Sunday's Super Bowl being the first to feature no cheerleaders: "What will we watch between concussions?"

Puttin' on the dog

Isaiah Crowell, a blue-chip running back, hoisted a bulldog puppy to announce he was signing with the University of Georgia.

Guess it's a good thing he didn't pick Colorado.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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