College hoops: Fly’s fellow bourbon lovers know Maker’s Mark by its red wax–covered square bottle. But the label’s going blue for a limited-edition release honoring Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari. Proceeds will support the UK Symphony Orchestra. That’s nice, but mixing college basketball coaches and liquor might not be a good idea.
• When Tom Izzo writes his book (if he writes his memoirs), he says a Spartans sleepover will be prominently mentioned as one of the most unique ways one of his teams ever went about turning a season around.
• Illustrating the fact that Terps fans are feelin’ pretty good about their chances against the Blue Devils this time around, a Criagslist ad from Maryland first-year law student Burke Miller reads: "I am a Terp fanatic, but as a law student I am in the unfortunate position of not being able to afford tickets to Wednesday night’s game against Duke. In exchange for tickets, I am willing to sign a contract that will guarantee a TBD number of billable hours of attorney services fully redeemable upon my passing of the Maryland bar. Please contact me as soon as possible."
MLB: At a charity function, Roger Clemens took a light-hearted shot at buddy Brett Favre. "I know some of the writers were here asking me about retiring again. I told ’em, I’ve retired three times, surely I don’t have to do it again," Clemens said. "But I was teasing Brett Favre, that heck if he came back, what the heck? I might as well start running again or something." Of course, Clemens is 47 and Favre is 40, but given the beatings Favre has taken vs. baseball’s, we’re pretty sure Clemens would actually be younger in player years.
NHL: Speakin’ of comebacks … Patrick Elias thinks Jaromir Jagr may be back in the NHL next season. "I think he’d love to," said Elias, who captained the Czech Republic’s Olympic squad. "He certainly showed and proved that he still has it. He can be an effective player, no doubt about it."
Auto racing: Watch out, Danica. The newest female driver to land an IndyCar Series ride is 21-year-old Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro, who will likely give Ms. Patrick a run for her money in popularity as well as on the track. De Silvestro actually smiles and just got done kicking butt in the Atlantic Championship. Patrick and de Silvestro, who is driving for HVM Racing, are the only women driving full-time in the IndyCar Series this year; Sarah Fisher is planning to drive about half the season.