While you're hating and resenting New England's ruthless advance to the Super Bowl, you'll be overjoyed to learn that the Patriots have the San Francisco 49ers' first-round draft pick in April.

Right now, that projects to the second pick overall, which may mean that Arkansas superback Darren McFadden will be joining Tom Brady and Randy Moss.

The rich, as they say . . .

Head hog.

Don't tell Atlanta's Lawyer Milloy that former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino just decided to head for Arkansas on the spur of the moment last week.

"The slap in the face was when he showed up at 11 o'clock, or whatever time it was in Arkansas, doing the 'pig sooie' hog call," Milloy said. "It seemed like he was right in rhythm with the beat. He had been practicing."

Trivia time.

In this decade, five coaches jumped from colleges to become head coaches in the NFL. None is still there, and only one ever made the playoffs. Can you name him?

Inflation.

Just 10 years ago, only two coaches in all of college football made a million dollars a year: Florida's Steve Spurrier and Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

Now, according to a USA Today report, a dozen coaches from Bowl Championship Series schools are guaranteed to collect better than $2 million for the 2007 season.

Four of them - Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Urban Meyer, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops - will get more than $3 million.

Meyer's team went 9-3, and quarterback Tom Tebow won the Heisman Trophy. Stoops' team went 10-2.

Saban and Ferentz each struggled to 6-6 records.

Stranger than fiction.

Apparently, retirement is not suiting former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.

The German great flew in last week from his home in Switzerland to buy a puppy from his favorite pet dealer near the German town of Coburg.

On the way back to the airport, Schumacher asked the cabbie to slide over so the seven-time world champion could drive.

"It was sheer lunacy," cabbie Tuncer Yilmaz told a Munich newspaper. "He took the curves with full speed, but you couldn't even notice it. He just knows how to do it."

Schumacher's spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, confirmed the story to the Associated Press last week.

Yilmaz said he would never forget the ride.

No, not because of the speed - Schumacher gave him the equivalent of a $150 tip for a $90 fare.

Finally.

All who care about baseball's steroids scandal, raise your hand.

OK. The six of you can put your hands down.

Now, will all of those who care deeply enough to cancel your season tickets (including partial and Sunday game plans), please raise your hand?

Thought so.

I raised this issue (the public's vast noninterest in baseball's steroids problem) a few weeks ago.

I got one response. I'm still waiting to hear from anyone who will put his money where his mouth is.

Trivia answer.

Butch Davis, Dennis Erickson, Spurrier, Saban and Petrino all jumped from colleges to the NFL. Davis, who made the playoffs with the Cleveland Browns in 2002, lasted four seasons in the league. Erickson, Spurrier and Saban lasted only two. Petrino stayed only 13 games.

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