Reader alert: have your smelling salts handy. "I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying, 'You're overpaid.' Because I am," Mark...

Reader alert: have your smelling salts handy.

“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying, ‘You’re overpaid.’ Because I am,” Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ $22.5 million-a-year first baseman, told The Wall Street Journal. “We all are.

“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it. You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. … But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”

So what’s next — sunrises from the west?

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Curfew optional

President Barack Obama and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — who have daughters only — are diametrically split as to whether they’d allow their son to play football.

But no comment on whether they’d let their mythical sons date Lennay Kekua.


• At “Super Bowl-champion Ravens wait nervously to see if they’ll be atop season’s final NFL power rankings.”

• At “Goodell: ‘I’d definitely let my son ruin football.’ “

Fact of the day

The past four Super Bowl winners — the Ravens, Giants, Packers and Saints — were the visiting team for the Eagles’ home opener those seasons, but the trend might face the ultimate test.

Among Philly’s still-unannounced home slate for 2013: the Chiefs (2-14), Lions (4-12) and Cardinals (5-11).

Don’t touch that dial

“Super Bowl XLVII is over,” noted Janice Hough of “The Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show starts tomorrow.”

Do touch that dial has proclaimed the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show as the “least-anticipated TV show of February 2013,” beating out “Betty White’s Second Annual 90th Birthday Special” and two other finalists.

Somehow missing the cut: “Astros Pitchers and Catchers Report, Scratch and Spit.”

Quote marks

• NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on the Super Bowl adding $430 million to the New Orleans economy: “Apparently none of which was used to pay the electric bill.”

• CBS’s David Letterman, on the latest Super Bowl honor for Ravens coach John Harbaugh: “He was named the game’s most valuable Harbaugh.”

• TNT’s Conan O’Brien, on the U.S. economy boasting 157,000 new jobs: “Of course, most of those were for backup dancers for Beyoncé.”

• Ravens center Matt Birk, to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, on why he’ll someday donate his gray matter to science: “Terrible pun, but it’s a no-brainer.”

Swing and a myth

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez just got hit with PED allegations again.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, sources say it’s centaur-hoof spray.

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