Stupid? He thinks it was a streak of genius.

Stupid? He thinks it was a streak of genius.

Jace Lankow, the 22-year-old who stripped down to his skivvies, ran wild and inadvertently sparked a bench-clearing riot during last week’s UCLA-Arizona football game after coming onto the field dressed as a referee, told police he did it because he wants to be a contestant on the TV show “Wipeout.”

And he just needed a good answer to “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?” on the application form, so …

“Assuming he’s a free man when producers begin casting,” wrote Matt Hinton of, “they just may have a winner.”

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Feckless in Seattle

Local economists say it will take a whopping $3.2 billion to properly rebuild the tattered:

a) Alaskan Way Viaduct

b) Seahawks offense

c) Husky defense

Losing their shirts

In another sign of these bad economic times, the Lingerie Football League’s Miami Caliente has ceased operations.

At least every player was given a pink slip.

Revisionist history

“Raiders owner Al Davis died, and immediately he was a legendary football pioneer and visionary,” wrote Greg Cote of The Miami Herald. “While still alive, he’d been a confrontational, abrasive meddler whose teams had a record of 39-93 since 2003.

“Death: The Ultimate Extreme Makeover.”

Bring your earmuffs

Weather Channel meteorologists say — in terms of such things as cold, snow and wind — Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Green Bay are the four worst places to watch an NFL game.

Penguins and polar bears excluded.

Hold your applause

The Redskins, in case you’ve lost count, have gone through 20 starting quarterbacks in 20 years since Mark Rypien led the 1991 team to the Super Bowl, with John Beck becoming No. 20 on Sunday.

“Before you get too excited,” wrote Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, “don’t forget he lost a QB competition to Rex Grossman.”

Talking the talk

• Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, after Fox’s Tim McCarver said strike is “a five-letter” word and then proceeded to spell out all six letters: “It’s a sad thing when a color man doesn’t know the count.”

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on the Bears’ Devin Hester getting slapped on the back of the head while standing in a casino line: “It turned out to be Jim Harbaugh offering a handshake.”

• Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on the moribund Rebels football team: “This just in: Idle 21, UNLV 7.”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on last week’s U of A interloper: “People realized the streaker wasn’t an actual college football official when his microphone worked.”

Foreign exchange

Browns 6, Seahawks 3?

They played an NFL game in London — and Wimbledon broke out in Cleveland.

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