I was driven to it

From Minot, N.D., comes word that Jim Jundt was five minutes late to work one day last week. OK, he lives 15 miles away. But then the state is not densely populated , so traffic couldn't have been heavy. Maybe he overslept? No, it's because, as a mechanic at an auto service center, he's in an ideal position to watch the daily fluctuations in the price of gasoline. Once it hit $3.20 a gallon , he decided to make good on a vow to commute on horseback. So he arose early, saddled his mare, Patty, and off they went. As for refueling Patty, she - ah - tanked up on hay while he was on the job.

Who's this guy?

Even if voters reject him and his party in next week's election, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is still so well regarded that his face will appear on a new series of coins. Of course, that will be in Honduras, not his own country. The two have had close diplomatic ties for 70 years , and the Hondurans thought it was time to commemorate them.

Football's reigning sling king chases Favre, Young

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning begins his eighth season in the National Football League Sunday in possession of one of the NFL's most glamorous records: most touchdown passes in a single season. Last year, he completed 49 of them, one more than Dan Marino's old mark, set in 1984. As good as he is, Manning has only led the league twice in TD passes, a feat that has proved elusive even for some of the all-time greats. Joe Montana and Joe Namath, for example, only led the league once apiece in this statistical category. The quarterbacks who've been tops in the department two or more times, with the number of times each led the league and for which teams:

Brett Favre (Green Bay), Steve Young (San Francisco), 4

Dan Marino (Miami), Johnny Unitas (Baltimore), Y.A. Tittle (New York Giants) Sid Luckman (Chicago), Arnie Herber (Green Bay), 3

Peyton Manning (Indianapolis)

Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams), Jim Everett (Los Angeles Rams), Terry Bradshaw (Pittsburgh), John Hadl (San Diego), Frank Filchock (Washington), 2


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