Andrews knowingly gets dirty

Some new pictures of Erin Andrews have surfaced, and the ESPN sideline reporter wants you to see these photos.

Andrews, who last month was involved in an Internet scandal over a nude video of her filmed without her knowledge, is dressed this time around. She is caked with mud as part of a football team in the somewhat-provocative photos and also appears fashionably dressed without the slime.

It's all part of a story on Andrews that appears in the September issue of Gentlemen's Quarterly magazine. The GQ piece, which delves into Andrews' career, her plans for the future and her love life, was crafted before the hidden-camera incident, and the accompanying photo shoot and obligatory video for the magazine's Web site were done before the naughty naked video hit the Internet.

Andrews, who has been off the air for most of the summer, is scheduled to return to work Sept. 3 when ESPN kicks off its college football coverage.

* FRENZY OVER FAVRE -- "Brettmania" is getting expensive. Particularly in Brett Favre's old stomping ground of Green Bay, Wis.

Favre, the 39-year-old former Packers quarterback who signed a two-year contact Tuesday to play for the Minnesota Vikings, returns to Lambeau Field on Nov. 1. Ticket prices on resale sites such as StubHub have spiked dramatically since the announcement.

An end zone seat, which was going for about $169 on Monday, was selling for nearly $400 on Wednesday. Sideline seats are going for as much as $1,400.

Not only are tickets in high demand, No. 4 Vikings jerseys are apparently flying off the shelves. Favre jerseys, retailing for $79.99, are snatched up almost as soon as they hit the racks in Twin Cities sporting goods stores.

But back in New York, a Favre Jets jersey last week had been marked down to $9.99. Same as a Plaxico Burress Giants jersey. A year ago, both players were the among the leading sellers for their teams when it came to apparel.

* CHEW ON THIS-- In the wake of the NCAA lowering the boom on Memphis basketball comes the revelation that schools can provide items such as bagels to their student-athletes, but not cream cheese or butter.

George Mason coach Jim Larranaga found this out at a compliance meeting the other day. He was so stunned, he sent the following message on Twitter: "New NCAA rule allows us to provide players bagels but no cream cheese or butter. Love it! There's nothing I like better than a dry bagel after a hard workout. LOL"

Judy Van Horn confirmed the legislation and then questioned its application.

"These (athletes) need some nutrition, so (NCAA) legislation was passed (saying) 'It's OK for you to give nuts, fruit and bagels to these student-athletes,' " she said. "They don't want to make it too vague so that people will push the envelope. So then we get these questions, 'Can you give them cream cheese on a bagel?' and the answer is 'No.' Sometimes the conversations we have appear not to be our highest use."

Amen to that.