I’d prefer useful insight from a compulsive gambler to the nonsensical braying of Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino’s vacant stares.

 Cowboys tight-end Martellus Bennett wants to see Jon Kitna under center whenever the NFL returns. Bennett told ESPN Radio this week “I think if he got a longer chance, he’d be able to do more.” Kitna stepped in when quarterback Tony Romo went down with a shoulder injury mid-season. Jerry Jones ignores input from his coaches, family and front office, so how much stock do you think he places in the wishes of an under-achieving backup tight-end? [ Larry Brown Sports ]

 Ben Roethlisberger won’t live with his fiancée before marriage because of their shared religio—You know what? Screw this. Go rehabilitate your image elsewhere. I’d rather wear a Barry Lamar Bonds jersey in a Dodger Stadium parking lot than being around this moron when he’s liquored up. [ via PFT ]

 FOX’s Alex Marvez says that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning no-showing yesterday’s court hearing in Minnesota hurts the players’ cause in their battle with the owners. Marvez chided Brady for failing “to personally provide support for a request that would give players a major boost in their legal fight against the league.” Because you know what wins legal arguments? Personal support. Judges often remark “Counsel, you’ve set out your position in a compelling oral argument, bolstered with an erudite brief– but I’m more interested in personal support. Do you have a handsome nominal plaintiff that I could hear from?”

 The Tennessee Titans settled their lawsuit against Southern Cal over the poaching of running backs coach Kennedy Pola. The Titans’ sued after Lane Kiffin went behind the back of then-Titans coach and USC alum Jeff Fisher to hire his new offensive coordinator. According to KSK’s actuarial staff, the USC athletic department’s legal budget is now greater than the GDP of Portugal. [ Sharebro Will at CBSSports.com ]