A Texas man's ingenious plan to make a little extra money turned out to be a train wreck — or, in this case, a car wreck.

Paul Michael Dejesus of Austin was arrested and charged with theft after police say he stole about $178,000 worth of NASCAR tickets and attempted to sell them on Craigslist, according to an arrest warrant.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Dejesus was charged with a second-degree felony and is in Travis County Jail on $200,000 bond.

The affadavit stated that a representative from a company called Full Throttle Productions, which sponsors and sets up NASCAR races, told authorities that she never received a package containing tickets for a March 14 race at Thunder Hill Raceway. Federal Express said they had delivered the package to her address and left it on her front porch.

When another representative from Full Throttle noticed an advertisement for NASCAR tickets on Craigslist, police detectives got involved. The affidavit said the tickets matched the ones that were missing.

According to the American-Statesman, a police detective responded to the ad and received a reply from Dejesus. Detectives met with Dejesus and bought four tickets, according to the warrant.

The detectives were able to confirm the tickets were stolen and secured a warrant to search Dejesus' home. Police found the remainder of the tickets as well as other Federal Express packages and mail that were not addressed to him.

There's no real joke here, other than the thought of a NASCAR fan trying to outsmart police.

Going for a ride

It's a good thing New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey wasn't injured, or he might have had to come up with some kind of Jeff Kent-type excuse,

Pelfrey was wearing a black motorcycle helmet during voluntary workouts at the team's spring training complex recently after crashing his golf cart while playing a round with teammates. Pelfrey called it his "crash helmet," according to the New York Post.

While playing with pitcher John Maine, catcher Brian Schneider and right fielder Ryan Church, Pelfrey caught one of his cart's wheels on the edge of a sand trap, causing it to flip over into the bunker.

Pelfrey wasn't hurt, and the foursome was able to turn the cart back upright.

"The only people who saw it were the guys about to tee off on that hole, and they asked if I was OK," Pelfrey told the Post. "The guys aren't going to let me drive the cart anymore, though."

No truth to the rumor that if Pelfrey had been injured, he was planning on telling team officials he was actually washing his truck.

Top five list

The top five proposed names for a new 49ers-Raiders venue:

5. Oddfellows Stadium

4. Frick and Frack Field

3. Spritzer and Suds Park

2. Down and Out Dome

1. Field of Pipe Dreams

— Tom Barnidge and Matt Schwab

Nobody asked us but...

  • Now that we know more about Michael Phelps' hobbies, it's a little easier to understand that voracious appetite of his.

  • The sports world spins in seriously mysterious ways: Who knew that Miguel Tejada always wanted to be Adam Piatt?

  • If anybody asks, we've got July 17 in the office pool for when Brett Favre announces he's unretiring again.

  • Just learned that golfer Jim Thorpe has been charged by federal authorities with four counts of failure to file an income tax return. Who does he think he is, a nominee for a cabinet post?

    — Tom Barnidge

    Overheard

    "I think you just felt a tremendous need to keep up and to play well. You know, it was hot in Texas every day. It was over a hundred degrees."

    — Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, describing part of the reason he took steroids

    That's a fact

    Phoenix center Shaquille O'Neal will play in his 15th All-Star game today. That is second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabaar (18).

    The bottom line

    During a recent one-week span, the Los Angeles Lakers team site had the most page views on NBA.com. The Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were second, far outnumber the rest of the league. The Warrors check in at No. 20. Here is the team-by-team breakdown for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

    Team Page views

    1. Lakers 1,861,636

    2. Cavaliers 1,763,416

    3. Celtics 986,064

    4. Heat 806,203

    5. Raptors 674,601

    6. Suns 664,444

    7. Magic 551,029

    8. Knicks 519,473

    9. Spurs 501,586

    10. Bulls 483,585

    11. Pistons 477,438

    12. Rockets 414,623

    13. Trail Blazers 413,950

    14. Bobcats 364,412

    15. Grizzlies 330,668

    16. Mavericks 291,794

    17. Pacers 291,150

    18. Wizards 284,340

    19. Hornets 284,085

    20. Warriors 280,377

    21. Hawks 262,445

    22. Nuggets 250,035

    23. 76ers 248,990

    24. Clippers 242,857

    25. Jazz 228,908

    26. T'Wolves 219,835

    27. Bucks 215,17

    28. Nets 151,58

    29. Kings 149,995

    30. Thunder 98,087

    Source: sportsbusinessdaily.com.

    Worth a look

    TODAY

    NBA: All-Star Game, TNT, 5:30 p.m. Watch nine great basketball players stand around and watch one score — every time down court!

    MONDAY

    Cycling: Tour of California, VERSUS, 9 a.m. If this is truly a tour, the bikers actually are riding much too fast to be enjoying it.

    TUESDAY

    Soccer: West Ham United vs. Manchester United, CSBNA, 3 p.m. If there is one thing this game has, it's unity.

    WEDNESDAY

    Cycling: Tour of California, VERSUS, 1 p.m. The tour takes the riders through Berkeley, where Cal football coach Jeff Tedford asks a few of them if they can play quarterback.

    THURSDAY

    Golf: Johnnie Walker Classic, GOLF, 6:30 a.m. Funny how the golfers seem to get happier and less coordinated as the round goes along.

    FRIDAY

    Golf: Northern Trust Open, GOLF, noon. This tournament is met with skepticism from people in the South.

    For experts only

    1. Who led the American League in batting average last season?

    2. How many 20-game winners were there in the major leagues in 2008?

    3. Which team had the most homers in the big leagues last season?

    4. Which team had the fewest homers?

    5. Which were the only two teams to lose at least 100 games?

    For answers only

    1. Joe Mauer of Minnesota (.328)

    2. Four (Cliff Lee of Cleveland; Brandon Webb of Arizona; Roy Halladay of Toronto; Mike Mussina of the N .Y. Yankees)

    3. The Chicago White Sox (235)

    4. The Giants (94)

    5. The Seattle Mariners (101) and Washington Nationals (102)

    Fanfare was compiled by Jonathan Okanes, except otherwise noted, by staff, wire reports and Internet reports.