MARK SANCHEZ is working to atone for his brutal transgression in Oakland last weekend. The Jets' rookie quarterback was caught on camera trying to put mustard on a hot dog and, get this,


it, late in New York's 38-0 blowout of the Raiders. He apologized after the game, saying he didn't feel well and needed to eat something. Sanchez added that "it won't happen again."

Sanchez is trying to make up for it, though. He bought 500 hot dogs and 500 hamburgers, along with buns and rolls, and donated them to the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, N.J.

Coach Rex Ryan said he was "disappointed" with Sanchez and his hot dog eating ways, but said the quarterback didn't mean to be disrespectful. They chatted on the flight home and he's happy that Sanchez cooked up the idea to donate the grub.

"Something happened here and I wanted to turn it into a positive," Sanchez told the Associated Press yesterday.

Good thing, because the No Fun League needs to crack down on this kind of behavior. A guy eating a hot dog is right up there with wearing the wrong colored shoelaces.

Remembering the vets

Nice gesture from the first lady yesterday.

Michelle Obama shook hands with wounded veterans and handed out goody bags during a visit to a veterans hospital in the Bronx before taking in Game 1 of the World Series.

Mrs. Obama was joined by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and other baseball officials. The first lady has been a vocal advocate for veterans and military families.

"I'm happy with every minute that I spend time with our men and women in uniform and our veterans," Mrs. Obama told a crowd of veterans and hospital staff at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. "Each and every day, they selflessly and courageously serve this nation."

Major League Baseball dedicated Game 1 to veterans and their families, another nice gesture.

But we have to mention one little detail. Those goody bags? Filled with Yankees caps and Yankees teddy bears! We just hope any vets who happen to be Phillies fans will turn those caps inside out.

- Joe Berkery