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Times Square ball drop has some oddball counterparts

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When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — who will lead the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration tonight — touches off New York City’s ball drop, the illuminated orb won’t be the only thing falling around the country at midnight.

These days, cities are dropping an array of creative items to cheering crowds as locals mimic the massive Times Square countdown event that has come to symbolize the nation’s New Year moment.

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