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Sideline Chatter

The best part about winning the 1964 World Series?

“I remember the ring ceremony (the next season),” said ex-Cardinals backup catcher Bob Uecker, regaling the attendees at a St. Louis baseball dinner. “That’s important to any player. I was warming up in the bullpen. They threw mine into left field.

“I found it in the fifth inning.”


• At “Amar’e Stoudemire buys horse farm / Horse is listed as day-to-day with knee trouble.”

• At “Peyton Manning exhausts media with hurry-up press conference.”

Heard in passing

Home QB advantage, Seahawks?

Take that, Peyton Manning: The game ball for Sunday’s Super Bowl is a Wilson.

The total experience

Among the top 10 attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, from CBS’s David Letterman:

• “Sit on a bench with Tim Tebow.

• “Receive an obscene text from Brett Favre.

• “Blow a game-used whistle.

• “Richard Sherman ranting booth.”

Rodent Mode

A Seattle groundhog just saw his shadow, meaning six more minutes for a Marshawn Lynch interview.

Sore subject

Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens set an NHL record with a 59-save shutout against San Jose last week.

Instead of teammates dousing him with Champagne, though, trainers rubbed him down with McCormick meat tenderizer.

Just chipping in

Former Atlanta star Chipper Jones hopped into his four-wheel drive to rescue Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman after Freeman got caught in the city’s snowy traffic jam for 5½ hours last week.

Alert statisticians immediately updated Chipper’s career numbers to read 468 homers, 1,623 RBI and 1 save.

Talko time

• Hearing-impaired Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, in his Duracell battery commercial, on skeptics of his football-playing dream: “I’ve been deaf since I was 3, so I didn’t listen.”

• Base-stealing whiz Billy Hamilton, at a Reds Caravan fan event, when asked if he’s faster than a car: “If it’s in park, then yes I am.”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the Pro Bowl: “The sporting equivalent of the burning yule log video.”

Coffin corner

Billy Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, got his dying wish — to be buried inside a custom see-through plexiglass casket, perched upon his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Here’s hoping Karl Malone doesn’t get any ideas about his 18-wheeler.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or



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