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Father doesn't always know best, thank goodness

By Dwight Perry
The Seattle Times

Take heed, kids: It doesn't always pay to mind your parents.

Tom Izzo, the Michigan State basketball coach, advised his 13-year-old son Steven to pick with his head and not his heart when he saw him filling out an NCAA bracket.

"The damn kid picked Duke (to beat MSU)," Izzo revealed to ESPN Radio before the Blue Devils ousted his Spartans in the Sweet 16. "My son's problem is whether he even eats at my house again."

Tweets of the Year

Phil Jackson's first and second attempts on Twitter:

1) "11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs"

2) "I should take these off, right?"


• At "Dr. James Andrews unveils superstar 'FrankenAthlete' made from athlete body parts he's collected over the years."

• At "Injured Andrew Bynum starting to wonder if he'll ever waste his talent again."

No accounting for this

"Due to all the upsets in the NCAA tournament," wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, "the average office bracket will be won by Helena, the company accountant from Switzerland who thinks a free throw is worth four points."

Big Dance II

"Did I hear right? Dorothy Hamill is out of 'Dancing with the Stars' and Andy Dick is still in?" wrote blogger Chad Picasner. "There's another bracket that's busted on me."

Movin' on up

Kobe Bryant passed a Wilt Chamberlain milestone when he amassed number:

a) 34,420

b) 101

c) 20,001

Audit alert

"The IRS announced that taxpayers are making fewer mistakes," wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald. "Just wait until they realize that instead of my 1040 form, I mistakenly sent in my NCAA tournament bracket."

Quote marks

• Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, after Tony Stewart said NASCAR drivers should settle their differences with hockey-style fights: "And maybe hockey players could settle their squabbles with a demolition derby in the parking lot."

• Twins VP Matt Hoy, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, surveying the grass at Target Field before opening day: "It's the best-looking lawn in all of Minnesota for this time of year."

• Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on Seattle and Sacramento vying for the 27-47 Kings: "This is like two vultures in a tug-of-war over a possum carcass."

• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's persistent attempts to lower his middling dash times before the NFL draft: "He ran his most recent 40 on Saturday. Will let you know when he finishes."

Consolation prize

Maria Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in Saturday's Sony Open final, leaving her 0-5 all-time in title matches of the Key Biscayne, Fla., tournament.

But, hey, the post-match phone calls from Marv Levy are certainly nice.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or

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