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Not-so-warm welcome for Saints in Atlanta

By Dwight Perry
The Seattle Times

What do you call New Orleans when it visits Atlanta? The Big Over Easy.

Two Saints players — tight end Jimmy Graham and backup QB Chase Daniel — tweeted that workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport pelted their team bus with eggs soon after they touched down Wednesday night.

Tweeted a third Saint, linebacker Will Herring: "First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! (The game) should be fun!!"


• At "Big East retakes Boston College in daring midnight raid."

• At "Packers GM checks waiver wire for offensive lines."

Needle points

Two thoughts on this year's Hall of Fame ballot:

• Artificially-enhanced Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are on it for the first time.

• Hyperdermic needles are quite handy for removing hanging chads.

Ad wrinkle

Possible "Pokertox" marketing jingle: "Ya gotta know when to Hold'em, know when to mold 'em."

Math quiz

0.0000005714 represents:

a) your chance of winning Wednesday night's Powerball lottery drawing.

b) the Astros' batting average last season with runners in scoring position.

Wizards, with a 'W'

The 0-12 Washington Wizards finally hit the win column with an 84-82 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

In a related story, two Washington Generals injured themselves popping champagne corks.

Quote marks

• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on the notion the Marlins might plow the cash accrued from their big salary dump into signing major free agents: "Marlins fans who trust that will happen should hold a meeting tonight at the Gullible Tavern, corner booth."

• Jack Finarelli of, on race-car driver Danica Patrick getting a divorce: "Would it be inappropriate to say their relationship hit a wall?"

• Peter Couture of The Tampa Bay Times, on Evan Longoria's six-year, $100 million extension: "Tampa Bay raise."

• Steve Harvey of The Bottom Ten, on the underachieving Cowboys and Eagles playing Sunday: "Whether coaches Andy Reid and Jason Garrett still have their jobs at kickoff will be game-time decisions."

Message to Michael

Basketball icon Michael Jordan is apparently persona non grata at Miami Beach's La Gorce Country Club after refusing to change his cargo shorts while playing a recent round there.

Witnesses say it was Jordan all right: The tongues on his golf shoes were sticking out, too.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or

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