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Sideline Chatter

Think they’ll be tough to lick?

Andy Murray, Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champ in 77 years, is getting his own series of commemorative postage stamps, starting Aug. 8.

Alas, they only come in sets of three or more.


• At “Ryan Braun returns from 4-day All-Star break packing additional 53 pounds of muscle.”

• At “Metta World Peace signs 2-year deal with New York Post.”

Gift for your grillfriend

Available for sale online: an eight-piece Houston Astros barbecue set for $74.99.

Act now, and they’ll even throw in an interactive Astros meat thermometer that tells you “Stick a fork in ’em, they’re done.”

Naming rites

A boy named Sue? The late Mickey Mantle could relate, in a way.

As White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson told MLB Network: “He told me, ‘Hawk, the worst thing I ever did in my life was name one of my kids Mickey Jr. But how the hell did I know I was going to grow up to be Mickey Mantle?’ ”

Tiki punch

Ex-Giant Tiki Barber said Eli Manning is a better quarterback than Eli’s more celebrated brother, Peyton.

Peyton, to his credit, hasn’t yet called Barber “a drunk idiot running back.”

Banking on Kobe

That $75 you got for the old lawnmower at your garage sale? You can stop bragging about it any time now.

Kobe Bryant’s parents put some of his old stuff up for auction and landed $174,184 and $108,153 for two replica NBA title rings, $55,597 for an All-Star ring, and $50,150 and $41,694 for two of his high-school uniforms.

Slow start

Q: Who caught Brett Favre’s first completed pass in the NFL?

A: Favre himself, on Sept. 13, 1992 — a batted-back pass that resulted in a 7-yard loss.

Talko time

• Jack Finarelli of, on the public’s rush to judgment of ex-Pats right end Aaron Hernandez: “I wonder if those folks ever heard of: a) O.J. Simpson, b) Casey Anthony, c) George Zimmerman, d) the Duke lacrosse team.”

• Dom Cosentino of, after Thomas Bjorn’s errant shot out of the rough shattered the $80,000 lens of an ESPN camera: “Best of luck to the three or four production assistants who will now be sacrificed to cover the cost.”

• Matt Snyder of, on the Miami Marlins hosting “Legends of Wrestling Night” on Aug. 24: “The Marlins will do just about anything to get fans to the ballpark — that is, other than putting a winning team on the field.”

King of New England

What’s this — the royal baby’s arrival is already days overdue?

Or, as one Patriots fan put it, “I didn’t realize Tom and Giselle were expecting again.”

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About Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His Page 2 column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports. | 206-464-8250


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