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Sideline chatter: NFL’s emergency room now filled with drama

Eagles’ Chip Kelly responsible for a new trend

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Sideline Chatter

See what you’ve wrought, Chip Kelly?

“In the past, with concussions, guys would pretend they weren’t injured,” wrote Rick Reilly of ESPN.com. “Now, against the Eagles, they pretend they are.

“You’re going to see more injuries than on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ during Eagles games this season, all as fake as the ones Patrick Dempsey operated on.”

NFL headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Report: Shanahan to hire his daughter as defensive coordinator.”

• At Fark.com: “49ers player arrested for DUI, claims the arresting officer was too loud.”

They’re all in

Dodger players infuriated the Arizona Diamondbacks by jumping into Chase Field’s cement pond to celebrate their just-won NL West title.

The Yankees, not to be outdone, immediately dove into the free-agent pool.

Hot Wheels Dept.

The hauler transporting Trevor Bayne’s cars to Saturday’s Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 caught fire near Knoxville, Tenn., but no serious damage was reported.

Which certainly puts a whole new spin on “smoking his tires.”

Pass the karats

Joe Flacco skipped the birth of his son last Sunday so he could quarterback the Ravens instead.

“It was 8 pounds, 7 ounces,” noted NBC’s Jimmy Fallon. “Not the baby — the diamond Flacco had to buy his wife to make up for it.”

Hold that line

Attention, bet-crazed Seahawks fans: Eight of the past 10 NFL teams favored by 20 or more points have failed to cover the spread.

“So,” wrote Jeff Krupsaw of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “who wants to bet on Jacksonville?”

Talko time

• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after Philadelphia fans cheered ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid in the first quarter, then booed him in the second: “Not exactly unexpected: He was a fat guy dressed in red.”

• Carey Schwartz, son of blogger Janice Hough, on the only three things keeping the Astros from being a playoff contender: “Spring, summer and fall.”

• Spotted on a Texas A&M fan’s sign behind ESPN’s “College GameDay” set: “Even Forrest Gump got into Bama.”

• Blogger TC Chong, after the PGA Tour said it might stop letting TV viewers phone in rules violations: “Lindsey Vonn, however, said fans are welcome to call her any time if they see Tiger committing any infractions.”

Eating on the job

The Tigers’ Prince Fielder, chasing a foul ball near the stands, grabbed himself some nachos from a fan.

As if portly Prince needed to make any more plate appearances.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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