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Originally published Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

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One person’s fantasy is another person’s pain


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Sideline Chatter

And you thought getting chewed out by Mike Ditka was rough?

That’s nothing compared to the hate messages — including death threats — that NFL players receive from frustrated fantasy-football owners, causing some to give up social media altogether.

“We get criticism every day from our coaches, from the media, even relatives at times,” Lions receiver Nate Burleson told Detroit’s WWJ-TV, “so why add on another element of somebody that you don’t even know, a complete stranger, to tear you down?”

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Nick Saban: ‘We’re just going to show up at the BCS title game anyway.’ ”

• At TheOnion.com: “Owner admits fantasy team in rebuilding year.”

SEC gold rush

The Southeastern Conference has fined Ole Miss, Auburn and Missouri a combined $35,000 because their football fans stormed the field.

Or as SEC spinmeisters described it, a rushing offense.

News flash

Dateline Honolulu, Jan. 25: Frustrated Aaron Rodgers finally cleared to play in the Pro Bowl.

Stat of the Week

As noted by Jason Pierobon of FootballGuys.com: Peyton Manning has more rushing touchdowns this season than Robert Griffin III.

Seminole moment

Florida State over Auburn in the BCS title game?

“The SEC’s seven-year title streak will end,” predicted Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times, “when the Tigers’ Hail Mary falls to the ground after bouncing off three players, two refs and a hot-dog vendor.”

Thanks, boss

What, no Jelly of the Month Club? Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay gave each of his players an Xbox One as a holiday gift.

Obviously, at 9-5, they’ve been nice this year.

Talko time

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the aftermath of North Korean president Kim Jong Un having his own uncle executed: “A new land speed record was set by Dennis Rodman driving to the airport.”

• ESPN graphic from baseball’s winter meetings, listing the 51-111 Astros’ needs: “Pitching — Hitting — Fielding.”

• Spotted on a sign held by a Steelers fan dressed as Jesus at the Bengals game: “Defeat Cin.”

• CBS’s David Letterman, with a sure sign your favorite team might not be World Series-bound in 2014: “Your first baseman is so fat, he’s also your second baseman.”

Fast break-in

A crowd of overeager shoppers looking to get a new pair of $170 Air Jordans rushed the Eastland Mall entrance in Columbus, Ohio, knocking the doors off their hinges.

That’s called a charging foul.

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



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