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 column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports.
Penalty mark set to fall this weekend.
And the Oscar goes to ... both of the coaches in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.
The Aussie golfer got victimized by a pilfering crow during this year’s Australian PGA Championship when the blackbird snatched his tee shot from the fairway and flew off with it into a nearby tree.
Daniel Engelbrecht, the German soccer player who collapsed during a match and underwent four heart surgeries in 16 months, not only returned to the Stuttgarter Kickers with a defibrillator in his chest but scored the winning goal against Wehen-Wiesbaden in the 90th minute.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl participants will receive Chick-fil-A gift cards
The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame, created by NotInHallOfFame.com, has added four baseball movie characters — catcher Crash Davis (“Bull Durham”), pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (“Major League”), outfielder Roy Hobbs (“The Natural”) and broa
Penn State’s athletic department, in sending out computer-generated letters seeking renewal of football season tickets, somehow mailed one to Jerry Sandusky at his State College residence.
Race car drivers Courtney Force and Graham Rahal are engaged to be married.
Patrick O’Brien, a 26-year-old paramedic and backup goaltender for the Gander (Newfoundland) Flyers hockey team, rushed out of the dressing room in his game gear to perform CPR on a fan who gone into cardiac arrest. The fan was hospitalized in stable condition.
When you seat relatives who haven’t seen each other for a year at a table with a gallon of wine and a carving knife,” pointed out comedian Argus Hamilton, “God only knows how many lives the Dallas Cowboys game saves every Thanksgiving.”
When taking your game of computer chess goes a little too far.