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Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Lions and tigers and tightropes, oh my!

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Talk about putting all nine lives on the line.

A Chinese teen is attempting to break four tightrope-walking records this week on a cable stretched 80 feet above the lions and tigers at the Beijing Wildlife Park, the China Daily reported.

Shate'er, 16, made good on his first record attempt Sunday — walking backwards and blindfolded in 11 minutes, 8 seconds over the 200-meter steel cable — and will try to claim the other marks over the next three days.

Marketing analysts figure Shate'er is a cinch to land a Kibbles & Bits endorsement — if he doesn't become Kibbles & Bits first.

Perfect fit

Lincoln Kennedy, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound former lineman and U-Dub drama major, made a recent guest appearance on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."

"What do you mean, he is on 'Two and a Half Men'?" asked NFL Network analyst Emmitt Smith. "He is two and a half men."

Sandy claws

Matt Treanor, the Florida Marlins' backup catcher, is married to beach volleyball star Misty May.

"I'm not sure if they have a family pet," speculated Don Sutton during an Atlanta Braves broadcast, "but if it's a dog, they probably named it Spike."

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Whoa isn't he

According to Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune, new Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan had just one question when Martell Webster — the team's top draft pick out of Seattle Prep — asked for some tapes of Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and Reggie Miller:

"How about some tapes of guys who play defense?"

Recollection is hazy

Old-timer Eddie Shack isn't shedding any tears for the plight of today's NHL players.

"When I played, role players had to work in the summer for the beer companies," Shack told the Toronto Sun. "We never wore helmets. We never had concussions.

"All we had were hangovers."

He's got an in

Quarterback John Kaleo, who has played for nine teams in his 12 Arena Football League seasons, is looking for yet another place to play.

Football experts suspect it'll be an inside job.

Talking the talk

• Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, on the NCAA giving a thumbs-down to North Dakota's Fighting Sioux mascot: "The school says it wants to keep the nickname, so it will fight 'n' sue."

• Brooks Melchior of sportsbybrooks.com, on Army's football team getting outscored 139-51 in starting 0-4: "Here's hoping Baghdad U. ain't on the Cadets' away schedule any time soon."

• Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, to the Houston Chronicle, on whether anybody can cover him: "The IRS. They've been on me for quite a while."

Name game

If any NFL team is willing to time-share a roster spot, who better to sign than free-agent long-snapper Jon Condo?

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

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