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Originally published Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

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Meet Thunder coach Scott Brook's toughest critic: his mother | Sideline Chatter

'She must have been a former NBA player in an earlier life,' according to Brooks.

The Seattle Times

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Yah....and its not going to get any better for him either..... MORE

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Think NBA critics are tough? Meet Scott Brooks' mother.

"When we win, it's the players. When we lose, it's me," the Oklahoma City coach told The Associated Press of mom's postgame critiques. "I tell you, she must have been a former NBA player in an earlier life."

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: "Foreign substance on C.C. Sabathia's glove determined to be chocolate syrup."

• At TheOnion.com: "Dad insists perfect games were better when he was young."

What, no show-jumpers?

More than 30 thoroughbred race horses in the U.S. have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug made from a substance found on the back of the South American Waxy Tree Frog, The New York Times reported.

Racing officials figured something was amiss when the horses kept jumping out of the starting gate.

Sorry Stat of the Week

Federal prosecutors — with just one conviction to show for the 10 charges they brought against Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — boast a poorer winning percentage than the 7-59 Charlotte Bobcats.

No kidding

"If I had 10 minutes to live," tweeted Bengals cornerback Terence Newman, "I'd want them to be in NBA minutes."

Horsing-around time

Trainer Doug O'Neill harbored no illusions of I'll Have Another ever racing again after the Derby and Preakness champ got scratched from the Belmont.

"I'd love to see him back in my barn in a few months," O'Neill told USA Today, "but realistically he'll probably be seeing a lot of beautiful mares and smoking a lot of cigarettes."

Talking the talk

• Comedy writer Tim Hunter, on the pro-marijuana lobbyists' 25-3 win over the White House in softball: "Wonder what the snack mom brings for the pro-pot team?"

• TNT's Conan O'Brien, on his talk show's swing through Chicago: "In four days, I did everything you can do here: I ate well, drank a lot, and earlier this afternoon I beat the Cubs 11-2."

• Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, mulling the possible penalties for NBA floppers: "Who's in favor of power plays in basketball?"

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, after the L.A. Kings reportedly lost the Stanley Cup-winning puck: "Anyone check with Doug Mientkiewicz?"

Wildcat strike

NCAA men's basketball champion Kentucky, anticipating a $3.5 million windfall, is raising its Rupp Arena seat prices for next season.

Increases range from $5 a ticket to $5,000 for unobstructed views of Ashley Judd.

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

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