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This tip really does come off just like a punch in the face
Police following up on a tip? No kidding. Boxer Martin Tucker has been charged with robbing a Monroe, Mich., credit union in 2009 ...
The Seattle Times
Police following up on a tip? No kidding.
Boxer Martin Tucker has been charged with robbing a Monroe, Mich., credit union in 2009 — and all because an alert FBI agent staking out one of his fights seized a discarded Q-tip used on Martin's bloody nose, The Detroit News reported. Seems the DNA on the swab matched that found on the stolen getaway car's steering wheel.
And just to prove you can lose for winning, judges that night awarded Tucker a unanimous decision, his only win in his last seven fights.
Take that, Bengals! The Minnesota Vikings, not Cincinnati, lead NFL teams with 39 player arrests since 2000, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The top five: Vikings, Bengals (37), Broncos (34), Titans (30), Jacksonville (27).
But take heart, Seahawks fans: Your team is "winning" the NFC West. Seattle is tied for 14th with 18 arrests, followed by the 49ers (11, T-26th), Cardinals (9, 29th) and last-place Rams (7, 32nd).
The most fearsome defensive unit on the Penn State campus is now:
a) The football team's latest crop of linebackers.
b) The students guarding the Joe Paterno statue.
• At SportsPickle.com: "Penn State revelations spurring other college programs to re-evaluate their secret-keeping procedures."
• At BuzzFeed.com: "The Anthony Davis unibrow is now a Nike swoosh."
I-do it later
Canadian basketball player Kim Smith says there's a good reason she's postponing her wedding until after the London Olympics.
"We didn't want to be planning a wedding for the middle of the summer and all of a sudden I break my nose and have two black eyes," she told the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun. "International basketball can get rough."
Talking the talk
• Pete Rose, 71, to Entertainment Weekly, on his upcoming reality TV show with 30-something fiancée Kiana Kim: "We're just a normal family with 4,200 hits."
• Greg Frazier of the Palo Alto (Calif.) Daily News, on Rose's show: "No word on whether he's betting against it."
• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on why the World Toe Wrestling Championships weren't broadcast: "They weren't wired for Digital TV."
• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on the Dodgers' search for a slugger who hits with consistency: "Go out to the parking lot and find a fan."
Pot, meet kettle
Penn State had its football priorities way out of whack, the Freeh Report concluded.
"That's ludicrous," said one of the 1,115 persons — media members, bowl reps, corporate sponsors — issued a credential for SEC Media Days.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org