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So this is what they mean by 'home of the brave'

What, no tomahawk chopping block in the kitchen? An 18-hole golf course, a fishing pond, sports courts and ballfields are among the amenities...

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What, no tomahawk chopping block in the kitchen?

An 18-hole golf course, a fishing pond, sports courts and ballfields are among the amenities on the 22-acre manor in Milton, Ga., that ex-Braves pitcher John Smoltz is trying to sell for $7.2 million, Realtor.com reported.

Act now, and they'll even throw in the Leo Mazzone living-room rocker.

Headline

• At SportsPickle.com: "Report: NHL owners and players still not in agreement on when next lockout should be."

Need a loaner?

Congress avoided driving over the fiscal cliff with an 11th-hour agreement last week.

"Hey, if you guys don't need that clown car," asked one NHL negotiator, "mind if we borrow it?"

Bowlish on brainiacs

Northwestern won its first bowl game in 64 years and Stanford won its first Rose Bowl in 41.

Or, as Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald put it: "I think it's just nice to see students from Stanford and Northwestern excelling outside of college week on 'Jeopardy!' "

Out with the Tide

Alabama coach Nick Saban sent two reserve linebackers home from the BCS Championship Game preparations because he caught them:

a) Out after curfew.

b) In a library.

Hold that line

"So you have a 9-7 record and you go on to win the Super Bowl. The next year you have a 9-7 record and you don't make the playoffs," wrote Len Berman of ThatsSports.com. "They say it's a fine line between winning and losing. There's no better proof than the New York Giants."

The Iron Hearse

Just call NHL commissioner Gary Bettman the Anti-Cal Ripken of hockey: 2,632 consecutive games not played ... and counting.

Talko time

• Soft-tossing pitcher Jamie Moyer, 50, to Sports Illustrated, when asked to recall the last time he intentionally hit a batter: "Maybe in the minor leagues. With my velocity, they would pick it up and say, 'Hey, you dropped something.' "

• Comedy writer Gary Bachman, on AT&T being this year's Cotton Bowl title sponsor: "That explains all the drops."

• Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on the NFL Pro Bowl: "That's the game players are thrilled to be chosen for, but then schedule hangnail surgery and bad hair days to avoid actually playing in."

One long rein delay

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, 49, is returning to the saddle after a seven-year "retirement."

In keeping with the theme, he's limiting all his early rides to old gray mares.

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

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