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He's just used to shoeing away the competition

AJ McCarron boasts one famous girlfriend — and lots of shoes. The Alabama QB says he packed about 30 pair with him for the trip to...

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AJ McCarron boasts one famous girlfriend — and lots of shoes.

The Alabama QB says he packed about 30 pair with him for the trip to the BCS title game, and left about another 100 pair at home.

Tide tailback Eddie Lacy, meanwhile, brought just one pair, his red and white sneakers.

"That's all I need," Lacy told AP. "I've only got two feet. I don't know what's up with him and his shoe fetish."

Movie quiz, Part I

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a film about:

a) The CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden.

b) The Seahawks' first-half performance against Atlanta.

Movie quiz, Part II

"An Unexpected Journey" is a film adaption of:

a) The 1937 literary classic "The Hobbit."

b) The Seahawks' fourth-quarter rally from a 20-point deficit — and equally stunning defeat.

Good question

"If the real issue with PEDs is that they are illegal," wrote Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, "does that mean we need to eject all baseball Hall of Fame members who drank alcohol between 1920 and 1933?"

No Lion

"Callers to 9-1-1 in Virginia reported seeing a lion that turned out to be a dog," noted Times reader Bill Littlejohn. "Detroit fans can certainly identify."

Yo, Madison Ave.

Destined to land in one of those "How do you spell relief?" commercials: Falcons coach Mike Smith.

I Dream of Jimmy

Sure sign you've been watching too much football: You can't shake the vision of a Harbaugh brother screaming in a sideline official's ear.

Down in front

Some 38 Sunderland soccer fans had their season tickets revoked for blocking other spectators' views by refusing to sit down.

That's what you call a bad homestand.

Perspective, please

A 30-second ad during this year's Super Bowl will cost $4 million — or roughly the payroll of five WNBA teams.

Talking the talk

• Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, on MLB instituting in-season testing for human growth hormone: "Players will be tested at random, or if they gain more than 30 pounds between at-bats."

• Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, when asked if he got any post-lockout tips from NBA counterpart Rick Adelman of the Timberwolves: "I think we'll spend a lot of time on our three-point shooting."

• Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, on Brazilian prostitutes getting free English lessons in preparation for the 2014 World Cup: "Just another example of sports advancing the common good."

• CBS's David Letterman, on this year's Baseball Hall of Fame voting: "Lots of players were eligible, but nobody got in. However, Pete Rose is already taking bets for next year."

The Derision

So, Lance Armstrong is apparently set to finally admit all to Oprah Winfrey.

What, Jim Gray wasn't available to film a one-hour special?

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

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