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Originally published Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

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Oh baby, the stakes are high in this name game

Good thing dad wasn't a fan of, say, the Arizona Cardinals and Fozzy Whittaker. A soon-to-be-born boy acquired his first and middle names...

The Seattle Times

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Good thing dad wasn't a fan of, say, the Arizona Cardinals and Fozzy Whittaker.

A soon-to-be-born boy acquired his first and middle names — as in Robert Griffin Vega — simply because his Redskins-loving dad won a naming-rights bet on Thanksgiving Day's Dallas-Washington game, which the Redskins won 38-31.

If Cowboys-loving mom had won, "RGV" would've been Miles Austin Vega instead.

"I was second-guessing the whole time, like, 'What am I thinking?' " father Emanuel Vega told The Washington Post. "If she's gonna name him after a Cowboys player, there's no doubt he would be a Cowboys fan. My son, as a Cowboys fan? I might have to disown him."

Grambling problem

Grambling State boasts the only winless men's basketball team in Division I, its 23 losses coming by an average of 27 points.

Adding further insult, Vegas oddsmakers say the Washington Generals would be 29 ½-point favorites.

Wheels of fortune

Some Daytona 500 predictions — other than Danica Patrick will win — from the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi:

• "There will be at least 5,000 fans named 'Earl' attending the race.

• "A fight will break out in the infield between two fans arguing over which is the better car — the black Trans Am from 'Smokey and the Bandit' or The General Lee from 'The Dukes of Hazzard.'

• "Somebody in the infield will lose a tooth trying to open a bottle of beer."


• At "Danica Patrick lauded for breaking down barriers for attractive women."

• At "Report: Michael Jordan to turn 51 in approximately one year."

Where there's smoke...

Mississippi police say they found marijuana when rasslin' star Jack Swagger's car got pulled over after a "WWE Smackdown" taping in Biloxi, reported.

Swagger's been charged with DUI, speeding and possession of an unlawful foreign object.

Talko time

• Patti Brooks, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, when asked if she can believe it's been 33 years since her late husband Herb coached the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. hockey team: "The way my body's falling apart now, yes."

• Rays manager Joe Maddon, to reporters, on his team rules for player grooming: "Beards, earrings, tattoos — we like it all."

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on the Bills' plans to interview linebacker Manti Te'o at the NFL combine: "Hopefully, in person."

• RJ Currie of, on Joakim Noah going 0 for 7 on career three-point attempts: "Anyone surprised a guy named Noah prefers his points two by two?"

Nil and void

Hundreds of international soccer matches, including some in the World Cup, were fixed by organized crime gangs, an 18-month probe revealed.

Not sure of the fixers' modus operandi, but we probably can rule out point-shaving.

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