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In lieu of flowers, family asks for your third-round slot

Fantasy football player “Ricky L.” had one fateful week in 2011.

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Well, that was a short mourning period.

Fantasy football player “Ricky L.,” in one fateful week in 2011, lost running back Fred Jackson to a broken leg on Sunday, had his wife die on Tuesday and, just three days after her passing, he pilfered LeSean McCoy — from his dead wife’s team — in exchange for Jackson.

“It’s a terrible trade, obviously, as no one would ever trade a stud for a guy who’s done for the season,” wrote ESPN.com’s Matthew Berry, “but beyond that, the owner of McCoy is, you know, dead! Clearly, the husband is controlling both teams.”

And when the predictable backlash came from his fellow league members?

“The husband responds: ‘Hey!!! It was her dying wish.’

“Ball game, husband.”

Headlines

• At Fark.com: “Yankees hope A-Rod rejoins team next week. So do the other teams in the AL East.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Metta World Peace signs 2-year deal with New York Post.”

Losing streak

Dylan McCue-Masone, who said on Twitter he’d run onto the field during Tuesday’s All-Star Game if he got 1,000 retweets, made good on his promise and got taken down – hard – by stadium security.

So what’s his new nickname, Tweeter Dee or Tweeter Dumb?

NFL quiz

Forty-Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks, accused of breaking a beer bottle over a teammate’s head, has been:

a) cleared of possible charges, prosecutors say.

b) named an honorary 1970s Oakland Raider.

8 days and counting

A whole week has gone by since a cop last hauled in an NFL player.

Who says there’s no arrest for the wicked?

Grow power

Six of the past 10 Home Run Derby winners sported facial hair, according to a study by Stats.com, and hairier hitters hit more homers per derby (12.3 to 10.5) than clean-shaven ones.

So when pundits talk about Yoenis Cespedes’ hair apparent, they’re not kidding.

Talking the talk

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after a customer tackled a prison escapee at an Ohio convenience store: “Seeing an inmate tackled, at first I thought it was a Cincinnati Bengals preseason game.”

• CBS’s David Letterman, on the New York City heat wave: “It was so hot today that Joey Chestnut ate 68 Dove bars.”

• Golfer Sergio Garcia, to AP, recalling his first British Open as a 16-year-old amateur in 1996: “The grass was taller than I was.”

Paging Bryce Harper

So, are opposing QBs really scared of South Carolina’s star defensive end?

That’s a Clowney question, bro.

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

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