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In Seahawks-49ers, does one birthday blowout deserve another?

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Deja blew all over again?

The Seahawks not only blew out the visiting 49ers in an NFC West showdown last season, they blew out Jim Harbaugh’s candles, too: Seattle’s 42-13 win came on Dec. 23 — the 49er coach’s 49th birthday.

As fate would have it, the teams meet again Sunday in Seattle — the day Hawks coach Pete Carroll turns 62.

NFL headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Jets say they were planning to give Mark Sanchez season-ending surgery even if he wasn’t hurt.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Jon Gruden still talking inside ESPN broadcast booth 45 minutes after end of ‘Monday Night Football.’ ”

Batter up

Otey’s Tavern in Mountain Brook, Ala., in honor of the Crimson Tide’s Saturday rematch against Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, is letting its patrons take a swing at a 30-inch-tall “Johnny Pinata.”

What, no Johnny Foosball Tournament?

Practice run

Formula One driver Felipe Massa got ticketed for speeding en route to Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

No such problem in the race, though: He came in fourth.

Naming rites

Eugene, Ore. — home of the Pac-12 Ducks — was previously known as

a) Skinner’s Mudhole

b) Nike’s Moneypit

Starting to slow down

An Ethiopian man claims he’s 160 years old.

Which probably explains why he only finished fourth in his latest marathon.

Quote marks

• Chris Burke of SI.com, on Broncos star Von Miller’s increasing docket of suspensions and legal issues: “Miller’s about one incident away from Roger Goodell locking him in a basement and attempting to reprogram him ‘A Clockwork Orange’-style.”

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland, after reporters suggested Max Scherzer’s MLB-best run support should be credited for the pitcher’s 19-3 record: “Some people could find a flaw in Bo Derek.”

• Peter King of SI.com, on the Eagles-Broncos game in Denver on Sept. 29: “Chip Kelly at Peyton Manning . . . In altitude. Bring your oxygen masks for that one.”

• Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Team USA, to AP, when asked about his job security after his yacht’s woeful start in the America’s Cup: “You can be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next, mate.”

Queasy as 1, 2, 3

Purdue safety Landon Feichter — who played against Indiana State despite breaking his hands in the Boilermakers’ season opener — won’t be playing in Week 3 after breaking his right leg against the Sycamores.

This is what you call a painful three-and-out.

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

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About Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His Page 2 column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports.
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