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Football gods don’t look kindly on this kind of talk

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This score just in: Jock Mentality 2, Class & Character 0.

A group of Ole Miss football players were accused of yelling sexual slurs at the actors during a campus production of “The Laramie Project” — just days after the 25th-ranked Rebels lost to Alabama, 25-0.

And Lions center Dominic Raiola apologized to Wisconsin for similar slurs he directed at Badgers marching-band members before Sunday’s game against the Packers — a game the Lions lost, 22-9.

So, just stick to playing football, fellas. (And try to play a little better, while you’re at it!)


• At “Study finds only safe place to tackle football players is 4-inch area on right thigh.”

• At “Enver beats Allas in a game with no D.”

Call in the cavalry

Oddsmakers have installed the Broncos as a record 27-point favorite over the Jaguars on Sunday.

To put that in perspective, even Custer got 25½ at Little Big Horn.

Three-quarters there

“I was just thinking that if football games were three quarters instead of four,” wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, “Tony Romo would go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.”

It’s a real downer

The film “Gravity,” the top money-maker at the box office last week, captures:

a) two astronauts’ fight for survival aboard a damaged space shuttle.

b) the Astros sinking to the bottom of the standings, no matter which league they’re in.

Run of the Green Dept.

A woman streaker on the 18th fairway livened up the proceedings Sunday at the President’s Cup golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Apparently she’d heard it was a skins format this year.

Quote marks

• Blogger Chad Picasner, on the Yankees missing the playoffs: “At least there are a couple of former Yankees there to carry on the tradition: A.J. Burnett can’t pitch and Nick Swisher can’t hit. It’s like old times.”

• Janice Hough of, on the Eagles and Cowboys sharing the NFC East lead at 2-3: “To make the NFL playoffs, shouldn’t your team at least be good enough to be bowl-eligible?”

Reeling it in

Darko Milicic, the 7-foot former NBA draft bust, told that he spends a lot of his time fishing these days.

So just call him The Big One That Got Away — with about $52 million.

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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. | 206-464-8250


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