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A funny thing happened on the way to the soccer pitch

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Talk about overshooting the soccer goal.

A traveling group of Bosnian fans missed their nation’s historic World Cup qualifier in Lithuania because they ended up flying to ... Riga, Latvia.

“When we bought tickets for the trip, no one noticed that we were going in the wrong country,” fan Haris Tresnjo told Radio Sarajevo. “When got there, we saw that there was silence, there were no other fans anywhere.

“I will surely remember this stupidity until the rest of my life.”

Fortunately, the wayward group found a café in Riga that had the game on TV.

NFL headlines

• At “Drunk Jim Irsay moves Colts to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the middle of the night.”

• At “Denver loses to Indianapolis in the war of 18 / 12.”

Winging it

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their third American League pennant in 10 years.

Though dumping beer and buckets of chicken on each other’s heads to celebrate seemed a bit over the top.

Read his lips

Nebraska State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh says students who can’t read at a third-grade level shouldn’t be allowed to:

a) Enter fourth grade

b) Continue playing college football

Curveball with byte

The White House vowed to bring in every expert necessary to fix the glitches on the Obamacare website.

First to arrive: Justin Verlander. That took care of the pop-ups.

Talking the talk

• Ex-NFL coach Bum Phillips, who died last week at 90, when Sid Gillman said that breaking down game film was better than making love: “Either I don’t know how to watch film, or you don’t know how to make love.”

• Times reader Charlie Gay, after Washington State QB Connor Halliday threw an NCAA-record 89 passes against Oregon: “The burning question: Can Halliday throw again on only 12 days’ rest?”

• Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on Fantex Brokerage’s plans to sell stock in Texans RB Arian Foster: “Darn. My broker has me invested in Matt Schaub.”

• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, after the NCAA finally concluded its investigation of the hometown Hurricanes: “I don’t wanna say this has been going on a while, but when the investigation began, cars had hand-cranks.”

Fire up, get fired

The Houston Texans released three players who were caught smoking marijuana during the team’s trip to Kansas City.

Guess you could say they weeded themselves out.

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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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