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Get ready for the world’s smallest strike zones with the El Paso Chihuahuas


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Anyone up for The Wee Dog Days of Summer?

El Paso’s new Pacific Coast League franchise, the Padres’ Class AAA affiliate, will be called the Chihuahuas.

Reggie 3, Modesty 0

Reggie Jackson, 67, isn’t getting any more humble with age. Said the Hall of Fame slugger to HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” recalling his three-homer game in the 1977 World Series:

Gumbel: “As you’re trotting around the bases after the third one, what are you thinking?”

Jackson: “Ruth and Gehrig and players like that were going through my mind. And we have won the World Series. And I’d finally climbed over the hill.”

Gumbel: “You didn’t take a moment to think — say to yourself, ‘Damn, I’m good.’ ”

Jackson: “I knew that anyway.”

Sports quiz

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, accused of having Vaseline on his glove during Game 1 of the World Series, told reporters the substance was:

a) rosin

b) fried-chicken grease.

Going down

Singer Wayne Newton’s yacht unexpectedly sank at a Lake Mead marina.

Newton immediately rechristened it the SS Houston Texans.

Channeling Hank Stram

Anybody else have the Kansas City Chiefs in their Last Unbeaten Team pool?

Out of bounds

Tiger Woods’ agent threatened legal action after Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee accused the golfer of cheating.

“Where were you four years ago?” said Elin Nordegren.

All for nothing

The NBA has switched its Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1.

Though for the Orlando Magic, it’s still 0-0-0-0-0.

Quote marks

• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, after the Giants re-signed pitcher Tim Lincecum and their ballpark hosted Kanye West’s marriage proposal to Kim Kardashian: “Wonder which relationship will last longer.”

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on ex-Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla being arrested on cocaine charges: “Teammates suspected something was up when he was on the line: He tried to snort it.”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Advil being named the official pain reliever of the NHL: “This is the second-most lucrative endorsement deal, next to being the official bail bondsman of the NFL.”

Pack your bags

Scientists say they’ve discovered new planet with a water-rich atmosphere, called Gliese 1214b.

Simply out of habit, Roger Goodell immediately announced plans to play an NFL game there.

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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