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Saluting a year’s worth of chatter

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Twelve Days of Christmas, meet the Twelve Months of Chatter.

Some selected monthly meatballs from the sports stew of Sideline Chatter columns in 2013:

She’s no Lady Byng

January: Sophie Laboissonniere — previously voted Miss Congeniality at the Miss Coastal Vancouver beauty pageant — pleaded guilty to rioting after the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in the B.C. city.

No wonder she kept dropping her gloves during the evening-gown competition.

Bracing for a blitz

February: Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced that his team plans to erect a statue of polarizing linebacker Ray Lewis outside M&T Bank Stadium.

Local pigeons can’t wait to put a white suit on it.

Bonus Babies Dept.

March: And from the “Why, Of Course” File came word that Twins catcher Joe Mauer and his wife were expecting ... twins.

Guess it’s a good thing Joe didn’t catch the daddy bug when he played in Quad Cities.

No hot corner here

April: The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies played a baseball game in 28-degree weather in Denver on April 18.

How cold was it? All the players wore No. 99 in honor of Wayne Gretzky.

Poor Tom

May: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was $25,000 richer after Orb — sitting in 17th place at the three-quarters pole — roared back to win this year’s Kentucky Derby.

So that makes it three Super Bowl rings, a supermodel wife, a $57 million contract — and now a serendipitous Derby windfall. Just when is this poor guy going to catch a break?

Brushback guarantee

June: The Mariners’ 31st-round pick in this year’s baseball draft? Lefty pitcher Michaelangelo Guzman.

Giddy scouts say Michaelangelo is good at painting the corners and has a really high ceiling.

Save situation

July: Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins recorded two outs in a game before realizing his pants were unzipped.

Guess he’s not a big fan of the infield-fly rule.

Doggone shame

August: A zoo in Henan, China, got caught trying to pass off a dog as a lion.

Hey, don’t laugh — Matt Millen got away with it for years in Detroit.

Fleaing felon

September: Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez was fined $250 and sentenced to a year’s probation for mailing himself a package of marijuana addressed to his dog.

The pooch, apparently, wasn’t much of a retriever.

Call in the cavalry

October: Oddsmakers installed the high-flying Denver Broncos as a record 27-point favorite over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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

Fighting for equality

November: Another hockey brawl — this one a postgame affair after Bemidji State upset Ohio State 3-2 — resulted in an NCAA-record 303 penalty minutes and 19 game disqualifications.

Still not impressed? It was a WOMEN’S hockey game.

Gut-check time

December: Gushed Utah State football coach Matt Wells, in praise of running back Joey DeMartino: “The kid just oozes guts, and sometimes it’s not pretty.”

As an added note, the Aggies boast the only game films rated R for graphic violence. Can 2014 get here quickly enough?

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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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