Add this to list of bizarre spring-training injuries
The Seattle Times
Talk about being put out at home.
Angels third baseman Ian Stewart added to baseball’s litany of bizarre injuries when he sat out a spring-training game last week because of a bruised nose.
Seems he was putting his 4-year-old daughter to bed — and she head-butted him.
• At TheFakeESPN.com: “Peyton Manning passes neck exam right into Kam Chancellor’s hands.”
• At SportsPickle.com: “Report: Packers not looking to trade or cut Aaron Rodgers.”
Going, going, gone
Hitting one into the hole, you have to figure, is a huge no-no for baseball players at Grand Canyon University.
Iditarod racer Scott Janssen — who all in the same day crashed his sled, KO’d himself on a tree trunk and broke an ankle chasing an errant dog across slippery ice — answers to the nickname of:
a) The Mushing Mortician
Hockey 1, Baseball 0
“Detroit Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson lost two teeth, plucked ‘em off the ice, took the teeth to the bench and did not miss a shift,” noted Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald.
“And in baseball news, Oakland’s Drew Pomeranz missed the first day of spring training with an ingrown leg hair.”
It’s not showtime
“The Walking Dead” is a TV series based on:
a) a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies
b) this year’s L.A. Lakers
• Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on “Duck Dynasty” becoming the Independence Bowl’s new name sponsor: “Because it wasn’t bad enough your team was relegated to playing in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.”
• Hawaii basketball coach Gib Arnold, to ESPN, after a UC Santa Barbara fan ran across the court to confront him during a game: “You can’t control crazy. That’s why they’re crazy.”
• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on how you can tell the Philadelphia 76ers are having a bad season: “Fans still wave foam fingers, but they’re a different finger.”
• Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, on hackneyed hoops lingo: “ ‘Score the basketball’ is ridiculous, which is why the phrase spread like a juicy rumor in a coed dorm.”
Watch your step
A soccer match in Argentina was delayed when a dog ran onto the field to do his business.
Bet there weren’t many takers when the coach suddenly asked, “So, who wants to play sweeper?”
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