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Originally published June 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM | Page modified June 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

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Sun rises in the east, but wins happen in the west

Non-Eastern cities are the reigning champions.


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Somewhere, Horace Greeley has his pom-poms out.

Non-Eastern cities are the reigning champions in the NFL (Seattle Seahawks), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and NHL (Los Angeles Kings).

“And since the Giants and A’s have the best records in baseball,” pointed out Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, “2014 could feature champs located west of the Mississippi in all four major sports. By my calculation that’s only happened once before, in 1985 (Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Royals and Edmonton Oilers).

“What East Coast bias?”

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Wiser, more mature LeBron announces 2014 ‘Decision’ special will be just 30 minutes.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Jurgen Klinsmann ends moving pregame speech with ‘We’re probably going to lose, though.’ ”

Throne for a loss

A’s pitcher Drew Pomeranz landed on the 15-day disabled list after he broke his right hand — from punching a chair in frustration.

Clint Eastwood couldn’t be reached for comment.

Blame it on Ginobili

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, proving once again that old habits are tough to break, just fined two Brazilian soccer players for flopping.

Good news or bad?

Dateline Pinehurst, N.C.: Agent says Tiger Woods is nearly swinging like his old self again.

Attention, cycling buffs

The World Naked Bike Ride was held last week in Portland. Just think of it as The Chafe for the Cup.

Names in the game

Competitive eater Ric Best’s stage moniker, in case it ever comes up when you’re on “Jeopardy!”, is King Hungry VIII.

Talking the talk

• Jeremy Sale, in Golf Canada magazine, on euphemisms that never caught on: “20th hole: The doghouse in which you find yourself when you have arrived home late from the 19th hole.”

• Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes, to MLB.com, after hitting his second home run of the season — both inside-the-parkers: “I’d really like to hit one out so I can just jog ... I always make it hard on myself.”

• Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, via Facebook, on the two most powerful people in sports: “V. Stiviano and whoever runs the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.”

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after a Royals ball boy fielded a fair ball and threw it to a fan: “The next day, he became the first ball boy ever optioned to Omaha.”

Not so fast there

The latest critter to make World Cup predictions? A psychic tortoise.

To no one’s surprise, it’s Brazil by a hare.

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.
dperry@seattletimes.com | 206-464-8250

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