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Originally published Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:37 PM

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Beware the middle seat

Bet their fellow passengers won’t ever complain about crying babies again. Conditions were no doubt cramped aboard a small plane on a 153-mile flight from Itami to Okinoshima when these guys came aboard: 29 sumo wrestlers from Tokyo’s Hakkaku stable, on their way to training camp.


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Bet their fellow passengers won’t ever complain about crying babies again.

Conditions were no doubt cramped aboard a small plane on a 153-mile flight from Itami to Okinoshima when these guys came aboard: 29 sumo wrestlers from Tokyo’s Hakkaku stable, on their way to training camp.

Watch your steps

A company in India has come up with a “smart shoe” that tracks your footsteps with the help of Google Maps.

Which means we just might witness the first traveling call in NBA history.

Sports quiz I

The boxing bloodshed the American public would pay just about anything to see is:

a) Floyd Mayweather going toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiáo

b) Orlando Bloom clocking Justin Bieber

Sports quiz II

ESPN punished “First Take” talking head Stephen A. Smith for his off-base comments about domestic violence by:

a) Suspending him for a week

b) Making him watch all his pre-Super Bowl comments, insinuating that anyone who thought the Seahawks could beat the Broncos is a moron

Hey, don’t laugh

Turkey’s deputy prime minister says women should not laugh out loud in public.

Which pretty much rules out the Milwaukee Bucks moving their training camp to Istanbul.

Pardon my French

Bengals cornerback Terence Newman invited a homeless man to lunch, then ate some of the guy’s French fries, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported.

“At least that’s progress,” wrote Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Ten years ago, a Bengals player would have robbed and shot the homeless guy.”

Quote marks

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, trying to put a positive spin on Raiders cheerleaders making just minimum wage, even after a pay increase: “With those uniforms, the cheerleaders only need a $1.79-per-season clothing allowance.”

• Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on Oregon QB Marcus Mariota’s course load this fall — golf and yoga: “He’s in the wrong conference — that’s All-Academic SEC.”

Oregon Ducks love it

A 30-inch pipe broke near the UCLA campus Wednesday, drowning the Pauley Pavilion hardwood beneath a 10-inch flood.

And in other Bruins news, basketball coach Steve Alford is now known as The Wizard of Water Polo.

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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