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Originally published August 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM | Page modified August 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

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Hate to burst his bubble, but Johnny was left out

Among the hundreds of prop-bet odds available at Vegas sportsbooks:200-1: That Seahawks or Broncos will finish with the league’s worst record.


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Among the hundreds of prop-bet odds available at Vegas sportsbooks:

200-1: That Seahawks or Broncos will finish with the league’s worst record.

7-2: That Peyton Manning repeats as league MVP.

3-1: That Dallas’ Jason Garrett is the first coach fired.

Somehow not making the list:

1-2: That Johnny Manziel becomes the first QB to throw a TD pass with a lampshade on his head.

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Reports: NBC planning to cut Cris Collinsworth after poor preseason performance.”

• At Fark.com: “Randy Johnson is selling his 25,000-square-foot home. That’s one big unit.”

Stat of the Week

For the past 11 seasons, at least one NFL team has gone from worst to first in its division.

So who will it be this year — the 2-14 Texans, perhaps?

Ear, ear

Blue-chip running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of ex-boxer Evander Holyfield, was a tough guy to tackle Friday night, scoring seven touchdowns in Woodward (Ga.) Academy’s 45-13 win over Decatur.

Apparently his coaches, wanting to take no chances, told him the other team’s nose tackle was Mike Tyson Jr.

Far-out debut

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, who hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat, added two more in his third game, leaving him with a gaudy 1.545 slugging percentage.

(Readers: Insert your own “Soler power” punchline here.)

Something’s amiss

Finland’s national basketball team missed 19 straight shots in a 114-55 loss to the United States on Saturday.

On the plus side, three players were immediately snapped up by the Washington Generals.

Yo, Demaryius Thomas

The most dangerous intersection in America is in Bensalem, Pa., where Knights Road meets Street Road, according to Time.com.

Try telling that to NFL receivers trying to cross in front of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

Talko time

• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, after USC athletic director Pat Haden said they vetted cornerback Josh Shaw’s bogus rescue story 12 times: “Who was in charge of the investigation, O.J. Simpson? And is he still looking for the real hero?”

• Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, on struggling Tiger Woods firing his third swing coach, Sean Foley: “In golf terms that is known as firing the dance instructor on the Titanic.”

• Blogger TC Chong, putting Peyton Manning’s $8,268 fine for taunting in perspective: “636½ large Papa John’s pizzas.”

• Blogger Gregg Drinnan, after the Tigers handed out 10,000 Miguel Cabrera bobbleheads of him holding up National League MVP awards: “At least they didn’t call him Melky.”

All bets are off

Three iconic casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. — the Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza — are scheduled to close in the next 2½ weeks.

So when did Charles Barkley and John Daly decide to quit gambling?

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com



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