We're No. 1 again! (Sort of.) With just one championship — the NBA Sonics in 1979 — to show for 111 combined MLB, NFL and NBA...
We’re No. 1 again! (Sort of.)
With just one championship — the NBA Sonics in 1979 — to show for 111 combined MLB, NFL and NBA seasons (NHL was also included), Seattle beat out Atlanta for the distinction of America’s most miserable sports city for the third year in a row, in the estimation of Forbes magazine.
Phoenix, Buffalo and San Diego came in 3-4-5.
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• At SportsPickle.com: “Kicker runs a 4.2 away from lineman trying to give him a wedgie at the NFL combine.”
• At eTrueSports.com: “Iran claims Olympic logo looks like five bagels.”
And from the Kids Shouldn’t Emulate The Pros file comes word that a high-school wrestler from Apple Valley (Minn.) High School has been charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for going on a post-match tirade and hitting another competitor in the head.
With a chair.
The posts and net into which Sidney Crosby scored to give Canada the 2010 Olympic gold medal is on the auction block this month. Just imagine explaining your winning bid to your spouse.
“That’s not a hockey goal on our wall, honey. Just think of it as a Canadian dream-catcher.”
Grab a No. 2 pencil
Current-events quiz question, courtesy of Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press:
Whose season seems most likely to be canceled by a lockout next season?
a) The NFL.
b) The NBA.
c) “Two and a Half Men.”
It has its perks
The Cubs posted a want-ad on CareerBuilders.com for a new public-address announcer.
“You must be able to say ‘Cubs lose’ with the right mixture of empathy and resignation,” wrote Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel. “But the best part of the job is you never have to work in October.”
Talking the talk
• Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, after Carmelo Anthony finally got his way and was traded to the Knicks: “Sometimes it’s best to give the baby his bottle.”
• Budd Bailey of the Buffalo News, on speedskater Apolo Ohno’s plans to run in this year’s New York City Marathon: “The prohibitive favorite, if there’s an ice storm.”
• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on the Mets going to new signs this season: “For ‘steal,’ the third-base coach will hold up a picture of Bernie Madoff.”
• Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, on John Wooden’s great-grandson, Tyler Trapani, scoring the last basket at Pauley Pavilion before the arena shuts down for renovations: “Now that’s a Hollywood ending.”
He’ll stand for this
Former coach Bob Knight is among those headed into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
For obvious reasons, this year’s induction ceremony is standing-room only.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org