Sideline Chatter

What, golfer Fred Couples worry about the PGA’s upcoming ban on belly putters?

“I don’t think my stroke will be horrible,” the Seattle native told Golfweek magazine. “I’ll still miss 4-footers.”


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• At “Referee sheepishly picks up flag after angry glance from Peyton Manning.”

• At, after the Packers finally activated star QB Aaron Rodgers: “Bad news, Bears.”

No sale

Baltimore backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free-agent reliever Grant Balfour because:

a) Balfour flunked his physical;

b) The Orioles’ credit card got compromised at Target.

Deuces Wild Dept.

Anyone else out there perfectly nail the 22-2 halftime score in the Russell Athletic Bowl?

Not For Long league

Will it be buzzards or the Goodyear blimp flying overhead at Sunday’s Titans-Texans, Redskins-Giants and Vikings-Lions games?

“The stakes?” wrote Bill Simmons of “Put it this way: All six head coaches might be gone by Monday afternoon.”

On the Juggs gun

Florida police arrested Yasiel Puig for reckless driving, the Naples Daily News reported, after the Dodgers outfielder was reportedly clocked going 110 mph on a 70 mph freeway.

In keeping with his slugger’s persona, he offered to drive himself in.

Hitting close to home

“Sorry to learn former Baltimore Orioles star Paul Blair died Thursday,” wrote St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist — and ex-Twins pitcher — Charley Walters: “He hit 134 major-league home runs. I’ll take credit for one of those.”

Talko time

• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, after the Detroit Lions mailed out playoff tickets the same weekend they were eliminated from postseason contention: “Through force of habit, Lions coaches blamed it on ‘having a young team’ in the ticket office.”

• Rob Vanstone of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, on chain-smoking Tigers manager Jim Leyland calling it quits in October: “Actually, he three-packed it in.”

• South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, to reporters at the Capital One Bowl, after NFL-bound defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s two recent speeding tickets for a combined $800: “At least he’ll have enough money to pay for it in a week or so.”


Notre Dame suspended running back George Atkinson III from the Pinstripe Bowl for texting during a team meal, but the Irish easily beat Rutgers, anyway.

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