Who says the National Football League doesn't promote player posturing and trash-talking? According to the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco 49ers acknowledged local winners of...

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Who says the National Football League doesn’t promote player posturing and trash-talking?


According to the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco 49ers acknowledged local winners of the NFL skills competition on their scoreboard’s big screen under this heading: “Punk, Pass & Kick.”


Bonds away


Thoughts to ponder while Barry Bonds awaits the BALCO “cream” that will “clear” his name:


• Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune: “As this scandal heats up, I expect the 2005 Most Valuable Player’s home-run total to be around, oh, 19.”


• Times reader Michael Marchand of Bellevue: “Ken Caminiti? Jason Giambi? Barry Bonds? I wonder if Bud Selig and MLB will be looking into renaming the MVP award to reflect ‘Most Valuable Prescription.’ “


• Dan Daly of the Washington Times, on Bonds giving his “personal weight trainer” a $20,000 bonus after his record 73-HR season: “Barry must be a pretty lousy tipper to pay his trainer only $273.97 a round-tripper.”


Hoops by the hour


The Guinness Book of World Records has certified a 30-hour, 12-minute game played at Beatrice (Neb.) High School on Aug. 6-7 as the longest basketball game in history.


The decision stood despite the protests of Washington State players, who insisted that Saturday’s 81-29 loss at Oklahoma State had to have been even longer than that.


Spare the Rod Dept.


“Now that Alex Rodriguez is a father,” wrote Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, “should he be called ‘A-Dad’?”


Talking the talk


• Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, on renewed NHL labor talks: “Last time the two sides talked, the Yankees were about to finish off the Red Sox.”


• Dan Daly of the Washington Times, on the Red Sox voting Nomar Garciaparra three-fourths of a World Series share: “They would have given him more, I’m told, but he wasn’t traded early enough in the season.”


Smell of success


The Cleveland Indians announced that their Class A farm team in Niles, Ohio, will be managed in 2005 by Rouglas Odor.


The Scrappers, we assume, will lead the league in whiffs.


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