Ryan Tunnicliffe's career could pay off big time for his soccer dad.

Showing confidence in his kid? You bet.

British soccer dad Mick Tunnicliffe pocketed $16,234 when son prodigy Ryan, 19, appeared as a 76th-minute replacement for Manchester United, and all because dad had the foresight to place a 100-pound wager on it happening — at 100-to-1 odds — 10 years ago.

And if you think pops is smiling now, get this: The London Daily Mail reports Mick has another 100-pound bet on the books at William Hill that Ryan will one day play for England’s national team.

At odds of 350-to-1.

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• At TheOnion.com: “Man in office softball league knows how many career home runs he has.”

• At SportsPickle.com: “New Cleveland Browns owner wondering what the return policy is.”

Dirty bird

A Rhode Island homeowner might be in violation of local noise ordinances for teaching her pet cockatoo to curse.

Apparently they’ve been watching a lot of Red Sox games.

Or the

Big Least

“Conference USA is so bad it still has five winless teams,” wrote Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel before this weekend’s games. “I’m thinking the league should change its name to Conference MIA.”

Road trip

The Los Angeles City Council approved plans for a $1.2 billion downtown stadium Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to return an NFL team to the city after a 17-year absence.

Simply out of habit, 50 moving vans in Oakland immediately began jostling for position out front of Raiders headquarters.

Talko time

• Ian Hamilton of the Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post, after Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton missed five games with drying corneas due to excessive caffeine: “Which Hamilton blamed on his at-bats against relievers Phil Coke and Todd Coffey.”

• Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, after Brandt Snedeker pocketed $11.44 million for winning the PGA Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup: “Heck, some Yankees have to work an entire season to make that much.”

• CBS baseball analyst Jon Heyman, via Twitter, with a rival team executive’s take on the Dodgers: “They are a fortune 500 team. They spent a fortune to play .500.”

Upon further review

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb’s wife gave birth to their third child last week, an 8-pound, 11-ounce boy.

To no one’s surprise, replacement officials initially ruled it a girl.

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