Who says third-division soccer is small potatoes? Farmer fans of Croatia's Nedeljanec FC rounded up six tons of spuds for the team to sell to bolster its bid to win a league championship...

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Who says third-division soccer is small potatoes?


Farmer fans of Croatia’s Nedeljanec FC rounded up six tons of spuds for the team to sell to bolster its bid to win a league championship and earn promotion to the second division next season.


As Ivan Fosnar, manager of the Nedeljanec FC fan club, told the Jutarnji List newspaper: “No one here has much money, but we have lots of potatoes to sell. It is not a problem to donate these potatoes if that will be enough to save the club.”


That remains to be seen. Team accountants, we hear, are still mashing the numbers.


Dome Sweet Dome


The Toronto Blue Jays have purchased the SkyDome for $25 million Canadian — just a fraction of the $580 million it cost to complete in 1989.


Realizing that an investment of such plummeted value deserves a more contemporary identity, the Jays are reportedly considering a name change to “GiambiDome.”


Starving Artest


Sounds like Ron Artest needed even more than a month off to promote Allure’s “Chapter III” CD on his TruWarier label.


The Detroit Free Press, citing SoundScan figures, reported that 14,000 outlets nationwide had sold only 800 copies as of last Friday.


Hey, bidder, bidder


Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune couldn’t help but notice that a Babe Ruth bat was recently auctioned for $1.265 million — the same price that a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card once fetched.


“I am so angry,” Downey wrote. “This is the second time I have been burned by making a bid of only $1.264 million.”


Ringing endorsement


If heavyweight fighter DaVarryl Williamson’s weight ever balloons into, say, Butterbean Esch territory, Jack Finarelli of sportscurmudgeon.com has his ring-entrance song all cued up:


“Roll out DaVarryl.”


Talking the talk


• Broadcaster Dick Enberg, in his new autobiography, recalling his first television assignment in L.A. in 1963 — a USC-UCLA water-polo match: “I didn’t know one thing about the sport. I used to wonder how they got the horses in the pool.”


• NBC’s Jay Leno, on the Lakers’ loss to the Chicago Bulls: “That’s like losing to Jessica Simpson in ‘Jeopardy!’ “


• Headline at borowitzreport.com: “Fearing attacks by athletes, fans take steroids.”


• Bud Geracie of the San Jose Mercury News, anticipating next season’s signature home-run call, sponsored by BALCO: “Bonds creams it, and it clears the fence.”


• Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel, with a Christmas wish list for NBA season-ticket holders: “1, seat cushions. 2, opera glasses. 3, headgear.”


Beware of potholes


NFL cartographers, still trying to pinpoint whether the road to the NFC West championship runs through Seattle or St. Louis, instead stumbled upon an amazing discovery:


The road to mediocrity — Route 6-6 — goes right through both of them.


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