This bet stinksNow, for the obligatory story about the...

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October 10, 1991

This bet stinks

Now, for the obligatory story about the obligatory bebetween politicians in cities whose teams are involved in postseason play:

Pittsburgh councilmen Bernard "Baldy" Regan and Duane Darkins have wagered a day on a garbage truck that the Pirates will beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League playoffs.

If the Braves win, Regan and Darkins will spend a day picking up Atlanta garbage. If the Pirates win, Atlanta Councilman Bill Campbell will do the dirty work in Pittsburgh.

Politicians and garbage . . . nah, it's too obvious. Make up your own punch line.

Rhyme time

Don Johnson, an English professor at East Tennessee State, has edited a collection of poems titled, "Hummers, Knucklers and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems." The book includes 84 baseball-related poems by 57 American poets.

Said Johnson: "More than any other sport, baseball belongs to the poets. It is a slow enough game that it can be observed carefully. And it has a pastoral innocence about it."

"Pastoral innocence," huh? Must not be any poems about the Metrodome or SkyDome, then.

The quote

University of Houston wide receiver Torrin Polk, on coach John Jenkins: "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings."

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