Driver Said injects some levity into prison visit

The Flip Side

July 02, 2005

NASCAR driver Boris Said took a tour of San Quentin State Prison before last Sunday's Nextel Cup race a bit farther north in Sonoma, Calif.

It was his third such tour in three years, which brought up a memory from 2003. Just for kicks, Said relaxed on the lethal injection table.

"I don't think the guards liked what I did," Said said.

After the guards "stopped yelling at me," one told him, Said said, " `That was the first time I've seen someone rise from that table.' "

Mr. Flip loves writing "Said said." It reminds him of the 1980s pop rockers Mr. Mister.

Like Said, pro angler Aaron Martens is a prankster. He's among the favorites in the upcoming Bassmasters Classic but apparently is too experienced to have butterflies.

But moths are a different story. His mother, Carol Martens, told Inside BASS:

"He was always into nature, anywhere he went. He went to a party and came up and said hello to everybody. When he did, about five moths flew out of his mouth. He used to put stuff in his mouth and go freak everybody out."

Casey Stengel, traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in January 1918, made his return to Ebbets Field memorable.

In his first at-bat, Stengel called time, stepped out of the batter's box and doffed his cap. A sparrow flew out.

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