Bolivia's president elects to kick

The Flip Side

The Kickoff

September 25, 2006

When you're the president, you do get certain advantages.

Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, is an avid soccer player. He recently played in a match against other politicians and scored on a penalty kick in his team's 5-0 victory.

Morales' side did have somewhat of an edge - his team included members of his security detail and retired players from Bolivia's 1994 World Cup squad.

Morales tried to get some other South American presidents to play - Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Nestor Kirchner of Argentina - but they all declined.

Then again, Mr. Flip could have told Bolivian officials they would have a devil of a time getting Chavez.

Oh, that's rich

The Forbes 400 list of the country's richest individuals includes many team owners, including Micky Arison (Miami Heat) at No. 48 with a net worth of $5.0 billion and Bill Davidson (Detroit Pistons and Tampa Bay Lightning) at No. 64 with $4.0 billion.

And if Steve Bisciotti was unhappy with his Ravens' performance yesterday, the owner can take solace in being at No. 354 and being worth $1.1 billion.

Short notice

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times comes this small fact: The shortest player in NFL history was Jack "Soapy" Shapiro, at 5 feet, 1/2 inch. In his only game, in 1929, he appeared as a blocking back for the Staten Island Stapletons in a 34-0 victory over the Minneapolis Red Jackets.

With a nickname like that, Mr. Flip can only assume that Shapiro was a clean player.

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who proudly stands several inches taller than Soapy.

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