Lay off boos

Note to Brits: While our anthem plays, silence

when it's over, cheers, mates

The Flip Side

The Last Word

December 10, 2007

Welcome to Mr. Flip's Monday page. He is thrilled to bring The Flip Side here and honored by the opportunity to have - as it says across the top of this page - The Last Word. Because even once a week is a lot more often than he ever gets the last word with Mrs. Flip.

Oh, say, can you shut up?

Before Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton welterweight fight, the British fans who had come to Las Vegas to cheer on native son Hatton disrespected the "The Star-Spangled Banner." During the anthem, the Brits reportedly booed and whistled.

Mayweather defended American pride, however, by dealing Hatton his first defeat with a 10th-round knockout.

Let Mr. Flip suggest this: Before the next big bout in Vegas for a British boxer, play the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen."

Film clipping

Somehow, Mr. Flip missed this movie the first time around, but thanks to the Web, he has seen what must be the key scene from 1996's Reggie's Prayer.

Reggie White starred as a version of himself, an NFL player retiring from the league to coach troubled youths at an urban high school. The plot synopsis makes it sound inspirational, but the message couldn't have been more inspiring than the scene put up on YouTube featuring then-Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre as janitors.

Holmgren passes along a special play to White, something called "Left Coast Special." Favre doesn't have many lines, appearing to be playing a somewhat slow-witted character, but he displays the acting chops that would be so memorably in evidence just two years later in There's Something About Mary.

Trojan mom

Brynn Cameron is back on the court for the Southern California women's basketball team. She's not back in her usual hot-shooting form yet, but she's still getting more than her share of attention.

That's because Cameron has a 13-month-old son named Cole Cameron Leinart. The little boy is the son of former USC and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart. The relationship between mom and quarterback ended before Cole's birth and the two have had a few testy moments in public since the breakup, but things apparently have become much more amicable.

Leinart, who pays $15,000 a month in child support, said Cameron called him after he suffered a season-ending injury and "it was sweet and understanding," Leinart told The Los Angeles Times.

And Leinart said Cameron, though she's shooting 20 percent under her career average of 53 percent from three-point range, certainly will find her eye. "She's probably the best shooter in the country," Leinart said.

But would she be recognized as such if not for the high-profile motherhood?

"It's a darn shame ... that's what women's basketball has to do to get some publicity," USC coach Mark Trakh said.

Perhaps, but it's still better than commentary from Don Imus.

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who hopes he has made your Monday a little more bearable.

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