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It doesn't take horse sense to know it comes with the name

You know, the New York athlete who consistently comes up empty in October and has done nothing of note for months while hoping to regain his old form.

But enough about A Rod, the five-year-old Thoroughbred, who has never been better than sixth in October and is winless in 18 months.

Fantasy workouts

Just finished a grueling week of OTAs, yet there are still question marks.

Like: do I take a quarterback or a running back first, and which kicker should I draft in the 12th round?

Forgive and (never) forget

Further proof that failures in the Big Apple are not soon forgotten.

Although Oliver Perez has been a reliable reliever the past two seasons, he still can't quite escape his flameout with the New York Mets.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan, after writing that Perez is suddenly a hot commodity:

"You're saying Oliver Perez is a commodity? That a team out there not only would actively pursue a trade for Oliver Perez but give up a prospect for Oliver Perez? Of all the signs of the apocalypse, all the portents that society is indeed in a state of irreparable decay, Oliver Perez -- Oliver Perez! -- is a trade-deadline prize."

Kid's play

Speaking of signs of the apocalypse, how about this headline on Yahoo Sports' website.

"Dwyane Wade's son Zaire is one of the nation's top fifth grade basketball prospects."

No truth to the rumour that Zaire has signed a letter of intent with Kentucky.

Just wondering

Why do golf announcers always say, "That was a great golf shot" when you never hear "That was a great football tackle" or "That was a great baseball triple"?

Say what?

-- Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel on the third member of the Miami Heat's Big Three: "Can you imagine making hundreds of millions of dollars just for driving to the convenience store and buying a ticket? That's almost as impressive as Chris Bosh, who makes hundreds of millions of dollars just for standing around and watching LeBron do all the work."

-- Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops (B.C.) Daily News: "There may be no truth to the rumour that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is prepared to leave for Boston where he would coach the Celtics and be Boston Pops."

-- Brad Rock of the Deseret News, on the Los Angeles Clippers getting rid of coach Vinny Del Negro: "Sources say the ownership liked his style, but felt he had violated a time-honoured Clippers tradition of finishing last and losing 50-plus games per year."

-- The Seattle Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 30, 2013 b8

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