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Which made it even more surprising when he got into a fight against the Colts in Indianapolis last season. Bubba says Jim Mills, a tackle, grabbed him by the face mask, so he stuck a finger in Mills's eye. The Colts say Bubba started it. Mike Humiston, a linebacker, rushed to Mills's rescue. He got a finger in the eye, too.
"I don't think they were aware of the fact that I was an avid Three Stooges watcher as a kid," Bubba says.
"What do you mean, 'as a kid'?" his wife says.
"O.K., O.K., I like to watch them. The point is this. You're either gonna like me because I'm fun or dislike me because I talk too much. I can't help it. I got it from my mother."
Ernestine Newsom, who remarried after the death of Bubba's father 24 years ago, came to Newark from Jacksonville, where she was known as The Dog Lady. She had 33 of them.
"I had a wine and beer garden," she says. "One of my customers gave me a she dog, and it had puppies, and the puppies had puppies."
Mrs. Newsom was known for other things besides her dogs. She had extraordinary luck when it came to playing the numbers. "I hit for $15,000," she says, "and would you believe it, I hit the same number  again for $10,000."
Bubba, who had been an unlikely looking football prospect from the start, needed more than luck to get him started. "Fat, not very tough, you could say I was a punk," he says. "I was built funny...thin upper body, big butt, small lower legs and fat thighs that bumped into each other when I walked. I'd wear those corduroy pants that would make noises, wheet, wheet, like that.
"When I was in the eighth grade, my mother made me a lavender and black suit, one side was lavender, the other side black. You needed batteries to keep it going. The name of the suit, get this, was a clown suit.
"My real game was basketball. I had moves. I could always move my feet. My claim to fame was hearing guys say, 'Boy, he's sweet for a fat guy. He can really play for a fat guy.' I considered myself the greatest fat guy in Newark, a fat George Gervin."