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Strange Days, Strange Plays
KEVIN KERR
December 27, 2010
Paris Hilton on steroids, a game ball for Mom and Twitter trash talk with God: taking stock of a year's sporting absurdities
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December 27, 2010

Strange Days, Strange Plays

Paris Hilton on steroids, a game ball for Mom and Twitter trash talk with God: taking stock of a year's sporting absurdities

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Yet Not a Word About Bill Russell's Perfect Game

In a public ceremony Boston mayor Thomas Menino honored local athletes, among them that famed hero of the 2002 Super Bowl--winning Patriots: "Varitek splitting the uprights."

Mom, This One's for You

Twins outfielder Denard Span's mother was seated in the stands at a spring training game when her son laced a line drive into the crowd that struck her in the chest.

His Impact on Fans Continued Well into the 21st Century

A fan at a Blue Jays game was struck by a two-foot-high metal letter B that had fallen 30 feet after being hit by a foul ball. The B, on the facing of the third deck at the Rogers Centre, was part of a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Medical Treatment Marches On

Ex--Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon told the Chicago Tribune his memory had blank spots and lamented the lack of attention paid to concussions when he played in the '80s. "Back then, it was just tape an aspirin to your helmet and you got back in."

A Supposedly Fun Idea That Will Now Become a Tip of The Cap and a Careful Descent Into the Dugout

After hitting a walk-off grand slam on May 29, Kendry Morales of the Angels took a celebratory jump into a crowd of teammates at home plate and landed with a broken leg that ended his season.

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