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Also, timing is everything in NBA players' potential boycott

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 2:05 am

California Chrome's bid for horse racing's Triple Crown is secure now that he has been approved to wear the nasal strip he sported in winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. As an added bonus, he's about to sign multi-year sponsorship deals with Breathe Right and Claritin-D.

Timing is everything

Word has it that NBA players could end up boycotting early next season if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Secret negotiations are underway to limit the boycott to the first three quarters of every game so most fans won't notice the difference.

Pretzel warmers anyone?

Owners of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, are auctioning off everything inside the stadium, including pretzel warmers, a boxing ring and scoreboards. The Lions are not part of the deal because items must be worth a minimum of $5.

Some gold standards

A gold pocket watch once owned by Babe Ruth sold for more than $650,000 in a California auction. No word on how well the watch works, but it does point to the centerfield fence twice a day.

Meanwhile, a member of the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team, Mark Pavelich, sold his gold medal at an auction in Dallas for $262,900. They're calling it the “Miracle of Price.”

That's not a selfie

The Chicago Cubs must replace a photograph on a mural commemorating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. They realized a 1927 shot of late aviator Charles Lindbergh was actually taken at Comiskey Park, the now defunct former home of the White Sox. It wouldn't have been so bad if the Cubs hadn't mistaken Lindbergh for Ron Santo.

When will the Irsay fans step up?

Buffalo Bills fan Jack Meredith got a tattoo of late owner Ralph Wilson Jr.'s face on his right arm. “Some people think I'm crazy,” Meredith said. His family is simply very thankful he's not a Clippers fan.

Location, location, location

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has told the team he will become an unrestricted free agent after last season and does not want to stay in Minnesota. He wants to go to a winning franchise. The Timberwolves have finally learned that money can't buy them Love.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at