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Upright Citizen Took Pole Position at His Wedding

March 10, 1997|SHAV GLICK

Damon Hill, the world Formula One champion, has had a lot of embarrassing moments in his career, most recently when the front wing of his Arrows fell off while he was testing at Silverstone in England. However, his worst moment came, he told The Times of London, at his wedding.

Sitting in the church on the front pew with his best man, Hill thought that he heard his wife-to-be, Georgie, coming in at the back, so he stood up. It was someone else, but Hill felt too sheepish to acknowledge his mistake and sit down again so he stayed bolt upright for 10 minutes, sweltering in his suit, until she arrived.

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Trivia time: What are the six California League teams in Southern California?

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Self discipline: Pro golfer Brad Faxon doesn't take missing the cut lightly.

After his PGA Tour-leading streak of making 25 consecutive cuts ended in Hawaii, Faxon climbed 35 flights of stairs to his room in the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower hotel.

"I didn't deserve to take the elevator," he said.

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He should know: New England Patriot linebacker Chris Slade, on the Green Bay Packers' MVP quarterback, Bret Favre: "He's like a linebacker playing quarterback. The more you hit him, the more confident he gets."

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Aging process: The signing of Eddie Johnson, 37, means the Houston Rockets will have eight players on their playoff roster 33 or older. "I always felt like one of the young guys," said Clyde Drexler, 34. "Now, I am one."

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Thin sledding: The tread depth of an Indy car tire is 3/32 inch--slightly thicker than a credit card.

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Oops!: Headline in the Arizona Republic during a National Hot Rod Assn. event at Firebird Raceway Park: "Mom, son fly in Top Fuel qualifying.'

"Mom" was Connie Kalitta, 59, father of fellow driver Scott Kalitta.

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Straight talk: From Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times: "If you're a parent who thinks it's cute for your child to dress up like Dennis [Rodman], you're stupid. If you're a hard core Bulls fan who thinks Rodman is the victim of persecution by the NBA, you're an idiot."

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Trivia answer: Bakersfield Blaze, High Desert Mavericks in Adelanto, Lake Elsinore Storm, Lancaster Jethawks, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and San Bernardino Stampede.

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Quotebook: Deion Sanders, on the difference between being a defensive back and a baseball player: "I'm 'Prime Time' in football. I'm Deion in baseball. Look, you've got to be that way in football. You've got to intimidate some people out there as a DB. But in baseball, that stuff doesn't work."

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And finally: Chicago fans who want to see the White Sox and Cubs in interleague play at Comiskey Park this season must buy a "4-Pack," which means that to get one ticket to the White Sox-Cubs, three more tickets to other White Sox games must be purchased.

"They're doing it to pay Albert Belle's contract," said a disgruntled Cub fan.

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