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Hold the Pickles, Hold the Onions; Hold Everything!

October 20, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

Edmonton Oiler rookie Tom Poti has so many allergies the Oilers have made up a list to give cooks for pregame meals on the road.

He can't eat peanuts, chocolate, cheese, tomatoes, strawberries, fish, yogurt, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate and most cooking oils, or drink beer or wine.

His basic menu: steak, chicken, baked potatoes, rice, bread, vanilla ice cream and Wheaties, but only with bananas.

What? No Cap 'n Crunch?

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Trivia time: Which school holds the Pacific 10 Conference football record for most consecutive games without defeat, including ties?

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Tuning out Tim: Steve Rosenbloom in the Chicago Tribune: "The Fox network says it practically has sold out its ad slots for the World Series. Expect some lengthy commercial breaks as Fox tries to get maximum bang out of its baseball buck.

"But look on the bright side: More commercials means less Tim McCarver."

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Right on! From David Letterman's top 10 baseball season highlights: "The Yankees give George Steinbrenner 114 reasons to shut up."

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Fed up: From Jay Leno: "Native Americans once again are calling for the Washington Redskins to change their name. It has nothing to do with racial insensitivity. They say the team just sucks."

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Ho hum: Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Brave fans have earned the right to be blase.

"Those San Diego people can get worked up once every 14 years and then go back to worshiping the Weather Channel," he writes.

Beats the humidity of the South, Steve.

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Make up your mind: San Diego Padre announcer Jerry Coleman after the Padres had beaten the Astros to win the division series: "So the Padres win the Eastern Division, er, Central Division title, whatever you want to call it. Geez, I'm so excited."

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Celebration: Headline in the New York Post after the Yankees had eliminated Cleveland to advance to the World Series and popped champagne: "Damp Yankees."

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Life isn't fair: Carolina Panther linebacker Micheal Barrow, on thinking you're prepared and then playing on an 0-6 team:

"It's the feeling you have when your mom takes you to karate practice, and then you go to school and take on the bully, and he still slaps you and takes your lunch money."

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Trivia answer: California, 50; 1920-25, 46-0-4.

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Looking back: On this day in 1990, the Cincinnati Reds completed one of the biggest upsets in baseball history, beating the Oakland Athletics, 2-1, and winning the World Series in four games.

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And finally: Said defensive back Jason Sehorn, a former Trojan sitting out the season because of a knee injury, as he watched his New York Giant teammates celebrate their 34-7 victory over Arizona on Sunday: "I am out of the loop. I am not a part of that anymore."

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