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Jackson's big day finished a bit short

September 18, 2008|Grahame L. Jones | Times Staff Writer

All in all, it was an interesting evening for Philadelphia and former California receiver DeSean Jackson.

His six catches for 110 yards during the Eagles' 41-37 Monday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium made him only the second player in NFL history to start his career with consecutive 100-yard games. Another Eagle, Dan Looney, was the first, in 1940.

Less memorable, from Jackson's standpoint, was his celebratory flip of the ball after a 61-yard reception when he thought he had crossed into the end zone. He hadn't, and the ball was spotted at the one.

It was almost deja vu.

In a 2005 high school all-star game, the Associated Press recalled, Jackson "spread his arms for a swan dive into the end zone only to land at the one."

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 44 words Type of Material: Correction
Morning Briefing: An item in Thursday's Sports section about DeSean Jackson, who became the second player in NFL history to start his career with consecutive 100-yard games, misstated the name of the first player to do so. It was Don Looney, not Dan Looney.

Trivia time

What is the nickname of Sebastian Vettel, who on Sunday became the youngest Formula One winner in history when he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza?

In the rough

The groundskeepers at Reiting Golf Club near Graz in Austria did a fine job of covering the course with fertilizer.

"Our workers did not leave out a spot," said Anita Mikesch, the club president. "They worked very carefully."

Pity those ordering the fertilizer "Kick" failed to realize that they instead had taken delivery of the industrial-strength pesticide "Click."

The grass died. The course closed. It will cost $700,000 to fix.


Kimbo Slice told ESPN's Dan Le Batard that he has come a long way in the mixed martial arts fight game.

"I'm not a one-dimensional fighter anymore," he said. "I used to have just a hammer. But now I've got a hammer, a tape measure, a screwdriver, a glue gun. Now I've got some tools in the belt."

Always handy when there are screws loose.

Wrong move

In a column on Roger Federer, the Sydney Morning Herald's Richard Hinds managed to work in a reference to Ian Baker-Finch, who won a British Open and then went into a tailspin after tinkering with his technique.

"IBF believed he needed to hit the ball longer," Hinds wrote. "Instead, he finished up hitting it more often."

Trivia answer

Vettel, 21, is known as "Baby-Schumi" after his fellow German and friend, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

And finally

From "New York Mets will bring their 9-foot Shea Stadium apple with them when they move into their new stadium so they can continue choking on the giant seeds."


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