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Jeff George thinks he can still play

The former NFL quarterback says the league lacks quality quarterbacks and it would be 'wonderful' to have a shot.

July 28, 2009|Mike Penner

In case this Brett Favre thing doesn't work out for the Minnesota Vikings, or Matthew Stafford doesn't pan out with the Detroit Lions, Jeff George has a suggestion for a possible replacement: Jeff George.

"I feel like I can still play, and if there's someone out there to give me a shot, that would be wonderful," George told IlliniHQ.com.

"You look throughout the league, you see 20 teams that need quarterbacks, 20 teams need starters and probably everybody needs a backup. In my opinion, there's just not a lot of quality quarterbacks out there these days."

And George, who hasn't played a regular-season down for an NFL team since 2001, is looking to add one more name to that list.

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Trivia time

In 1964, one of the famous baseball-playing Alou brothers went six for six against the Chicago Cubs. Which brother was it, and what made his feat remarkable?

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Back to basketball origins

Here are a couple of observations from Conan O'Brien.

On Kobe Bryant visiting China: Bryant "ran a basketball clinic for a group of young fans. Kobe says there's nothing like the thrill of passing a basketball to those who made it, and thanks for the sneakers too."

On Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who threw a perfect game last week: "Afterwards, he had a five-minute phone conversation with President Obama, which was very cool. Meanwhile, the losing pitcher got a two-hour phone call from Joe Biden. That's the punishment."

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Alive and kicking

Myth: Americans will never warm up to soccer.

Truth: Americans will pay to watch the best of anything, including and especially soccer.

English Premier League club Chelsea drew an average crowd of 68,736 for its four-game U.S. tour. According to Chelsea, the total attendance of 274,945 is a record for a four-match foreign soccer tour in the U.S.

This Saturday, the Galaxy plays UEFA Champions League titlist Barcelona at the Rose Bowl. Question: If David Beckham goes into the stands after a heckling fan, does that count toward total game attendance?

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Trivia answer

Playing for the San Francisco Giants, Jesus Alou had hits against six different Cubs pitchers in a game on July 10, 1964.

(Question and answer provided by reader Jeff Vitucci of Santa Barbara.)

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And finally

Jim Rice's long wait finally ended Sunday when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Former Boston Red Sox teammate Carlton Fisk told Newsday: "I wonder why it took so long. His game hasn't changed much in the last 15 years."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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