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Lions could get called on the carpet again

Detroit was winless last season and now one of its quarterbacks hurts himself at home by tripping on a floor covering.

September 02, 2009|Mike Penner

The Detroit Lions are 2-1 this preseason, but just in case their fans get their hopes up, quarterback Daunte Culpepper has brought everyone back to earth.

Culpepper hurt his foot by tripping over a carpet at his home, an injury that resulted in eight stitches. With the Lions' No. 3 quarterback Drew Stanton requiring an MRI exam for a swollen knee, rookie Matthew Stafford appears to be the last man standing.

Not so good news for Culpepper: The turf at Ford Field is artificial. That's a lot of very dangerous carpet.

Trivia time

Which professional sports team was the first to use Astroturf at its home stadium?

They claim that it's 'game-used'

Conclusive proof that people will buy almost anything related to their favorite team, a sports bar owner in Minnesota paid $750 for the "The Original Whizzinator" made famous by the Vikings' Onterrio Smith.

The Whizzinator is a urine-storing device that enables the user to cheat on a urine test. Smith was caught with the device at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2005.

Matt Little, owner of Buster's Sports Bar & Grill in Mankato, was the winning bidder. He plans to display the Whizzinator in a glass case next to jerseys of the Vikings' Adrian Peterson and the Twins' Justin Morneau. He also wants to reunite the Whizzinator with its most famous user.

"I got a guy who knows Onterrio, so we want to do a reunion," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "How classic would that be?"

All atwitter

A couple of recent Twitter feeds: From "Late Show" writer Eric Stangel: "Pacman Jones to play football in Canada. Smart move -- he gets more for his money when he wants to 'make it rain.' " From Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco: "Well there won't be any tweeting during the game, o well, plan B: anybody have info on how to get in touch with a Mariachi Band?"

Trivia answer

The Houston Astros in 1966.

And finally

Oklahoma State football Coach Mike Gundy, to the Oklahoman newspaper, about the distractions facing his players: "You've got 19,000 students here. You've got a lot of cute girls out there. There's a lot of things going on. Guys have to focus. We're trying to reel them in. There's a lot of distractions right now. Because we can't keep them in camp. They're out there on campus."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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