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Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

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(I’m open to suggestions.)

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Just wondering: If NBA ref Tim Donaghy is found guilty of fixing games, is it a shooting or non-shooting foul?

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And if it’s the former, how many times can we shoot him?

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Number of the Week: 4.

(NBA referees who graduated from Donaghy’s high school, Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield, Pa. The others are Joe Crawford, Ed Malloy and Mike Callahan.)

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According to Jere Longman of the New York Times, Donaghy may also have fabricated parts of his athletic background in the league’s media guide. For instance, he did not, Longman reports, make the all-Catholic League baseball team at Cardinal O’Hara — or the all-Delaware County basketball team, for that matter. He didn’t play varsity baseball at Villanova, either.

Hey, it could have been worse. He could have claimed to be the valedictorian at Celestial Prep.

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Wednesday was another big night for baseball. You had Alex Rodriguez belting his 499th homer, you had Tom Glavine winning his 299th game and you had David Wells singing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” on the bus ride to the airport.

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More bad news for Barry Bonds. His former mistress, Kimberly Bell, will appear in a nude pictorial in the November issue of Playboy. In one of the photos, I hear, she’s wearing a wet T-shirt that was dipped in McCovey Cove.

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