Yank prank hardly letter-perfect

You might think a Boston Red Sox fan living in Raleigh, N.C., wouldn't have to worry about running into that much animosity, but that apparently isn't the case.

Sean Bunn, whose devotion to gathering fellow fans in the area has earned him the title of North Carolina "governor" of Red Sox Nation, returned from a get-together Tuesday night to find his condo vandalized, New York Yankees-style.


His walls, rugs and furniture were spray-painted with pinstripes and the Yankees' "NY" logo. The numbers 13 (Alex Rodriguez) and 2 (Derek Jeter) were put on the backs of Bunn's shirts.

At least one of Bunn's fellow Carolina Sox fans said he doesn't suspect a real Yankees fan, because part of the graffiti left behind omitted the second "e" in spelling "Yankees."


"I don't think it's a typical fan at all, because they know how to spell 'Yankees,' " Bryan Richardson told the Raleigh News & Observer. "It's probably somebody who was not brought up a Yankee fan, maybe a young kid in high school or college who doesn't understand the whole history."

That certainly sounds sporting enough, which is more than Mr. Flip can say for the comment a Yankees devotee gave the News & Observer.

"It has to be a Red Sox fan trying to make us look bad," said Hart Seely, a Yankees blogger and editor of O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto.

She's a big fan

Gov. Sarah Palin couldn't help but win, regardless of the outcome of last night's American League Championship Series Game 7.

The Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate told a rally in Jacksonville, Fla., earlier this month, according to the St. Petersburg Times: "How about those Tampa Bay Rays? ... You know what that tells me; it tells me that the people in this area know a little something about turning an underdog into a victor. And we're counting on you to help us do that Nov. 4."

But last week in Salem, N.H., Palin told the crowd: "We're just 20 days out from the election and it's going to come right down to the wire, and we're counting on you because Red Sox fans know how to turn an underdog into a victor, and that's exactly what you can help us do on Nov. 4."

And that was before she heard Alec Baldwin say how hot she was on Saturday Night Live.


Technical difficulties

Red Sox fans posting comments at the Boston Globe Web site reacted just as reasonably as you might expect when TBS lost its broadcast signal for most of the first inning of Saturday's ALCS Game 6.

But perhaps the classiest move - amid all the whining about how those mean TBS announcers just don't like the Sox - was posting the cell-phone number of a public relations representative for Turner Sports.

Sorry for the inconvenience

And then there are stories such as this, which just make Mr. Flip shake his head.

During halftime of a rugby game in Australia, one of the players suffered a fatal heart attack while leaving the field. Afterward, a moment of silence was observed in the stadium ... and then the game resumed.


"Why didn't they call it off?" said Darren Lemson, brother of the dead player, Fred Lemson. "This was not a broken leg. Somebody died on that field. But they just didn't give a damn."

Compiled from news service and Web reports - with Tips of the Flip to - by Mr. Flip, who hopes those Aussie rugby fans weren't too put out by having to be quiet for a minute.