No torch needed for this sport

The Baltimore Sun

Let Mr. Flip acknowledge that he was in favor of compressing, not expanding, the roster of Olympic sports.

That was before he came upon this news: There is a fledgling effort to make pole dancing an Olympic event.

"It's automatically assumed it has something to do with stripping," said Lizz Schofield, owner of Studio Soiree in Salt Lake City's Sugar House, which features a dance area outfitted with floor-to-ceiling poles. "But it's not stripping at all."

Talk about a buzz kill. Mr. Flip is becoming less interested.

"I don't take my clothes off at all. I just come for a great workout," Andrea Bower, who has four children, told Salt Lake City's KUTV.

Lorinda Coombs, co-owner of Studio Soiree, said: "This takes grace, fluidity and strength. It's on par with ice skating and everything else in the Olympics.

"We are some of the safest, most skilled athletes. I liken it a lot to rock climbing."

Mr. Flip is putting down his pen and not likely to sign the petition.

It seems in some quarters this practice is being called "pole fitness." Thus Mr. Flip's whole scenario for the sport has been burst. He pictured a competition in which boots with spiked heels were part of the equipment and medals were determined by counting the money in tips stuffed into various parts of the athletes' "uniforms."

And "making it rain" wouldn't mean a delay of the game.

Thanks, 'Mean' Troy

The Steelers' Troy Polamalu will play the role of "Mean" Joe Greene, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, in a remake of the famous Coca-Cola commercial in which a kid gives the limping Pittsburgh Hall of Famer a Coke to salve his wounds.

In the new version, a youngster calls out to the Pro Bowl safety and holds up a bottle of Coke, telling Polamalu: "I'll give you a drink if you get a haircut."

Yes, you guessed it, that last part was just Mr. Flip funnin' you.

You belong to the Citi

With Citigroup's financial woes, questions are being raised about whether the New York Mets' new stadium will still end up being called Citi Field. One helpful commenter at the New York Post Web site suggested this alternate name: Bill Buckner Stadium.

Porter's dogma

Not to dog Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, but he has been known to sound like he has no filter before he speaks. For example, this is his take on Michael Vick, who is serving time for dogfighting:

"He's already been punished enough," Porter told "They gave him his penalty. He paid his penalty. What else should they do to him now?

"All it was was dogs. They act like they don't even like pit bulls anyway. ... I got pit bulls. I got to put them under a different breed just to travel. So you can't even fly pit bulls nowhere. It's a breed they don't care about. It's not like he was fighting cocker spaniels or something that they like."

Compiled from news service and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who gives a Tip of the Flip to

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