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The uphill climb for a spot in the NBA playoffs apparently isnt challenging enough for Portland Trail Blazers center Channing Frye. He has also taken on maintaining the city of Portlands, uh, personality.Frye provided the translation for the K.P.W. bumper stickers he has seen around town in his blog: It means Keep Portland Weird and the true Oregonians, the ones who wear Birkenstocks, ride in a Subaru, wear earth tones 90 percent of the time, these are the people that have this bumper sticker on their car.When I first moved to Portland, I truly didnt understand or realize the greatness of that meaning until I saw some of the how do I put this very INTERESTING people that walk the beautiful streets of our fair city.Sidney Wicks Bill Walton Rasheed Wallace if the K.P.W. movement was really on the ball, it never would have any of those trail mix personalities leave town.Still, Frye said that his little project is to highlight the citys K.P.W. side by asking fans to send photos of unique people. Prizes are guaranteed. A playoff spot is not.Old as the hillsIn the last couple of days, the Colorado Avalanche signed 34-year-old Peter Forsberg, traded for 36-year-old Adam Foote and made a play for 38-year-old Rob Blake all were part of the Avalanches 2001 Stanley Cup championship team.The teams alternative may have included signing Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox, then laying hands on a DeLorean.Too pumped upSoccer can be hazardous to your health. That is what a recent study in Germany seems to indicate.The Earth Times reported that the study, made during the 2006 World Cup, showed a sharp rise in incidents among men with a history of heart disease.On days when the German team did not play, hospitals in the Munich area averaged 20 heart-related admissions. With that as a baseline, it is easy to judge what countries German fans feared the most Ecuador, 30 admissions; Costa Rica, 40; Poland, 50; Argentina, 70.At that pace, a German-England final would rate a defibrillator in every house.And what this all means? Our study provides clear evidence for the first time that emotional stress really can cause heart attacks, said Ute Wilbert-Lampen, head of the study team.Stress is bad for the heart? How many Euros went into that one?And finally Miami Coach Pat Riley, describing to reporters his happiness after the Heat ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Sacramento on Tuesday to reach 10 victories on the season: I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony. I know what to do. I just dont know where to start.Start with your metaphors, Pat.


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