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Sidelines: Tampa man takes his football glory days a bit far; Mariners should throw out red carpet for Rainiers

Everybody loves talking about their “glory days.”

Heck, my wife gets sick and tired of me telling stories about the good old days on various sports fields around South King County during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. As she points out, my stories seem to make me look a little cooler as each year passes.

She has even heard me utter the words, while donned in my green and gold Auburn High School Class of ‘91 letterman’s jacket, “I wish I could go back to high school and play football. How fun would that be? I would dominate these kids. No doubt about it.”

My wife also knows that I’m just trying to get a rise out of her when I talk about my days as a “High School Hero.” At least, I hope she does.

But it’s pretty obvious that Julious Threatts wasn’t joking around when he told his buddies he wanted to relive his glory days.

The Miami Herald reported Monday that the 21-year-old Threatts is now behind bars without bail after he allegedly claimed to be 14 years old in order to play youth football in Tampa, Fla.

“He duped everyone,” Steve Levinson, president of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League, said in an interview with the Miami Herald. Levinson noted that the individual he knew as Chad Jordan correctly turned in all the necessary paperwork, with a birth certificate — that was later determined to be fabricated.

Threatts, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, played in the West Coast Youth Football Conference last year and had started practicing with the Town ‘N Country Packers again this spring. I couldn’t find any information about whether Threatts dominated the kids or not.

He played in the Packers’ first game of the season on Aug. 21 and kept his helmet on at all times, even when the game was over. This was probably to hide the fact that he “didn’t” have any zits or wasn’t rocking braces.

The coach of the team, Ray McCloud, with the help of a friend, found Threatts’ Facebook page that showed he graduated from Leto High School and had a mother listed. When the coaches confronted Threatts with all the information at their disposal, he still denied it all.

But Threatts took it a step further earlier this week. He was finally exposed when he went to register to attend a Tampa middle school, but did not show up with any parents or the necessary paperwork. When he told school officials he was homeless, they brought in social workers who helped piece the puzzle together. Finally, when Threatts went to the school’s social workers’ office with a school deputy, his cell phone rang and an official answered it. His mommy just happened to be on the other end and authorities finally pieced his identity together.

How funny is that?

Threatts’ mother and grandmother say the 21-year-old missed out on middle and high school because of behavioral problems.

“There’s just something wrong somewhere, and I’ve been knowing that for years,” said Joann Miller, Threatts’ maternal grandmother. “I hope he gets out of this trouble. I hope they get some help for him, really. That’s what he really needs. He thinks he’s a child, when he’s a grown man.”

Threatts faces charges of trespassing on school grounds, obstruction by a disguised person and violation of probation. It turns out that Threatts was also on probation for burglary charges.

Rainiers seem destined to play at Safeco Field

It looks like Safeco Field will see playoff baseball after all. Obviously, it won’t be coming from our beloved Seattle Mariners, but from the Tacoma Rainiers.

Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium is currently undergoing a $26.5 million remodel, which started immediately after the Rainiers’ final regular season home game Thursday.

So the Mariners have graciously offered Seattle’s Safeco Field to the Rainiers.

Tacoma’s regular season ends Monday and the playoffs would begin Wednesday on the road. The Rainiers could have clinched the Pacific Coast League North Division this weekend.

Here’s an idea my buddy, Lance Giles, came up with and something I’m on board with. Besides offering up their field, why don’t the Mariners and Fox Sports Northwest push all-in to support the Tacoma Rainiers’ playoff push? Why not have Dave Niehaus announce the playoff games and televise them on Fox instead of the Mariners? You could also offer cheap ticket prices to Safeco Field and allow kids in free.

I haven’t watched the Mariners play since mid-May and I’m a huge baseball fan.

I would much rather watch a meaningful postseason game involving the future, like highly-regarded prospects Dustin Ackley, Greg Halman and Justin Smoak, then another lack of effort from the Mariner millionaires.

Please, let me just watch some meaningful baseball.

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