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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) gestures after hitting a three-point basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

QUICK OUT

Tim Tebow says he’s a fan of ex-BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, but “if he was on a better team — I’m not trying to knock his college team — if he was on a better team, I think he would have had a chance to be special.”

But Tebow didn’t stop there in his interview with NOLA.com.

“You put him on the field with good teams and see what he could do, I think he could have done really well.”

However, Tebow concluded, “I liked watching him a lot.”

That, folks, is one awesome audible.

GONE GAMES

SDCCU Stadium, former home of the San Diego Chargers, doesn’t get much action these days. That doesn’t stop it from capitalizing on advertising opportunities.

For instance, the reading material in the bathrooms.

One placard promotes the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football, with this declaration: “Pro football is back in San Diego!”

Cool, but here’s guessing neither the erstwhile Chargers nor the incoming Fleet will keep the aging stadium from going, well, down the drain.

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Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa warms up before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

THE FAMILY PLAN

The Birmingham News reported over 405 family members of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were expected to attend the national championship game.

“I’m really excited to see all of our family,” his uncle, Derek Faavi, told the newspaper. “It’s going to feel like a little family reunion.”

Just asking: Is there anything little about a 405-person reunion?

VIRGIN TERRITORY

The college football national championship game was played Monday at Levi’s Stadium, also site of the Pac-12 championship. The latter ended in a 10-3 Utah loss.

Sources say no work was needed to groom the end zones because they hadn’t been used.

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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) is hit by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Clayton Geathers (26) and linebacker Duke Ejiofor (53) after making a catch during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

ENEMY MINE

An ESPN preview of last Saturday’s Indianapolis-Houston playoff game featured the following summary deck: “The Texans are home favorites but not by much over their division rivals, the Houston Texans.”

Seemed like such a safe bet — go with the Texans.

BONDED

The Cadillac (Michigan) News says a hunter caught illegally shooting a deer blamed it on his wife, claiming she wanted venison or “she’ll get really mad at me.”

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Didn’t Barry Bonds do something similar when he blamed a teammate for a failed drug test?

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) jockey for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

KAWHI SAYS WHY

Speaking of blame, Kawhi Leonard says negative media coverage triggered booing that accompanied his return to the AT&T Center.

Maybe that’s because he never suited up to be booed in person last year.

FOOD FAIL

Gordon Hayward told GQ magazine part of his post-surgery rehab included eating “whatever I wanted.”

Just wondering: Did he order any of those sandwiches that took him out during the 2017 playoffs?