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Headlines fondly recalled

Wonder what the new pope's thoughts are re: Diego Maradona's “Hand of God” goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup.

No, I don't really care. But this gives me a chance to recall a couple of my all-time favorite headlines, both from British tabs.

One captured the skepticism about that famous goal: “Handball of God.”

And then, when an English goalkeeper mishandled an easy shot and let in a stunningly weak goal against the U.S. just a few years ago, someone on a British news desk pulled no punches with: “Hand of Clod.”   

Pope sitcom

Was going to say something about hoping the new pope starts out by declaring “Hey, let's fire everybody within a mile of all these child-abuse cover-ups.”

But that sort of goes without saying.

Remember Bob Newhart's 1970s TV show, the one where he played a psychologist? Sure.

Well, one of my favorite moments came in a session Bob was having with Mr. Carlin, a patient.

Mr. Carlin was talking about trying to interest television producers in an idea he had for a new series. He had not had much luck though.

The series? “Darn Than Pope.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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