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The Slice: Take your best shot for two free Zags tickets

OK, here’s a contest with a prize that can be used seven Tuesdays from today.

So you’ll have time to plan.

Finish this sentence: The thing a lot of people seem to forget about Spokane is …

The reader submitting the best entry will win two tickets to the Zags game against Cal State Bakersfield on March 2.

Granted, that’s not a dream matchup. But it is the final home game of the season. And if you have never been to a GU men’s game but wanted to, maybe this is your chance.

Besides, you have to like the price.

One thing, though: These are my boss’s seats, from his season-ticket package. So you have to promise not to create a spectacle that would get him in hot water with those who occupy the seats nearby.

Of course, we’re talking about sports fans here. So the bar isn’t set that high.

I will administer a Code of Conduct oath when the winner stops by the Review Tower to pick up the tickets.

Looking ahead: I’ll declare a winner in the what-to-call-people- from-Spokane contest on Thursday.

Recycled excuses for the family screw-up: “Don’t mind him, he drinks a bit.” – Fritz Howard

Re: Last Thursday’s Slice: “We are not THAT Billy and Lisa,” wrote Lisa Weaver. “However, we have been married since July 19, 1972. Billy still does love Lisa. Lisa really did love Billy and still does.”

Family Phrases Department: Sue Peterson’s dad once purchased some meat from a store display indicating it was marked down because the offerings were near their expiration dates.

“When asked, he said he got it in the ‘Used Meat’ department,” she wrote.

That expression lives on.

Today’s Slice question: What movie soundtrack would make the most unlikely background music for life in Spokane?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. The Slice heard from a reader who recalled when her little post office was out of everything except “Simpsons” stamps, which she didn’t want to use to mail a sympathy card.

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