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In This Shirt, You Can Be as Bad as You Wanna Be

May 29, 1996|JIM HODGES

For every tasteless T-shirt, there seems one worse, but the capper might well have come from New Jersey, where Micky Goldschmidt has been selling a long-sleeved, cream-colored shirt that has images of tattoos on the back, sleeves and front.

But a federal judge in Newark ruled Tuesday that Goldschmidt appears to have been unfairly profiting from--you guessed it--Dennis Rodman and issued an injunction barring the sale of "Dennis Rodman Tattoo T-Shirts," which have not been endorsed.

Judge Alfred Wolin also said Goldschmidt's lawyers can take a deposition from Rodman two weeks after the Chicago Bulls' season ends, and at that deposition Rodman could have to remove his shirt and show his tattoos.

Hope Court TV passes on that one.

Trivia time: On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak was ended at 56 games. What did he do in the next game?

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A bit of history: Along with bloopers and other videos worth skipping comes a 60-minute tape called "Hooligan 96," showing footage of fan violence at games involving English soccer teams.

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It sure wasn't Orlando: Providence Journal-Bulletin columnist Bill Reynolds suggests that the Bulls need a worthy opponent to verify their place in history, as "the Celtics needed the Lakers and the Lakers needed the Celtics. Like Ali needed Frazier. Like the Yankees needed the Dodgers and Alydar needed Affirmed. . . ."

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Maybe John can go: Four Utah Jazz fans plan a bicycle ride from Salt Lake City to the "last outpost of true Jazz fandom," Jack & Dan's Sports Bar in Spokane, Wash., the tavern owned by Jazz guard John Stockton's father. They plan to leave Saturday.

And NASCAR is R-A-C-S-A-N: A 7-year-old in stock car country, in South Carolina, reminds that racecar spelled backward is racecar.

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He's No. 1 to Mom: In Sport magazine, former all-star catcher Randy Hundley rates Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers as the best catcher in baseball. The Dodgers' Mike Piazza is second. Third is Todd Hundley of the Mets, son of the evaluator.

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Aussie Chokes: Greg Norman's yacht is named Aussie Rules. Chances are it will never tie up at Augusta.

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Ask Dionne Warwick: There is a question about the Golden State Warriors' plan to play a bit south next season while the Oakland Coliseum Arena is being renovated. It's about the fans. Do they know the way to San Jose?

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Trivia answer: Began a 17-game streak.

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And finally: Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette disagrees with Pirate Manager Jim Leyland's saying that Barry Bonds "might be the greatest player of all time."

Wrote Smizik: "Here's one club you don't hear much about--the 500-1,900 club. That's 500 home runs and 1,900 RBIs. There are three members: Aaron, Ruth and Mays. When Bonds joins that club, I'll take Leyland's claim more seriously."

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