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Bulldog Center Provides Browsers Very Snappy Site

November 25, 1996|LISA DILLMAN

Who doesn't have a Web page these days?

The famous and the not-so-famous are all there, tangled up in the World Wide Web. Even the musings of an obscure football player, the holder and backup kicker on Georgia's struggling team, are there.

But Ryan Sanderson, the Georgia football player, has received nearly 7,000 hits on his site since the debut in late July. Visitors to his Web page are greeted with the words: "Go Dawgs. Sic 'Em!" and "Woof! Woof! Woof!" in flashing red letters.

"I just try to give people the mood of the team," Sanderson said. "It's nothing like the playbook or anything like that."

Not that Sanderson is being secretive, pointing out: "I guess I could put plays on there, but, honestly, I really don't even know what they are."

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Add Web: A backup basketball center put his foot through the 'net and straight into his mouth last season.

Dan Kreft of Northwestern kept a diary on the Internet and wrote about players visiting a strip club. He also ripped his coach's 5-year-old son, who he described as "quite possibly the most incredibly annoying child I've ever had the dubious pleasure of knowing."

Wonder if Kreft ever got off the bench after that.

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Trivia time: When was the last time Steffi Graf lost in the final of the women's tennis year-end, tour championship in New York?

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Where's the Joker?: Now that Albert Belle, Blackhawk enforcer Bob Probert and Bull forward Dennis Rodman are all playing in the same city, Chicago can boast of having more colorful villains than a Batman movie.

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Add Rodman: Said comedian David Letterman, "I had a tough time in Chicago. Lots of trouble at the airport. Huge delay. Here's what happened. I get behind Dennis Rodman--here's the kind of luck I have--at the metal detector. It took the guy 45 minutes to unpierce himself."

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Sack talk: Chicago's Dave Krieg, who has been sacked a record 485 times in his career, was talking about the dubious distinction.

"It comes from getting tackled a lot when you have the ball in your hand," he said.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Examiner politely pointed out the obvious, writing: "Uh. . .that's right, Dave. It's not a sack if you're tackled without the ball."

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Trivia answer: 1986. Martina Navratilova defeated Graf, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2. Since then, Graf has reached the finals in five season-ending tour championships, and has won all five.

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And finally: The secret to a successful power play seems to be. . .big hair. At least for the Washington Capitals, who recently acquired forward Chris Simon.

Simon scored two power-play goals in a 5-1 victory against New Jersey on Friday night and left Devil goaltender Martin Brodeur shaking his head.

"He's so big in front of the net, it's hard to see through him," Brodeur said. "You can't see nothing with his hair flopping around."

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