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Psst, Dennis: If You Live in a Glass House . . .

December 31, 1996|MAL FLORENCE

Dennis Rodman says he doesn't like most young players in the NBA, adding that he likes Philadelphia 76er rookie Allen Iverson the least.

"He doesn't respect people," Rodman said. "He thinks he's God. He thinks he's G-O-D. He thinks the court is his street, his playground and he can do anything he wants and say anything he wants."

Iverson obviously needs a role model--like Rodman.

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Trivia time: When was the last time it rained during the the Rose Bowl game?

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Stop it! Bud Geracie of the San Jose Mercury News quoting an anonymous reader: "When the Green Bay Cheeseheads do the Macarena, does that make Macarena & Cheese?"

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Groin-ing pains: Scott Ostler in the San Francisco Chronicle on the 49ers' 14-0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday: "No question [Steve] Young's groin has earned the award as NFL Comeback Groin of the Year."

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Tiger-mania: Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News: "Next year, Sports Illustrated is putting up Tiger Woods for the Nobel Prize. And I'm going to tell you something right now: I am already as tired of Tiger's daddy as I am of most tennis mommies and daddies."

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Nostalgia: Buffalo center Kent Hull after the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Bills, 30-27, in an NFL playoff game: "They seemed to be like the team we used to be."

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No big deal: Blackie Sherrod in the Dallas Morning News: "Jim Brown somehow refrains from gushing over rushers like Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, et al. Sez Jim: 'If you can't gain 1,000 yards today, you're either crippled or your coach won't give you the ball.' "

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Sideline gambler: Arlene Mackovic, on her conservative husband, John, coach of the Texas Longhorns: "He's not a wild person, but he does have his moments. He throws everything out the window when he's calling plays."

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Looking back: On this day in 1978, the Rams defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 34-10, in an NFC divisional playoff game at the Coliseum. One week later, the Rams lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 28-0, in the NFC championship game at the Coliseum.

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Trivia answer: 1955, when Ohio State defeated USC, 20-7. Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes complained that the USC band damaged the field at halftime.

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And finally: John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Examiner writes that one of the many things that irked Dan Reeves about the New York Giants was a pre-draft psychological test given to college players, consisting of 400 questions.

"A low score on the test often eliminates a player from the team's draft board. It seems absurd to dump a player for failing to answer correctly a a question like, 'Two trains leave from Cleveland at the same time traveling at the same rate of speed, one heading west, the other east. Who buys the doughnuts in Milwaukee?' "

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