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Red Wing Fan Celebrates Cup With an Eyeful

June 10, 1997|MAL FLORENCE

Jack Cameron, a lifelong Detroit Red Wing fan, is celebrating the team's Stanley Cup victory in unique fashion.

He has had the Wings' logo artfully painted onto a prosthetic eye.

The bright red winged wheel logo stands in sharp contrast against a field of white. Higher up, as a subtle signature hidden by the eyelid, is the Stanley Cup and 1997.

He is truly an eyewitness.

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Trivia time: What do Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, former NFL quarterback Phil Simms and former tennis star Ivan Lendl have in common?

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Gotta dance: Ryan Tolhurst, a senior at North Allegheny High School in Western Pennsylvania, had his priorities in order, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A prominent 400- and 200-meter sprinter, Tolhurst recently dropped out of the 200 in the state championship meet because the race would have made him late for the senior prom.

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Tells it all: New York Post headline over story about declining attendance at Yankee games: "Fort Apathy, the Bronx."

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Neat server: Volleyball players, like other athletes, tend to be superstitious. Take Mike Whitemarsh, for example.

Whitemarsh, who will compete in the $300,000 Miller Lite/AVP Hermosa Beach Grand Slam starting Friday, makes it a point to avoid the end line when he goes back to serve, and makes sure there are no wrinkles in the net before he serves.

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New wardrobe? Milwaukee Brewer Manager Phil Garner released Chuckie Carr after the well-traveled outfielder said he refused to take a 2-0 pitch because "that ain't Chuckie's game. Chuckie hacks on 2-0."

Said Garner, "The guy is always talking about himself in the third person, which often gets you one of those white jackets that ties in the back."

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Egos apart: Ron Borges in the Boston Globe: "The New York Jets' second-round draft choice, Rick Terry, was recently quoted as saying, 'I'm a hard-nosed player. I don't want fame or glory.' He and Keyshawn Johnson obviously are not roommates."

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Looking back: On this day in 1978, Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. Affirmed edged Alydar for the third time.

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Looking back again: On this day in 1944, Cincinnati pitcher Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years and 10 months, became the youngest player to appear in a major league game when he worked two-thirds of an inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Trivia answer: They all tried to qualify for golf's U.S. Open, and none of them made it.

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And finally: Michael Jordan created something of a furor when he played 46 holes of golf the day before a playoff game with the Miami Heat.

The Bulls lost, their only defeat in that series.

Commented Houston's Charles Barkley: "I only play golf when I'm going against bad teams, like the [Dallas] Mavericks and the Lakers."

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