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Forget E=MC 2 : How Many Shots Did He Block?

January 04, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

Joe Niednagel, the psychological advisor of the Phoenix Suns, has determined that Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo is the only player in the NBA to have a brain type labeled "INTP."

This is the most intellectual brain type, the one possessed by Albert Einstein.

The Zaire-born Mutombo, who speaks five languages and several African dialects, was asked about the Einstein comparison.

"Who is he? Was he ever in Congo?" Mutombo asked.

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Trivia time: What was the first matchup of undefeated, untied teams in the Rose Bowl game?

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Catch the buzz: Tampa Bay punter Sean Landeta is nostalgic for electric football.

"The games kids play today are so modern and advanced, they're head and shoulders above what we played. But they don't promote the togetherness we had. Electric football was plain and simple. You'd turn it on and watch the little men move around the field."

The game, very popular when Landeta was a kid, is enjoying something of a comeback: there are several leagues around the country and a convention Jan. 17-18 in Cleveland will culminate with an Electric Football Super Bowl tournament.

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Sticks and stones: Toronto Raptor center Oliver Miller after his predicted victory over the Boston Celtics failed to materialize:

"I'm 325 pounds. I can handle 325 pounds of pressure. The fans can boo me, they can throw cupcakes at me, I don't care. One day they'll love me."

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Ssnubbed: New York Islander General Manager Mike Milbury was miffed when one of his defensemen, Kenny Jonsson, was left off the Swedish Olympic team by Coach Kent Forsberg:

"He's [Forsberg] had it in for Kenny for some time. He's a lot better than the other 'unds' and 'sons' they've selected."

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Different standard: Blackie Sherrod in the Dallas Morning News: "From U of Georgia AD Vince Dooley, himself a veteran of the sidelines: 'To err is human, to forgive is divine. But to forgive a football coach is unheard of.' "

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Holiday drudgery: Mario Elie of the Houston Rockets on having to play on Christmas Day: "Everybody's going to be opening presents, then watching me chase [Utah's] Jeff Hornacek through a hundred picks.

"I guess it's the NBA's way of saying, 'Bah, humbug.' "

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Mr. Enigma: Former Raider tight end Todd Christensen told Art Spander of the Oakland Tribune that it's useless trying to predict what Raider owner Al Davis will do.

"He's a man who intentionally creates his own aura of mystery," Christensen said. "I think the thing he enjoys during his private moments is he knows most people are speculating what he does during his private moments."

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Trivia answer: California and Ohio State in 1921. Cal won, 28-0.

And finally: After signing Joe Carter (37), Doug Drabek (35) and Norm Charlton (35 on Tuesday), the Baltimore Orioles have eight players 35 or older.

In Baltimore, they say the ballpark now will be called "Jurassic Park at Camden Yards."

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