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Guess Who's Making Sense on the Lockout?

November 04, 1998|MAL FLORENCE

Dennis Rodman's perspective on the NBA lockout:

"The owners are right and the players are right. There is no happy medium. They should just cancel the whole season and let everybody get a real job.

"Then you'll see how they really feel. I bet then they'll come to an agreement real quick."

Worm for commissioner?

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Trivia time: Which school holds the NCAA all-division record for the longest unbeaten streak in football?

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Hometown call: Don Banks of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, writing before the Vikings played Tampa Bay on Sunday:

"Forget about it. The Vikings' offense could have an off day and still roll to victory against the underachieving Bucs."

The "underachievers" won, 27-24.

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Big fish story: Tony Kornheiser in the Washington Post on Redskin receiver Michael Westbrook's failure to show up for practice last Saturday and suspension for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"Later, you [Westbrook] told someone you ate some bad fish. What fish did you order, 'Jaws' "?

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Geography major: Tom FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle: "According to the thumbnail sketches in the [San Jose] Sharks' program and in the team's media guide, Jeff Friesen is an avid surfer and hopes 'to travel someday to Australia and conquer the Bonsai Pipeline.' "

The Banzai Pipeline is, of course, in Hawaii. So you might say that Jeff had a pipe dream.

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Too risky: Philadelphia Flyer General Manager Bob Clarke explained why he isn't interested in acquiring either Vancouver right wing Pavel Bure, who is suspended while waiting to be traded, or Pittsburgh center Petr Nedved, a restricted free agent whose holdout is in its second season:

"What makes you think these guys are not going to walk out on the next team they got to?" Clarke told the Camden (N.J.) Courier-Post. "Bure's just as dumb as Nedved, and Nedved is an idiot."

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Out of reach: Craig Kilborn of cable's Comedy Central, on the dispute between gymnast Dominique Moceanu and her parents:

"Dominique said her parents repeatedly hid her money where she couldn't get to it--on top of the kitchen counter."

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Irony: Former NFL players' union chief Ed Garvey, a Democratic candidate who lost his bid for governor of Wisconsin, on Packer quarterback Brett Favre endorsing Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, the winner:

"I was so successful in getting money [for NFL players] that he's become a Republican."

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Trivia answer: Washington, 63 games, 59 wins, 4 ties, from 1907-1917.

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And finally: ESPN2 broadcaster Larry Rawson, setting the scene as the runners leading the New York City Marathon entered the borough of Queens:

"This is also the home of Mae West, who would have loved the idea of 20,000 men in short pants running through her hometown."

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