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Here's Some More Advice: Get a Life

October 27, 2000|MAL FLORENCE

New York newspapers are publishing advice from psychiatrists and psychologists on how to handle Subway Series stress.

The experts advised overzealous fans to limit alcohol consumption, not be pressured by rowdy peers and to watch games at friendly bars where their team is the favorite.

Parents rooting for opposing teams should flip coins to settle disputes over which team colors the children should wear.

Hey, experts, get real. This is New York, not "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," or "The Partridge Family."

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Trivia time: Who holds the NCAA Division I-A record for most passes in a game?

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Silent subway: Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe: "It is ironic that the only place in [New York] where you can get no information, no update on the Subway Series is . . . the subway.

"That's right. Play-by-play is available while walking the streets of Manhattan at night. The game is carried in bar rooms and bodegas.

"But the subway offers no outlets. No television. Radios and cell phones don't work. If you board a subway during the Subway Series, you are in a news vacuum until you emerge from underground."

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They're used to it: Skip Bayless in the Chicago Tribune on the World Series: "The shock for this visitor from Chicago has been how reserved the baseball crowds have been, especially at Yankee Stadium.

"Comiskey's standard 25,000 screamers can generate more electricity in May or June than these people did in late October. This felt more like the House that Ruth Buzzi built."

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Attention, Hillary: The Wall Street Journal on the "Top 10 Things A New York Senate Candidate Has to Keep Straight During A Subway Series." A sampling:

* Willie Mays was indeed slick. But no one calls him "Slick Willie."

* The "Babe" is Babe Ruth, not Monica Lewinsky.

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False alarm: When the Fort Worth Fire began operations as a minor league hockey team, it wanted fans to have a catchy number to call for tickets, etc., so it included its nickname.

After receiving complaints from fans and the Fort Worth Fire Department about wrong numbers, the team changed the number.

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Northwest revival: Ted Miller of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writing on Oregon and Oregon State:

"If both teams--a combined 12-2, 7-1 in the Pac-10--keep winning, the Civil War on Nov. 18 in Corvallis will hold more national importance than the Michigan-Ohio State game the same day.

"The last time the Ducks and Beavers finished atop the conference? 1957. Two years later, the Pacific Coast Conference dissolved, perhaps due to disbelief."

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Names are the game: Jim Armstrong in the Denver Post: "The best thing about college football? That's easy. It's the names. They've got awesome names in college football. I give you LaBrandon Toefield, who scored the winning touchdown Saturday in LSU's upset of Mississippi State."

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Looking back: On this day in 1984, Iowa's Chuck Long completed 22 consecutive passes, setting an NCAA Division I-A record--since broken--in a 24-20 victory over Indiana.

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Trivia answer: Drew Brees of Purdue, 83, against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, 1998. He completed 55.

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And finally: Jay Leno, on Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner's turning down $1 million to wrestle in the World Wrestling Federation: "Apparently, Gardner has a condition that prohibits him from wrestling professionally. I think it's called self-respect."

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