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THE INSIDE TRACK | MORNING BRIEFING

Still Registering Quite a Few Bleeps on Radar

February 03, 2001|MAL FLORENCE

Bob Knight, as quoted in the March issue of Playboy, on the stepfather of the student involved in the "What's up, Knight?" incident that led to the Indiana coach's firing:

"The bleeping stepfather was a bleeping bleep, bleeping bleep from the word go! He bleeping lied and he lied and he lied! . . . I mean, this is my bleeping life we're talking about! My bleeping heart was ripped out by this bleeping bullbleep!"

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More Knight: Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News on Knight's outburst: " This broke the record for most obscenities in one paragraph, previously shared by Leo Durocher, Dallas Green, Tommy Lasorda and Eddie Murphy."

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Trivia time: Stanford won its only men's NCAA basketball championship in 1942. Which school did the Cardinal defeat in the title game?

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Go figure: Ron Rapoport in the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Possibly because of his overall deportment and good citizenship: Bulls' forward Elton Brand is averaging 20.8 points and 10.3 rebounds. New York Knick swingman Latrell Sprewell is averaging 17.3 points and five rebounds.

"Given a choice between them as a [replacement] for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, NBA Commissioner David Stern took Sprewell."

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Super flop: Tom FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"Daredevil Robbie Knievel, the 38-year-old son of legendary Evel Knievel, is planning to jump his motorcycle off the top of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas as it is imploded.

"Perhaps they can call the implosion 'A Tribute to the New York Giants.' "

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Xtreme chauvinist: Vince McMahon, the creator of the XFL, commenting to Adweek on why the league won't use female sideline reporters:

"Football's a man's game. Don't put a woman on the sidelines to tell me about football. It's offensive. She might know more about the game than I do. But, when she tells me she does, I resent her all the more. She's never played the game."

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Salary gap: NFL coaches routinely forbid their players from riding motorcycles. The XFL will have no such restriction.

"Ban motorcycles?" Chicago Enforcer Coach Ron Meyer asked. "Our guys are so poor they will be riding Schwinns."

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Trivia answer: Stanford defeated Dartmouth, 53-38.

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And finally: Brian Murphy of the San Francisco Chronicle, commenting on John Daly:

"Daly's everyman appeal is 100 parts real, zero parts affected. He speaks plainly, wears his hair in an unfashionable mullet, burns cigarettes during rounds.

"He shuns trendy residences in Florida or Arizona and calls Rogers, Ark., home. No private jet for Daly--whenever possible, he drives a mobile home from event to event, kind of a MaddenCruiser for lost souls."

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