November 2, 1997 in Sports

Cheap Seats


This idea is a real turkey

Strike Ten Entertainment, the bowling industry’s marketing and management arm, has agreed to a deal with Mastercard and First USA to issue a bowling credit card this summer.

Said Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Sun-Times: “If you live in the gutter, it’s for you.”

Anything is better than a Chicago Bears Visa card.

Jack Kent Cooke rolls over in his grave

Another NBA season, a new mess of slam dunks, in the words of Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times: “The Washington Wizards will play so well, nearly everyone in town will understand the good karma that comes from changing an insensitive or offensive nickname… .

“Everyone except the Redskins.”

It’s cupcake city, baby

Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse University basketball team and the State University of New York at Albany have agreed to a five-game series in men’s basketball starting in 1999.

Syracuse will host Albany at the Carrier Dome in 1999 and 2000. The Orangemen will play the Great Danes in Pepsi Arena in downtown Albany in 2001. Syracuse will then host the Great Danes in 2002 and 2003. All five games will be played in November or December as non-league games.

The first game will be played during the first year that Albany will be competing at NCAA Division I. The Great Danes now play in Division II as members of the New England Collegiate Conference and will move their 19-sport program to Division I by 2000.

Syracuse beat Albany 29-17 during the 1918-19 season in the only meeting between the schools. Hey, if it works for Georgetown . . .

But would he take a chance on Manute Bol?

West Virginia football coach Don Nehlen gets more out of his limited material than any other college football coach in the country, according to Bruce Keidan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Give him your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. Give him players hardly anybody else recruited. Give him late bloomers, underachievers and high-school quarterbacks as skinny as Ichabod Crane.”

And you thought Halloween was over

Water or some type of health drink is usually preferred by runners after a tough workout or race. But an Indonesian marathoner has a unique thirst quencher: She sucks her trainer’s blood.

“The first time she bit my finger was in 1991,” said trainer Alwi Mugiyanto of runner Ruwiyati, a gold medalist in the recent Southeast Asian Games.

Mugiyanto said she does it after every race now.

At Indonesia’s national games in 1993, Ruwiyati, who goes by one name, bit the neck of her coach before a race. It took a week for Mugiyanto’s wound to heal, but Ruwiyati won the marathon and 10-kilometer run.

“I don’t know why, but as soon as I reach the finish line, I suck my coach’s blood from his finger and I feel refreshed,” the official Antara news agency quoted Ruwiyati as saying.

The last word . . .

“They want to be a referee, so you treat them just like a man. If I pat them on the butt, it doesn’t mean I’m trying to get friendly with them.”

- Dennis Rodman, about having female referees in the NBA this season. , DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Photo

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