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The Slice: Flying Nuns take sports very seriously

Seeing as how Spokane is a regional medical center, shouldn’t at least a few local schools reflect that in their sports mascots?

I say “Yes.”

But I will leave it up to you to come up with the specific sports nicknames.

True or false: The 2001 World Series between the Yankees and the Diamondbacks, which began on this date, was the most significant sporting event in modern American history.

Warm-up question: If you were going to sell something in front of grocery stores to raise money for your child’s after-school group, what would it be? A) Homemade heart-stopping casseroles. B) Davy Crockettesque faux-fur marmot caps. C) Bumper-stickers designed to be read by tailgaters: “Why are you so angry, you waste of life?” D) Lilac-scented connubial toys. E) Spokane’s finest tartar sauce beer. F) Other.

Today’s Slice question: There is just one more week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Expo ’74 (if you want to do so within the original calendar dates of the fair’s run). So here’s the question.

How will looking-back reflections on Expo be different in 2024 than they were this year? A) Because the ranks of those with firsthand memories will have shrunk so dramatically by then, those who were here for the fair will mostly sit back and remember people who are no longer with us. B) By the 50th anniversary, Spokane residents will have stopped talking about the fair. C) The year 2024 will be in some dark post-apocalyptic future and Expo ’74 will seem like a sweet, childlike fantasy. D) People who get angry about Expo nostalgia and say it is a pointless waste of time will have lightened up and the 50th anniversary will be noted with a quiet, affectionate salute. E) Residents will regret allowing Riverfront Park to be turned into two upscale housing developments, Marmot Meadow and Clocktower Vista. F) So many exciting things are going to happen in Spokane between now and 2024 that residents will barely have time to catch their breath and murmur a word of thanks to those who had a good idea more than 50 years before. G) Other.

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470. The No. 1 album on this date in 1974 was Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough.”

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