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Let's Argue -- The Sporting World

Column by Andrew Heitner G

This is the first in a series of weekly columns called `Let's Argue.' Each week we will express our opinions on the sporting world, at MIT and elsewhere. Those of you who have questions, complaints, or Patriot jokes that you want shared, please drop us a line at sports@the-tech.mit.edu...

Quien es mas macho? Clearly not Hector Camacho, who was convincingly pounded by Julio Cesar Chavez. Camacho, decked in his flamboyant fringed loin cloth, was beaten in a 12-round decision by Chavez, the first undisputed `best pound for pound' fighter since Brockton's own, Marvelous Marvin Hagler...

Here's hoping for CBS to get a Toronto-Pittsburgh matchup in the World Series. Any network that would not cover a potential one-game playoff (ESPN would have covered a Toronto-Milwaukee tie-breaker) in favor of a sitcom deserves to take a bath on the small ratings generated from inconsequential markets and to lose baseball next year... On the other hand, a city as apathetic as Pittsburgh (Philadelphia outdrew them by 100,000 fans this year) deserves the Patriots and Red Sox to `cheer' for. The Pirates have dominated the NL East by winning 3 titles in a row, yet their attendance is the 7th highest in the National League (4th in the East) and is down 236,000 from last year...

When watching the NHL on ESPN (Finally!) this year, notice that the league has repealed the helmet rule. Proponents say that repealing the rule will cut down on high-sticking cheap shots, but we know that this will allow television to showcase those speedy Scandinavians, with their flowing blonde locks, as an attraction to female viewers...

Where are they now? Jack Billingham, Craig Swan, Garth Iorg, Bill Pecota, Biff Pocoroba, Joe Charboneau, Ivan DeJesus, Bill `Spaceman' Lee, and Mickey Klutts???

This scribe's MVP ballot will look like this:

American League 1. Joe Carter, Toronto

2. Kirby Puckett, Minnesota

3. Lou Gorman, Boston

(PS: Pitchers, especially `relief specialists,' do not belong in MVP balloting; for example, Dennis `I pitch to one batter with a three-run lead and get a save' Eckresley...)

Why doesn't the Tribune Company understand that Cubs' pitcher Greg Maddux can't live on $28 million over 4 years. My heart bleeds for you, Greg... Look for the Giants to move to St. Pete, can manager Roger Craig, and hire former Reds manager Lou Pinella...

Sorry to hear Magic's making a comeback. Just like old number 33, there's nothing left for him to prove... Quien es mas macho, II? Knicks o Bulls? With the acquisitions of Charles Smith, Rolando Blackman, Hubert Davis, Doc Rivers, and Bo Kimble combined with the loss (addition by subtraction) of Gerald Wilkins and the X-Man, the Knickerbockers look not only to be the class of the East, but to also bring the trophy to the Apple... Do you think Scottie Pippen will get the pre-season off, too?...

Can anybody be worth what the Flyers gave up for the rights to Eric `Not to be confused with Greg Maddux' Lindross? He's not even the best player in the state of PA...

Triva Question of the Week:

Can you name the starting lineup for the 1982 American League Champion Milwaukee Brewers? Mail in responses to sports@the-tech.mit.edu.

Answer to last week's question:

Jake O'Donnell, who wore number 8.

MIT TWIB Notes:

Hats off to MIT graduate Eric Daly who was selected to the touring U.S. volleyball team... Led by the offensive prowess of Chantal Wright '95 and the defensive stalwart tandem of Gwen Watanabe '93 and Sue Scruggs '93, the lady Beavers are off to a 9-1 start, including a 5-2 dismantling of Wellesley...

VIX Pick's:

MIT 22, Westfield St. 10: MIT looks to even up their record at 2-2... Miami 31, Penn St. 21: Penn St. will get caught looking ahead to next week's `showdown' with BC. With a Blockbuster Bowl bid already secured, the Nittany Lions players' are looking forward to ending the game early so they can make the 10-hour drive to Cambridge for MIT's Greek Week festivities... Boston College 17, Wellesley 0: Responding to criticisms of having a schedule full of cream puffs, BC decides to take on NEW 8 power Wellesley during their bye week. Wellesley funnels its rage over locker room address by Barbara Bush into a hard fought 0-0 deadlock at half. The Wellesley marching band, however, plays a Sinead O'Connor medley at half, inspiring the Eagles to their 4th shutout in 5 games... San Francisco 51, New England 6: Patriots looking to hire BC's schedule maker next season... Miami 30, Atlanta 14: Prime Time becomes first player to score NFL touchdown and hit a home run in the same day... Colts 3, Jets 0: Jets are still on cloud nine after victory in `The game someone had to win - Jets-Pats I: The frolic in The Meadowlands.'