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Let's Argue -- AL Rookies and Heisman Winners

By Mike Duffy
and Andrew Heitner

sports columnists

A few weeks ago, we advocated that Magic Johnson reconsider his decision to come back to the NBA. Since then, some prominent players have publicly stated their apprehension toward physical contact with Magic, no matter how slight the chances for transmission of the HIV virus. It is difficult to blame Magic for wanting to play basketball; fingers should be also pointed at the NBA for permitting him to come back in the first place. With Clinton now taking office, perhaps Johnson will want to use his energies to help the Presidential AIDS Commission...

Last time we contrasted Red Barber with today's TV announcers -- it's only fair that we get some shots in at Boston's sportswriters as well. Barber's credo was that people in the media have a responsibility to report events and not be a part of the story themselves. The scribes (term used loosely) for the Globe, "Donut" Dan Shaugnessy, Michael "Meatball" Madden, and Bob "Onion Ring" Ryan, are pathetic in this respect. They don't know polo from croquet, yet insist on being whiny cheerleaders for the local teams, and are as quick to criticize as to jump on the bandwagon. By the way, AAAARRRGGG**H!!! is not a word...

Votes for AL Rookie of the Year:

1) Kenny Lofton, Clev.

2) Pete Listach, Mil.

3) Dave Flemming, Sea.

Talking about fickle, how about those boxing "fans" in Britain? First they choose Coors over Bud, then they waffle (wasn't that a football league?) on the citizenship of heavyweight Lennox Lewis. Born in Britain, Lewis won a gold medal for Canada in 1988, and the British failed to recognize him as one of their own. Now that he has beaten Razor Rudduck in London and is in line for a shot at the title, the limeys are rediscovering his English heritage. Sort of like Boston taking credit for the Braves' success because they played here 35 years ago...

Sorry to all you vocal WAC fans who write in each week lobbying to give Marshall Faulk the Heisman, but our vote goes to Garrison Hurst of Georgia. The two have comparable stats, but the SEC is a real football conference. The WAC, after all, has teams like the Lobos, the Miners, and the Rainbow Warriors...

P.S: Somebody ought to clue in Coach Erickson down in Little Havana that the above two are the only legitimate Heisman candidates. Despite his endorsement of Gino Toretta, the Trophy is not awarded based on career accomplishments or TD throws to alleged felons. By Erickson's logic, John Ritter ought to be given an Emmy every five years...

With the beginning of the NBA season, we have enlisted the services of basketball guru Todd Simson `92 to help make the season predictions. In the East: Knicks take the division with the Celtics several games behind and the Bullets in the cellar. In the Central: Cavs edge out "Bogie" Jordan, Snotty Pipsqueak, and the rest of the Jordans; Hawks left to sweep up. In the Midwest: The oxymoron Utah Jazz becomes the only repeat division winner, with Tark kicking the Spurs to second; Dallas is the division's also-ran. In the Far West: Barkley's Suns take the title with Portland on their tails; Sacramento is in no danger of leaving the cellar. Playoffs: Knicks defeat Utah in five to complete the latest chapter in the Riley legend.

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Celtic scrubs

Mark Acres, Darren Daye, Ronny Grandison, Conner Henry, Dirk Minniefield, Ramon Rivas, Andre Turner, and David Thirdkill...

Trivia Question of the Week

Who was the last team the MIT Football team beat? Hint -- it happened this season. Send answers to sports@the-tech...

Last week's answer: The USFL champions were: The Birmingham Stallions, with QB Cliff Stoudt and Coach Rollie Dotsch; The Philidelphia Stars, with QB Chuck Fusina and Coach Jim Mora; and The Oakland Invaders, with QB Bobby Hebert and WR Anthony Carter. Kudos to Frank Leibly `93, who provided the first correct answer...

MIT TWIB Notes

The men's water polo team had a respectable showing at the Division I tournament two weeks ago, defeating Yale but losing by one goal to BC.

Congratulations to Nicole Mantell G, who set an all-time personal best in the NYC Marathon...

Congratulations also to Roddy Tranum `93, wide receiver for the football team, who has snatched more passes than any other player in MIT history. Tranum has received the NCAA scholar-athlete award, one of only 15 athletes in all of college football to do so...

Hats off to Ann Torres `96, who was awarded the New England Women's 8 Rookie of the Year honor in women's field hockey...

Not to be outdone, Chantal Wright `96 (midfield) and Becky Hill `95 (fullback) were first team selections for NEW 8 women's soccer...

Led by co-captains Nikki "Diamond" Caruthers `95 and "Downtown" Arik Brown `93, the men's basketball team hopes to fill the space left by the departure of last year's seniors, Alex "Prof. Amazing" Virgilio and the stalwart, Old No. 41...

The untimely publication of this column renders VIX's Pix out of date.