Lewis KOs Bruno in EighthBy Mike Duffy
and Andrew Heitner
Over here in limey-land, the locals will have tea and crumpets ready for what some people are calling a heavyweight championship fight -- Lennox "Guns like Emmanuel" Lewis vs. Frank "A Gaucho Named" Bruno. This square-off figures to give Lewis a good tune up for a fight with Tommy "The Doors" Morrison. Although Lewis has yet to fight anybody with a punch, the Lords of the Ring awarded him the WBC Championship belt, realizing what a big draw he would be in his one-time home country of England. After getting knocked out in eight, the first quote from Bruno in the Fight Doctor's post-fight interview is "But llamas are numero uno..."
Gary Bettman must have purchased the ABC pay-per-view college football package last weekend as 10 teams auditioned to be the next NHL expansion franchise. Bench clearing brawls broke out in games between Miami-Colorado, UNC-NC State, Maryland-Virginia Tech, Duke-UVA, and LSU-Tennessee. Don't look for any of the players to miss any action tomorrow, though, because the NCAA doesn't have a "fighting" rule in football equivalent to the one in place for college hoops, for which automatic suspensions are given to players who are kicked out of games for fighting and technicals are given to players who leave the bench and go on to the court. The NCAA, in fact, took comfort at the way the situations were handled by each school involved. Out of over 1,000 players and 150 coaches, only two meaningless assistant coaches were suspended for a game. Look for rule alterations to change this next year, though.
Speaking of the Sport of Canucks, the NHL once again rears its head into the living rooms of over one 100th of the American population with the start of the (very) regular season Tuesday night in cities as diverse as New York, Dallas, and Calgary.
Now that Dream Team II has been announced (Coleman, Dumars, Hardaway, LJ, Majerle, 'Zo, Shaq, Price, 'Nique, Steve Smith, and 2 TBA), we offer our list of notable omissions. First, Shawn Kemp as the big man and Mitch Richmond as the guard are our two choices to fill the TBA slots, much the way Drexler and the Minnesota Torch did for Dream Team Vol. I. As far as MIA goes, our list would include: Reggie Miller, Danny Manning, Terry Porter, Isiah, Dennis "Sporting" Rodman, Jim Jackson, Brad "Dunkin" Daugherty, Kenny Anderson, Billy O, Dee Brown, and The Vanilla Gorilla, Brad Lohaus. Of course the U.S. Olympic Committee will always make room on the roster for fan favorites like Reebok, Coke, and Ford Trucks.
We take this time to salute three of baseball's best ever, who are retiring after this season, Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Carlton Fisk. When Ryan was on his game, no pitcher was more dominant, as evidenced not only by his 7 no-hitters, but also by 12 one-hitters and more than 20 two-hitters. He struck out 383 batters in 1973, hurling against designated hitters rather than pitchers, and punched out everyone from Hank Aaron to Robin Ventura.
Brett was one of the top hitters in the game throughout his career, highlighted by overcoming a traumatic bout with hemmorhoids to hit .390 in 1980. Fisk will always be remembered around these parts for his dramatic homerun in the '75 Series, but will be noted in both Chicago and Boston for his durability, ability to hit for power and average, and his pitch selection behind the dish. Hall of Fame voters in 1998 should all have an easy time with their ballots.