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EA Sports Reports 5 Good Things about the End of the Strike

Column by Bo Light and Brian Petersen
Sports Columnists

We'd like to start this week by providing a rare correction. Thanks to Mibsy Brooks G and others who pointed out that our (editor-provided) headline incorrectly identified Reggie Lewis' newly-retired number as 32.

We are sorry to have such misinformation even associated with our column. Reggie's number was, of course, 33.

Inside Baseball

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, and any other team that might have had a chance in replacement ball, the players have finally agreed to end their strike, and Opening Day has been officially moved to April 26.

While many fans have become disenchanted with the sport of baseball and could care less about who is playing, we would like to offer a list of the Top Five Good Things about the end of the Strike (we couldn't think of 10).

5. We don't have to see Oil Can Boyd or Pedro Borbon pitch.

4. Blooper reels will be shorter.

3. Red Sox fans can watch Jose Canseco bobbling balls instead of some nobody.

2. Tiger manager Sparky Anderson got his job back.

1. Barry Bonds can afford his child support payments again.

In a side note, Bo Jackson, former slugger for the Royals, White Sox, and Angels, and inspiration to hip-replacement patients everywhere, announced this week that he was retiring from baseball to spend more time with his family.

Jackson, once this nation's most famous two-sport athlete, just ahead of Deion Sanders, Danny Ainge, and Renaldo Nehemiah, also played a nanny (a nanny?) in a recent episode of CBS's "Diagnosis Murder."

Bo knows acting?

On the Ice

It was hard to miss this if you live in the Boston area, but Boston University defeated Maine 62 to take the NCAA hockey championship.

The Maine players, coming off the longest game in tournament history, a 43 triple overtime thriller against Michigan, seemed tired in the final. BU, on the other hand, skated circles around their opponents, played a dominating defense the entire game, and got a nearly flawless performance from freshman goaltender Tom Noble to take the victory.

The Terriers' lone mistake: In the second period, Maine got a two-on-one breakaway, and the BU defenseman chose to chase the puck, rather than cover the pass. The pass led to an easy goal to put the Black Bears on the scoreboard.

NFL Report

The big news this week: Herschel Walker, the erstwhile running back who was once worth half the Minnesota Vikings, signed with the New York Giants this week. The Giants needed the veteran runner to replace Dave Meggett, who was lured away to the Pats by Bill Parcells.

The reason Walker was available is our other big free agent news: the Eagles signed San Francisco running back Ricky Watters to a contract, and no longer needed Herschel.

The draft is becoming a more, not less, confused picture, as draft day approaches. Early on, it seemed defensive linemen Warren Sapp of Miami and Derrick Alexander of Florida State would be the top two picks, but poor performances at scouting combines, along with Sapp's reported positive test for marijuana, have dropped their stock considerably.

Now entering the picture are reports that Washington is attempting to trade for the top pick in order to secure Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter.

The 'Skins originally seemed sure to pick up Carter with the fourth pick, since Carolina and Jacksonville were looking for help on the defensive line, and the Oilers were certain to choose Steve McNair with the third pick. Now, a trade, possibly including a backup linebacker, seems a very real and plausible possibility. Look for a swap with Jacksonville, who will then take Sapp with the fourth pick.

College Hoops

As a tribute to a great 1994-1995 college basketball season, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 memories we have of this season. So here they are.

10. Manhattan, Old Dominion, Weber State, and Miami of Ohio - need we say more.

9. The emergence of super-sophs Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Joe Smith, Tim Duncan, Antonio McDyess, and Ray Allen. Unfortunately, each of these guys could be playing in the NBA next season.

8. The four-way tie between UNC, Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest for the ACC regular season crown.

7. The "Fab Five" Era ends without Michigan winning a national title.

6. UConn women, led by National Player of the Year Rebecca Lobo, finish the season 350 and are crowned national champs.

5. The "Wizard of Westwood" curse is lifted, as UCLA wins their first title in 20 years.

4. Randolph Childress leads Wake to the ACC title and a #1 tournament seed.

3. UNC 102, Duke 100

2. Big Country - who ever thought a big oafy guy from Gands, Oklahoma would ever lead a team to the Final Four. He's our tournament MVP.

1. DUKE SUCKS!

NBA Insights

In case you missed it over spring break (which you should have, or you weren't having enough fun), His Airness hit his first game-winning shot since his return in the Bulls triumph over the Hawks.

Ironically, Jordan's best friend Craig Ehlo played in the game for the Hawks. After the game Ehlo said, "He can't come back without me."

Four nights later, Jordan broke his own Madison Square Garden record by scoring 55 against the Knicks. Maybe John Starks should ask Ehlo for advice on how to defend Jordan.

In other league news, David Robinson was named NBA player of the month after leading the Spurs to a 142 record in March by averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Trivia Question

Last Sunday, the UConn Lady Huskies became only the second women's basketball team ever to finish a season undefeated, the other being Texas.

This week's question: Who was the last men's national basketball champion to finish a season undefeated and in what year did they accomplish this feat? Send your answers and comments to easports@the-tech.

Answer to last week's question: The Red Sox last won the World Series in 1918.

Correct answers were sent in by Henry Huang '96, Matt Congo '97, Hareenda Yalamanchili '97, and Tim Piwowar '97. Yalamanchili and Piwowar also knew that the Cubs and the White Sox were the two teams that have gone longer than Boston without winning the World Series. Congratulations to all the winners.