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Warren, Faulk Both Break O.J.'s Pro Bowl Record

By Bo Light
and Brian Petersen
Sports Columnists

Welcome to Everything About Sports (EA Sports for short), our new and improved column, now with lemon-fresh scent, and still no Chris Berman nicknames. We hope this will be a weekly column, but sudden overflow in the opinion section of the sports department has left that up in the air. Anyway, on to the action.

Football

Yes, there's still football. If anyone was watching, the AFC romped 41-13 over the NFC in a game that saw both Chris Warren (of Seattle) and Marshall Faulk (Indianapolis) break the Pro Bowl rushing record, formerly held by everyone's favorite little slasher, O.J. Simpson.

Highlight of the game: after Faulk broke the record with a 40-yard run (Warren had broken it approximately thirty seconds earlier), Bryan Cox snuck up behind the running back and dumped the Gatorade on his head - a 16 oz. cup of Gatorade, that is.

By the way, we'd like to point out that two weeks ago this column called for the heads of Wayne Fontes, Art Shell, and Dave Shula. Last week, Shell was fired as head coach of the Raiders, and Shula is on thin ice.

The prediction most likely to come true next: Steve McNair, QB, Houston Oilers.

America's Pastime

The emergence of the minor hockey leagues on to the national scene may be a sign of things to come for baseball, which at last check was still in the middle of a strike (and Mao Tse Tung is still dead).

With no major league ball to keep people occupied for hours, the minor league teams, which have cheaper tickets and play more exciting baseball anyway, should see ticket sales soar this season.

And as if baseball didn't have enough problems already, President Clinton is stepping in. Just one more thing for Bob Dole to fix after he is elected President in '96. We will return for the second half of our column after this word from our sponsor.

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FIFA Soccer Game of the Week

In this weekly installment, we bring you the results of our latest FIFA '94 soccer game, played on Super Nintendo (TM).Italy 21, Germany 14

The Germans, behind the amazing shooting of Klaus Hoeflich, went on a 50 run to take an 116 lead at halftime, and things looked bleak for Italy when star forward Roberto Favaro was sent off in the 51st minute.

However, a change of tactics and some shrewd personnel moves brought the Italians to a 1313 tie in the 70th minute, and midfielder-turned-forward Tony Luppa scored four of Italy's last eight goals to bring home the victory.

Man of the Match: Joe Della-Savia, ITA (9 goals, 3 assists)

College Hoops

Pete's Top 10:

1. UCLA 14-2

2. Kentucky 15-3

3. North Carolina 18-2

4. UConn 17-1(2)

5. Maryland 18-5

6. UMass 17-2.5

7. Kansas 17-3

8. Arizona 17-4

9. Syracuse 16-3

10. Missouri 16-3

The combination of the O'Bannon brothers and Tyus Edney will make UCLA a strong contender come March. After leading 2927 over Notre Dame on last Sunday, UCLA exploded in the second half and eventually won by 37, thus proving they can turn it on when they need to.

North Carolina drops to third after losing to Joe Smith and company Tuesday night. That win propelled the Terps to fifth. UConn is fourth. You ask why? Because we predict the Orangemen are going to blow Jimmy Calhoun's Pups out at the Carrier Dome in this weekend's Big East Clash of the Titans.

The Minutemen (playing without Marcus Camby for a couple more weeks) are sixth after losing to GW and losing the first half of Tuesday's suspended game at Rutgers (Rutgers 31, UMass 29).

Eddie's Insights

And finally, Edward Grauman '96 comes to us this week with his bold prediction for the rest of the college season. Grauman predicts Duke will pass NC State for eighth place in the ACC, and qualify for the ACC tournament. They will go on to win the ACC tournament, and go on to the Final Four.

NBA Hoops

All-star weekend is back, and once again basketball fans will get to watch the boring festivities Saturday evening on TNT. We, the fans, will once again have to painfully listen to Doug Collins and company do their best impersonations of Fox's "It's the Terry Bradshaw Half-time Show".

Another All-Star weekend means another boring dunk contest. We haven't found the dunk contest to be exciting since the classic Michael vs. 'Nique showdown in 1988. This weekend fans will be treated to the same old dunks everyone sees year after year. Sorry folks, but everything has been done. At least the NBA canned the Geezer Game for the Rookie Game.

What would a sports column be if we didn't give our two cents on who should start in the All-Star game? For the West, we would have Seattle's Shawn Kemp and the Lakers's Cedric Ceballos as the starting forwards. Unfortunately, Ceballos, who is averaging 22 points-per-game and 8.6 rebounds-per-game, is out this weekend with an injury. Hakeem gets the nod over Mister Robinson at center.

At guard would be Sacremento's Mitch Richmond, who is seventh in the league in scoring, and Seattle's ever-improving Gary Payton (20.1 points-per-game, 7.3 assists-per-game).

For the East, Charlotte's Larry Johnson and Detroit's Grant Hill, who is the first rookie ever to lead the league in votes, would start at forward. Sorry Scottie Pippen, but you suck.

Patrick Ewing starts at center (Sorry Shaq, we've liked Patrick since his Georgetown days, and besides, it's our column.), while Penny Hardaway and Philly's Dana Barros will start at guard. Barros (who is in the Top 25 in every statistical category), like Payton, may be highly under publicized, but they are both having tremendous years.

By the way, the West will win 130118.

Trivia Question

When and where was the first NBA All-Star game played, and who was the MVP? Send answers, comments, and copies of "Casey at the Bat" to easports@the-tech.mit.edu. Winners receive free tickets to the IM basketball All-star game, held daily in Rockwell Cage.

Answer to last week's question: Fay Vincent was the last Commissioner of Baseball; he was fired by the owners for daring to invoke the "best interests of baseball" clause. Congratulations to Martin Duke '97 and Professor Jack Liefer for sending in correct answers.

And Finally...

If you noticed just above, we have a new account; just one more feature of our new and improved column! That's right, nothing is too good for our readers.

So from now on, send all your questions, comments, and trivia answers to easports@the-tech.mit.edu, where they will be read, considered, and cheerfully deleted by one of our secretaries.