He's Always Been Known for Soft Touch
By MAL FLORENCE
Bob Kravitz of the
Rocky Mountain News, on how Ahmad Rashad would have conducted the Jim Gray
interview of Pete Rose:
Big night for you. Pete: Yeah, the ovation I got was very nice and I
"Ahmad: You must be
thrilled. Pete: Sure, it's a wonderful night for me and my family.
"Ahmad: Michael Jordan is my best friend
in the whole world. Pete: So I hear.
"Ahmad: Bob, Joe, back to you in the
* * * More Gray: Tom
FitzGerald in the San Francisco Chronicle: "I'm glad [Gray] didn't get a
chance to interview Jane Fonda," says Bob Lacey of Miramar. "I really
don't want to hear about her visit to Vietnam anymore."
* * * Trivia time: Which
school holds the Pacific 10 record for fumbles lost in a game?
* * * Needle Department:
From the Gallery column of the San Diego Union Tribune: Log on to "The
Baseball Heckle Depot" (http://www.heckledepot.com/) and
here's a sampling of what you will find:
For batters: "You couldn't drive home
For umpires: "Punch a hole
in that mask; you're missing a good game."
* * * Ho-hum: Phoenix Sun
Coach Danny Ainge, a former teammate of Charles Barkley, on Barkley's
announcement that this is his final NBA season: "He retires every year."
* * * Shhhh: Albert Belle
has endorsed Eddie Murray to be the next manager of the Orioles.
"Makes perfect sense," said Tony
Kornheiser of ESPN the Magazine, "because neither talks to the media. The
Orioles would become the Mime Dream Team, especially where Albert is
concerned, since he spent much of last season going through the motions."
* * * Wild gathering: Tonya
Harding's agent also represents Joey Buttafuoco, John Wayne Bobbitt, Kato
Kaelin and Gennifer Flowers.
Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: "That must be some agency party."
* * * Trivia answer: UCLA,
eight, in a 1975 game against USC. The Bruins won, 25-22, and then in the
Rose Bowl defeated Ohio State, 23-10.
* * * And finally: Lou
Holtz, whose 0-8 South Carolina team faces No. 4 Tennessee today: "I'm
looking forward to going to Tennessee. I'm just not looking forward to
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