Would Bulls Wilt in Series for the Ages?
The streaking Chicago Bulls are on a pace to break the Lakers’ 1971-72 NBA record of 69 victories in a season.
So how would the team led by Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West fare against today’s Bulls?
Bill Sharman, coach of the ’72 Lakers, who won a record 33 consecutive games, told Clifton Brown of the New York Times:
“Of course, I’m partial, but because of Wilt and the way he dominated inside, I think our team would win a seven-game series against the Bulls.”
Trivia time: Who holds the Super Bowl record for most interceptions in a game?
A big load: In an interview with Irv Kaze on Friday on radio station KIEV, Hank Stram, former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, had this to say about the Dallas Cowboys’ 300-pound offensive linemen:
“The game of football is X’s and O’s. In their case, it should be O and X, which spells Ox.”
Just shoe it: The Pittsburgh Steelers’ versatile Kordell Stewart is pondering his endorsement future.
“The marketing people have to come get me,” the rookie quarterback/wide receiver/punter said. “It would be nice to put on my own shoe. I could wear it to church, I could wear it out on the golf course, and I could probably go skiing with it because ‘Slash’ can pretty much do anything.”
Waaaah! Rick Hummel in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “In a rare interview, Cleveland’s mild-mannered Albert Belle said he wasn’t actually yelling at Hannah Storm when he staged his much-publicized dugout shouting display during the World Series.
“ ‘I thought it was Lesley Visser,’ Belle said. ‘I wish it was Lesley Visser, because I don’t like her.’ ”
Vicious: Peter Vecsey in the New York Post: “Dominique Wilkins was fined 50G and suspended a game by his team in Greece as a result of a verbal war with his coach. The Celtics paid it in hopes he won’t return to Boston.”
Cheap skate: Some midseason NHL awards from Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
“The ‘Drink, No Drive’ Award: To Winnipeg’s Keith Tkachuk, he of the $17-million contract, who stiffed a brewery-backed charity drive after accepting 15 cases from the same company for a players’ party.
“The ‘We Don’t Want to See What’s in Your Crawl Space’ award: To the Blackhawks’ Bob Probert, who, when asked to do a TV interview, said: ‘Sure, but I have to get my teeth--they’re in my trunk.’ ”
Local knowledge: Syracuse basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, after a blizzard forced a two-day postponement of his team’s game at Rutgers:
“Right now we’re just happy to be home--in a town where they know how to use snowplows.”
Looking back: On this day in 1991, the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Fla. It was the first of four consecutive Super Bowl losses for the Bills.
Trivia answer: Rod Martin of the Oakland Raiders, with three against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.
Quotebook: Norman Chad in the Washington Post on the computerized puck used on the NHL All-Star game telecast: “Frankly, I felt like I was watching a ‘Road Runner’ cartoon.”