Last Saturday, in an intriguing variation on today's popular trade-guns-for-some-thing programs, Prince—the sporting-goods company, not the purple-clad singer—gave a tennis racket to every youngster who handed in a video-game cartridge. Two hundred kids made the swap at SportsTown, an Atlanta sporting-goods store.
Monica Seles did not return to action at the Virginia Slims of Chicago tournament this week and so became, according to the Women's Tennis Association computer, a nonperson. A player must compete in at least three tournaments over a 12-month period to maintain a ranking, and, because she was stabbed at a tournament in Hamburg on April 30, Seles has participated in only two during that span. Because the WTA bases its tournament seedings on computer rankings, the question is: Should Seles be unseeded in the first tournament she enters, or should she be given a dispensation—namely a high seed—because of her No. 1 ranking before the attack?
This issue has caused much hand-wringing in women's tennis in recent weeks. But look, there's only one way to settle it, and we would be amazed if the networks aren't thinking about it—a million-dollar, winner-take-all showdown between Seles and Steffi Graf, the No. 1 player right now. Not only would tennis fans eat it up, but the match would also give the WTA a fix on whether Seles's skills have diminished or whether she is the grunting, baseline basher of old.
Hooray for Hollywood
NBA scouting director Marty Blake was around when pro teams rode buses from arena to arena, so one can imagine his surprise when he went one-on-one with high-budget Hollywood. Blake has a minor—very minor—role in the movie Blue Chips, starring Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal, and he was recently summoned to California to "re-loop" his scene. Blake was flown first-class from his home in Atlanta to Los Angeles, met by a limousine at the airport and housed in a swank hotel. And what were those all-important lines?
"Yep," says Blake.
No, really, Marty, what were they?
"Yep," says Blake. Yep, that was his only line—yep.
Says Blake, "But I said it perfectly the second time."
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