Manhattan College forward Brendan O'Brien might not have Spanarkel's eyesight, but he shares his savvy. When teammate Keaton Hyman had to leave a Feb. 3 game against Canisius after losing one of his contact lenses on the court, O'Brien, who is redshirting this season, promptly plucked out one of his own contacts and gave it to Hyman. Hyman reentered the game and helped the Jaspers to a 72-60 victory. "I told Brendan that he made as big a contribution as anybody," says Manhattan coach Fran Fraschilla. "I also told him what he did might be against the health codes of 31 states."
Mag's Best Friend
At the Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show at San Francisco's Cow Palace earlier this month, a group of Dalmatian fanciers hawked subscriptions to their newsletter. Its title: Spots Illustrated.
Guy, Part III
Last Thursday, 55 days after setting out from the Cape Verde Islands off western Africa, French adventurer Guy Delage (SCORECARD, Nov. 28, 1994, et seq.) hauled himself out of the surf and onto the island of Barbados to become the first person to swim the Atlantic. Though the 42-year-old Delage received a hero's welcome on the beach, some observers remained unimpressed with his feat, complaining that he regularly interrupted his swimming for rest periods and leisurely meals on the 15-foot, radio-and fax-equipped raft he towed behind him and that ocean currents helped carry him much of the way. French Olympic swimmer Stefan Caron went so far as to refer to Delage's swim as "a long, warm bath."
Delage, who endured jellyfish stings and a shark attack during the 2,400-mile crossing, seemed unsettled by his critics. "I'm coming back from a virgin, uncorrupted place," he said. "The return to humanity risks being a bit tough."