One word I noticed that was never used in any of those obituaries was beloved.
Safe at Home
A 90-62 win over Phillips University of Enid, Okla., last week gave Southern Nazarene of Bethany, Okla., the nation's No. 2-ranked NAIA women's basketball team, its 102nd consecutive home victory dating back to Jan. 23, 1989. Nazarene plays its home games in Broadhurst Gymnasium, a 31-year-old on-campus facility that seats 1,800.
In a few months Nazarene will break ground for a $6 million gym, which will hold 3,980 spectators. Our question: Are you sure you want to move?
First Lady Wins an NC-er
The score last week from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Ky., was Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,000, Dick Vitale 600. That's the approximate number of people who queued up when this oddest of literary couples happened to be signing their books at separate tables in the store. Rodham Clinton was autographing her best-selling It Takes a Village, while Vitale was inking his Holding Court: Reflections on the Game I Love. The authors met briefly and exchanged inscribed copies. The First Lady wrote: "Best Wishes, Dick. Forever a fan." Dickie V responded with: "I really respect any individual who faces the pressure that you face on a daily basis. I truly have great respect for you. You're awesome, baby." At least he resisted the urge to call the first-time author a Diaper Dandy.
Last week's decision by U.S. Swimming to overturn the two-year suspension it had handed down on Feb. 14 to 15-year-old swimmer Jessica Foschi underscores just how thorny the issue of banned substances and Olympic eligibility is. Did Foschi knowingly take the banned anabolic steroid mesterolone before the U.S. Nationals last August? (She says no.) Did she gain competitive advantage from its presence in her system? (Some medical experts say no; others aren't so sure.) And regardless of what she knew or whether she benefited, should she have been banned in the interest of promoting "strict liability" in drug testing (i.e., if it's in your system, you're responsible)? U.S. Swimming (USS) first said no, then said yes, then said no.
Foschi has become a lightning rod for drug controversies which will only increase in number and complexity as the Olympics draw near. Questions about which banned substances should be allowed under what circumstances and how to handle the many cases that fall into the gray areas have international officials reeling in confusion. Some examples:
?A significant factor in the latest Foschi ruling was the decision Feb. 20 by FINA, swimming's international governing body, not to suspend Samantha Riley of Australia, the world-record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke. At the world short-course championships in December, Riley's coach, Scott Volkers, had given her Di Gesic, a prescription headache tablet that contains dextropropoxyphene. That drug is in the IOC's narcotic analgesic category and its use can result in a two-year suspension. FINA banned the coach and gave Riley only a warning on the grounds that she did not know she was taking a banned substance and gained no competitive advantage from having it in her system.