Yes, he should have been suspended, and for a lot longer than five games. A half season (eight games) suspension would have been better, an entire season best of all.
Not So Fan-tastic
Hakeem Olajuwon dropped by the Georgia World Congress Center last week to catch some of an Olympic men's team handball game between Russia and the U.S., and sadly, he must have felt right at home. With yahoo P.A. announcer Mike Noble bellowing for the crowd to "pump it up" and "make a little noise out there," and with such arena rock standards as Shout! and Great Balls of Fire blaring at excruciating volume during every break in the action, the ambience was far more NBA than Olympic. In fact, it bordered on monster truck. The same sonic assault is occurring at other Olympic venues, where, to the pounding beat of apoplexy-inducing tunes like Y.M.C.A., some announcers seem more intent on hyping the event than on providing information.
Atlanta organizers acknowledge that the expanded role of music and announcers is "a new concept for the Olympics" but say it "gets audiences involved and increases fan interest in the newer sports." Involved is one thing, shell-shocked is another. IOC rules rightly prohibit advertising in venues, mercifully sparing spectators the signage overload endured in pro arenas—and, more important, preserving the Olympic tone. They should pump down the volume as well.
Wilt Knew It All Along
A recent study by exercise physiologists at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., measured the impact that sexual intercourse has on maximal aerobic performance 12 hours later. Eleven men were given a treadmill exercise test 12 hours after doing the wild thing, then were tested again after a period of abstinence. The results revealed no detrimental effects on aerobic performance, and the conclusion drawn was that sex before, say, a marathon would not have a harmful effect on athletic performance.
Our question, though, is this: What's the impact of a treadmill exercise test on sex?
As indelibly as Willie Mays did with his basket catch and Sandy Koufax did with his curveball, Tommy Lasorda, who retired Monday after 20 years as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, brought a signature move to baseball: the hug. His unabashed embracing of his players was pure Lasorda, at once capturing his fervent enthusiasm, his devotion to the game and, given how he seemed to always turn up in camera range, his showmanship.
The diamond will sparkle a little less brightly now that another of baseball's top goodwill ambassadors is hanging up his uniform. Lasorda's retirement follows those of two other magnetic figures, Sparky Anderson and Kirby Puckett, who also called it quits recently. Lasorda, 68, who underwent an angioplasty on June 26 following a mild heart attack, got clearance from his doctors to return to the dugout but decided against managing because he was concerned about his heart, he said on Monday.