It's cruel to leave this landmark lingering (but necessary, I'm told, because a hasty demolition might damage the FleetCenter). This was where Havlicek stole the ball and Orr scored the Goal, where kids like me entered clasping their fathers' hands, feeling sure this was the night some new sports magic would be conjured up. I've passed the gutted Garden 20 times, and the sight jolts me still, as though the wrecking ball had crashed into my own living room and left a gaping hole in a lifetime of memories.
World Cup '98
It's Fatale for Femmes
In spoken French, it's a short jump from les filles s'en foutent (girls don't give a damn) to les filles sans foot (girls without football). With the World Cup set to begin on June 10, either phrase could describe the filles in the host nation. An estimated 80% of French women profess not to give a damn about the Cup, and many are rallying around a campaign of Gallic disdain that includes anti-soccer Web sites, TV networks planning to counterprogram matches with romantic movies, and cafés proclaiming themselves foot-free zones.
For several weeks at the fabled Folies-Bergère, a male strip troupe known as California Dream Men will be offering le Monty complet in a Widows of the World Cup spectacular. The Chippendales will also be on tour, baring their can-cans at clubs throughout the country. According to promoters, most of the reservations for the tour have come from husbands "to make up for their excessive soccer watching." That beau geste may not be enough, however. Because of the Cup, French sociologists are predicting a steep rise in the divorce rate.