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Rock Around the Clock
You left out a terrific example of jocks and rock enjoying a close relationship. How many sports facilities are named for a rock musician? Indiana University's 100,000-square-foot indoor training center is called the John Mellencamp Pavilion. Mellencamp, the Grammy Award-winning singer who is a resident of Bloomington and an avid supporter of Hoosiers athletics, made a substantial donation to the university which helped to finance the structure.
I wish you had included the Grateful Dead's big contribution to sports: sponsoring the Lithuanian basketball team at the 1992 Olympics. The Dead's generosity was crucial in helping the team prepare for the Games that year. I'll never forget the smiles on the Lithuanians' faces as they received their bronze medals, clad in their tie-dyed shirts and warmups.
A mature observer might conclude that the real bond between athletes and musicians is their mutual egomania and delusions of hero status, wrought by the ridiculous incomes a sycophantic society affords them.
Two Detroit Lions, Hall of Fame defensive back Lem Barney and running back Mel Farr, can be heard on Marvin Gaye's classic What's Going On as background singers and in the banter between choruses. Barney and Fair were big fans, and Gaye was a frustrated wide receiver with decent hands and speed.
Real World Intrusion
If Divac is against the NATO campaign, how can he justify making a good living in the country that bombed his family? Do Divac's sleepless nights in the Salt Lake City Marriott really compare with the troubled nights that thousands had in refugee camps?
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