?At a meeting of the American Sociological Association, a paper by Oregon State assistant professor Steven Ortiz, "When Sports Heroes Stumble," in which Ortiz argues that a "culture of adultery" exists in U.S. pro sports. Among Ortiz's previous papers are "Competing for Power in Sport Families: The Wife and Controlling Mother-in-Law," "Strategizing Marital Survival: How Wives of Professional Athletes Cope with Groupies" and "The Sport Marriage as a Dysfunctional Institution."
?Of Eagles practice on Aug. 21, reporters from the Philadelphia Daily News and several Philly TV stations, because these media outlets had run helicopter shots of a closed workout during which the Eagles tested various shoes on Veterans Stadium's new artificial surface.
?A billboard erected in Louisville by the Louisville Slugger Museum boasting that it had MORE OLD BATS THAN A NEEDLEPOINT CONVENTION. After the Embroiderers' Guild of America, also based in Louisville, took issue, the sign was painted over to read OLD BATS.
?From the home of a Calgary businessman, seven limited-edition prints by noted sports artist Stephen Holland, depicting Wayne Gretzky. Because the prints, valued at about $11,000 each, are numbered and easily identifiable, police believe the theft might have been orchestrated by a collector not interested in reselling the artwork.
?By Charlotte's ABC affiliate last Thursday, embattled congressman Gary Condit's interview with Connie Chung. The station showed the Panthers-Ravens game.
?Of his Canada Games bronze medal, Daniel Blouin, who placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and then, to get a laugh, mooned the London, Ont., crowd. Organizers called the move unsportsmanlike.