?By hundreds of U.S. companies, employee access to online sports sites during the NCAA basketball tournament. Companies including Travelers Insurance and several banks were responding to the reduction in employee productivity and the heavy stress on computer networks that has accompanied March Madness in recent years.
?By Hollywood's Saville Productions, the film rights to the life story of British plasterer cum ski jumper Eddie (the Eagle) Edwards, who provided comic relief at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Saville is pitching the story as a hybrid of Rocky and The Full Monty.
?By Calgary radio station CJAY 92FM, an on-air contest in which listeners attempted to distinguish exclamations recorded during curling competitions, such as "Hurry, hurry, hard!" and those from adult films.
?The ad slogan "Feel the Power," by Drakkar Noir men's cologne. For six years the phrase was used by the NFL, which last year dropped it in pursuit of a kinder, gentler image. The motto is being used in ads featuring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
?At Nebraska, cheerleader stunts such as flips, tumbles and pyramids. The school recently agreed to a $2.1 million settlement with a Cornhuskers cheerleader who was severely injured while practicing an acrobatic flip in 1996. Nebraska administrators say their insurance costs are too high to permit such dangerous stunts.
?The appearance of Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi by 24-year-old Toronto infield prospect Orlando Hudson. "He's a smooth-looking cat," Hudson said. "He looks like he was a pimp back in the day." Hudson, who said his observation was meant as a compliment, was subsequently optioned to Triple A.