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Richard Ditch
November 18, 2002
?Tommy Points?Chick in the Mail?Charles on O.J.
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November 18, 2002

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?Tommy Points
?Chick in the Mail
?Charles on O.J.

?When Pat Summerall and John Madden split, the Celtics team of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn became the longest-running TV-sports-broadcasting pair. The duo recently covered their 1,000th game. "Working with Mike is like doing a game with your slippers on," Heinsohn, 68, tells SI. "We really feel comfortable with each other." Heinsohn, a former Celtics player and coach whose gravelly pipes have entertained fans since the 1960s, is enjoying a rebirth in the booth. Since last season he's been giving out Tommy Points for hustle plays (or, as he says, "for giving up your body in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness") and prompting fans to bring signs bearing the message I WANT A TOMMY POINT! Says Heinsohn, "Mike tells me, Jesus Christ, Tommy, here we are 20 years later, and you've become a cult hero.' "

?The honors keep rolling in for Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, who died in August. Last Thursday, Hearn's widow, Marge, learned that President Bush had signed a law designating a U.S. post office in Encino, Calif., as the Francis Dayle "Chick" Hearn Post Office. In September a station on the Metro Blue Line in L.A. was named for Hearn, and on Nov. 24, Marge will be at the Staples Center for Chick Hearn Night as the Lakers raise a jersey bearing Hearn's name. Says Marge, "He would never have believed the impact he had on people."

? Charles Barkley isn't holding back as a talk-show host. During last week's Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson, Barkley offered legal advice to O.J. Simpson, who failed to show up for a court hearing concerning a boating violation: "I keep trying to tell you, O.J.: Once you kill people and get away with it, you have to obey the law."