Financial concerns plagued the field. Two entries were without primary sponsors, and gas is so expensive, Roger Penske came very close to having Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. carpool.
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Big night for the troubled franchise. Pat Williams held up a back brace inscribed with OKAFOR 1.
In the playoffs Pacers forward Ron Artest was fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture at the end of Game 2. Wait a minute. I thought it was O.K. to make an obscene gesture on cable after 10 p.m.
For the first time all games in the conference finals will be on cable. Do you think David Stern would mind if, just until June 3, we referred to the league as NBA&E?
Not that there isn't any pro basketball on ABC. I think I saw former All-Star Shawn Kemp's name on the closing credits as "technical adviser" for My Wife and Kids.
This is getting a little out of hand. On the way back from Minneapolis for Game 6, Shaq was fouled 12 times at baggage claim.
Quick impression. Flip Saunders's wife: "You're not leaving this house until you put in the back screens...."
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The NHL wants young viewers. They're thinking about adding Simon Cowell as a goal judge.