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Speaking of long series, now that the 19 or 190 or 1,900 teams from foreign lands have finished their campus tours and finally returned home—Yugoslavia Red Star won the American League pennant with a 4-5 record against our undergraduates, and the USSR took the National League flag with an 8-6 mark; they will play it off in Moldavia on Feb. 29—isn't it about time LSU coach Dale Brown brought Arvidas Sabonis out of hiding and enrolled him in some Cajun cooking courses in Baton Rouge? As it turns out, the biggest disappointment of the multinational visits was not that Sabonis didn't show up—the Duke student animal section was reduced to displaying signs asking WOULD YOU NAME YOUR SON VALERY?—but that Team Turkey didn't have the gizzards to stay around until Turkey Day. However, the Turks did provide the captain of SI's all-emigr� name team—the one and only Levant (Stick) Popsikal, whose teammates are Rajko (Rizzo) Zizic, Yugoslavia Red Star; Danko (Very Much) Cvijecicanin, Yugoslavia; Attila (The Pun) Kovac, Pungary; and Dariusz (Go On With This?) Zelig, Poland. Go On With This is obviously a figment of the imagination of Woodiusz Allen, as evidenced by the fact that he scored 33 points in the Poles' 83-73 upset of Southern Cal in Los Angeles.
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Dick Vitale, in the Dec. 15 issue of Basketball Times: "What will the three-point play mean? 1) It will open up the lane because teams won't be able to pack in their zone defenses. 2) It will create more motion in the game. 3) It'll bring back those suburban jump shooters into the game. In the eyes of many the shot is too close, but I think it is just right."
Dick Vitale on the Nov. 22 N.C. State—Navy telecast: "[The three pointer]...is a chippie for most kids. It has spoiled the game because it's become the dominant part of the game. I like to see a game of art and beauty.... This is a real farce in the college game. I don't like it."
Say, would you guys like to go on at halftime together?
All seriousness aside, here's a personal view on the triyechta shot: Get rid of it—from any distance—fast, before this wonderful game becomes nothing more than five stationary wimps unloading from the half-moon line, followed by their opposing number doing the same thing at the other end, and we wind up with something that resembles a soccer shootout in a pinball arcade. USC coach George Raveling said it best: "Naismith must be vomiting."
Like all Orthodox Jewish males, the boys on Miami's Hebrew Academy basketball team wear their yarmulkes at all times, even on the hardwood. So it came as a shock when referees, citing National Federation's basketball rules prohibiting players from wearing headgear unless it is for protection, asked the Warriors to remove their skullcaps prior to their opener against Interamerican Academy. When the Warriors refused, the game was postponed.