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KIRKPATRICK: Need I say more than Patrick Ewing? Actually, I think the Big East combines both power and finesse. A team like Syracuse has been able to win without brute strength.
KELLY: Sure, with the typical Big East stylist—6'8", 300-pound Andre Hawkins.
KIRKPATRICK: You mean The Claw?
KELLY: YOU talk Big East, you're talking Thug Ball. It's the greatest collection of hoods since West Side Story.
KIRKPATRICK: YOU calling Georgetown thugs? Ewing? Michael Graham? (May he R.I.P. at UDC.) Poor Patrick was constantly harassed, beat upon, abused.
KELLY: The prototype Big East player was Marvin Barnes. Look at the league. One fight after another.
KIRKPATRICK: That's what makes for excitement, intensity, action. Fights!
KELLY: HOW about Georgetown's Reggie Williams popping that Villanova guy in Lexington?
KIRKPATRICK: A mere bagatelle, especially when you're going for the national championship. Anyway, that appeals to the big-city crowd. That's the atmosphere. Street-fightin' men.
KELLY: There's a rumor Don King will be the next commissioner of the Big East.