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Other teams in the NBA would jump at a chance to get Laimbeer from the Pistons if they could. He can score, rebound, pass, set picks, take a charge, play defense and unnerve opposing players, fans and the referees. Add his leadership qualities and his presence in the lineup for every game, and Laimbeer sounds like a complete player to me.
First, although I always stay until the end of the game, many fans leave early to beat the traffic, as McCallum noted. I blame this largely on The Palace's management. It can take half an hour to get out of the parking lot. Second, I find the scoreboard dot race to be an offensive use of video technology. I wear my coat over my head and plug my ears to avoid this insult to my intelligence. I also resent the commercials that are shown. I don't mind commercials when watching games for free at home on TV, but I do mind when I have forked over the price of a ticket.
One of my favorite boneheaded errors occurred on Nov. 19, 1978, when the New York Giants were leading the Philadelphia Eagles 17-12 with less than a minute remaining in the game. All Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik had to do was drop down on one knee and New York would have won the game. Instead, offensive coordinator Bob Gibson called for a hand-off to fullback Larry Csonka. Pisarcik failed to get a firm grip on the snap, and the ball glanced off Csonka's hip. Herman Edwards, an Eagle cornerback, picked up the ball and ran 26 yards for a touchdown. Philadelphia won 19-17.
HIRED TO BE FIRED
E.M. Swift's excellent article about the firings of coaches, managers, etc., comes at a time when Mike Lude, athletic director at the University of Washington, is being forced to retire after 15 years in the position and about a year from the school's mandatory retirement age of 70.