The average Iraqi takes his soccer about as seriously as the average Hoosier takes his basketball. But apparently a sense of decorum does prevail.
Last week the Iraqi Football Association, under the orders of Udai Hussein, son of president Saddam Hussein, removed national coach Adnan Dirjal after he lost control during his team's 3-2 loss to North Korea in a World Cup qualifying match in Qatar. Dirjal had bullied a ref, boycotted a news conference and thrown a chair onto the field. Gee, we can't remember when we've seen such a sorry exhibition.
Broadway Blues, a new book by longtime New York Daily News hockey writer Frank Brown, chronicles the woeful 1992-93 season of the New York Rangers. Though the publisher, Sagamore, intended to market the book at $19.95, Brown knew what price would hook Ranger fans, whose team hasn't won the Stanley Cup in 53 years; the book will sell for $19.40.