[Thump up]To Lewis Stiller, a computer scientist at Johns Hopkins, who solved a classic chess problem by showing that a king, bishop and rook can defeat a king and two knights—a situation heretofore thought to be a draw—in 223 moves.
[Thump up]To the NFL, for reviving its Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Before the contest was discontinued in 1979, its participants included future NFL quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Bernie Kosar, as well as golfer John Daly and baseball star George Brett.
[Thump down]To Dick Vitale, whose magazine, Dick Vitale's Basketball, predicts that Northern Iowa will finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference and fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Panthers play only in the MVC.