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Online Poll
Which of these players most deserved an
All-Star selection?
A) Brad Radke B) Bobby Abreu
C) Greg Maddux D) Rob Nen
micnigandaily.com/sports

SPORiS

MONDAY
JULY 9, 2001

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J N

se reasons why the
NB has gone to hell

Have you ever heard a married person
say that one of the many pleasures of
tying the knot is that they don't have to
play the field anymore?
I have.
I've also heard recently employed
friends tell me that the best part of their
job is simply that it's work and scores of
other examples that prove the same
point.
But what happened to a high-school
athlete's notion that the best part of sign-
ing a letter of intent is the end of the
recruiting process? The point that I'm
getting at is No. 4,037 in my ever-grow-
ing list of reasons that the NBA has
gone to hell. It's a list that, in no particu-
lar order, contains the WNBA, Michael
Jordan retiring, Michael Jordan trying to
come back along with a nursing home
full of former stars and, of course, the
Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, for the most recent addition -
this year's free agent signing period.
Has anyone not heard about the
knock on Antonio Davis' door at 12:01

a.m. on July 1, the first day that teams
could negotiate with free agents? It was
Orlando's front office, getting an early
start on trying to nab the newly available
Davis.
Let's go full circle here as I attempt to
maintain some semblance of journalistic
integrity while giving you my ultimate
point.
Get ready basketball fans, because
Chris Webber may be suiting up for
your school - er, team - next season.
Please tell me that I'm not the only
person who is amused by watching the
NBA offseason turn into a far less inter-
esting version of college recruiting.
Why is Webber letting himself go
through this again? Why is he telling
media sources that there are 12-15
teams that he's trying to choose between
so that they can print meaningless sto-
ries informing the public that he's no
closer to a decision than he was yester-
day, when they last printed a story say-
ing that he had no idea where he was
See SCHWARTZ, Page 15

'Cold War'sales
ays, 0,000 plus
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports I at
The hottest ticket of the summer isn't N*Sync or the Dave
Matthews Band, and it certainly isn't the Detroit Tigers.
That honor belongs to an outdoor hockey game that won't
take place until this fall.
A record-setting sellout crowd of 72,027 is expected when
the Wolverines faces off against Michigan State on Saturday,
Oct. 6 in Spartan Stadium.
The collegiate attendance record of 21,575 was set when
these same two intra-state rivals met for the 1984 Great Lakes
Invitational.
The current world record for hockey attendance is 55,000,
set in Moscow's Lenin Stadium in 1957 when Sweden and the
Soviet Union did battle in a World Championship game. The
top American mark was set by the NHL's Tampa Bay Light-
ning, who attracted 28,183 hockey fans to the ThunderDome
in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Expect all those records to fall in October.
"This is unbelievable," Michigan State Athletic Director
Clarence Underwood said in a released statement. "It's amaz-
ing how the fans have embraced this event. There's no doubt
that this event will become one of the signature moments in
Spartan history."
Dr. Underwood made the decision to halt sales Saturday
after the Michigan State Ticket Office reported 61,000 tickets
had been sold in just nine business days.
The Spartan Ticket Office is holding 10,000 seats for its
students, who will be sitting in their usual seats for football
games.
A limited number of seats also remain to fill requests from
Michigan State's season-ticket holders.
The Michigan Ticket Office shut down its ticket sales on
Hot item
Tickets to the 'Cold War' have been anything but cold.
After selling over 60,000 tickets in nine business days
Michigan State put a freeze on ticket sales. Here is how
those sales progressed.
Day Total Ticket Sales
Day one June 25 32,000
Day five June 29 49,000
Day eight July 5 56,100
Day nine July 6 61,000

$~$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$

Courtesy of the Mchigan state Athletic Separtm
In East Lansing, people began camping out at 10 p.m. the
night before tickets went on sale for "The Cold War."
Friday. The Wolverines acquired an additional 1,000 tick
Friday morning, bringing Michigan's total to 6,000. Tho
lasted until 11 a.m.
"Right now we've sold all that were are going to sell," sa
Shari Wilcox, who was coordinating Cold War sales fo
Michigan Ticket Office.
About 500 tickets remain on hold for Michigan's stude
season-ticket holders.
It is possible that tickets could go back on sale if studen
and season-ticket holders fail to purchase the 11,027 seats th
are reserved for them. But according to both ticket office
tickets for the general public should be off the market f
good.
The excitement of this event began even before tickets w
on sale.
People began camping outside of Jenison Fieldhouse Tick
Office at 10 p.m. the previous night to purchase tickets
"The Cold War."
When the doors opened, the mob snatched up 3,000 ticke
from the walk-up window in the first two hours.
After the first day, an incredible 32,000 tickets were sol
That number included the initial 5,000 tickets allotted I
Michigan and another 20,000 that were earmarked for Sparta
season-ticket holders.
All of the prime $18 seats were sold during the first day
well.
The foot-traffic slowed in East Lansing, but the ph
kept things buoy, as four-digit sales became the daily norm
the next several days.
By Thursday, sales had reached 56,100 - topping tl
world record mark after eight business days.
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