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Monday, July 9, 2001 - The Michigan Daily --V

SCHWARTZ What's more, who wouldn't love the
tinkle-tinkle coitest going on now
angfelduinks mul" Continued from Page 14 between Webber and David Robinson,
with whose hideously boring style of play
ear deal with Ottawa going, thus leaving fans thirsting for could only fit the Spurs? Robinson,
more and more stories, even ones that who originally offered to take a lower
On Wednesday, the Ottawa Senators say absolutely nothing? salary so that the Spurs could play sec-
igned former Wolverine forward Josh Hasn't he already learned ond fiddle to Lucifer's Lakers
angfeld to a multi-year deal. his lesson from the last time for a little while longer, now
During his four years at Michigan he was wooed by half the wants his market value.
.angfeld compiled 129 points on 65 country? In fact, sometimes I This much fun isn't healthy.
oals and 64 assists in 168 games. amuse myself by imagining Only one person has risen
He also scored the game-winning him receiving 150 letters a i " above the whole thing. It's
rtime goal against Boston College to day from NBA teams, some that snively little weasel
ure the 1998 NCAA Championship including his picture with David Stern, the league's
br Michigan. their jerseys superimposed on commissioner. He's succeed-
Stufreports it. ed in one sense --the NBA's
S________EF _ Now I don't blame Webber Robinson luxury tax means that free
for this madness (after all, agents don't have too many
ian breaks record having renounced any affection for the choices.
NBA, I find nothing but humor in this Stern is No. 1 on my list of reasons
or hot dog eating most recent pitfall of the league.) He's not to give up on the NBA just yet. I'm
accepting the realization that when you still waiting for a No. 2.
NEW YORK (AP) - A man inhaled have market value you take it, It's just too bad that in a
record 50 hot dogs in just 12 minutes no matter how ridiculous the few weeks the whole mess
Vednesday to destroy his stunned com- market may be. will be over. Webber will be
*ition in the annual Nathan's frank- If Allan Houston (who's in either Sacramento or
rter eating contest. had about six clutch moments Detroit when he realizes that
Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, in his in his life) can sign for $100 there are two teams that can
irst-ever attempt at the contest, left million, Webber should make pay him his market value. I'll
ompetitors with their jaws agape as he sure that his talents are appro- have to stop throwing this
nocked back more than four dozen priately rewarded. brick at the NBA until next
anks with obvious relish. If Davis, who has enough season, when the NBA takes
The 5-foot-7, 131-pound Kobayashi talent to cook the Fab Fiver an another trip back to college.
urpassed the old record of 25 in just 5 omelet, can induce a midnight Webber That's fine, because in the
ainutes, 13 seconds. Kobayashi didn't wake-up call, Webber should be listen- meantime, I'll go back to the Timber-
until he had doubled that number, ing for the doorbell. wolves-Joe Smith scandal, when the
omplete with the buns. My only question is why. The Sacra- NBA unveiled that it its teams have
Kobayashi, 23, employed a technique mento Kings are heading in the right just a bit less credibility than the XFL.
ubbed "the Solomon method" - snap- direction. Out of nowhere, they've That can keep me laughing for
ing the hot dogs in half, then shoving become a fun team to watch. They months on end.
oth pieces into his mouth. By the end of even got rid of that bum Jason
he 12-minute event, the rest of the 19- Williams. Oh, and they're offering If you want to hear reasons 1-4,036
member field had stopped eating to about 120 million boatloads of Ben- why the NBA has gone to hell, e-mail
atch Kobayashi. jamins to help seal the deal Jon Schwartz atjlsz@imich.edu.
oiedfPage14 MASTER KEY tr.
inec the very beginning, (Michigan
tate ) coach (Ron) Mason has said 30
r 40 thousand would be great," Michi-,
an State Sports Information Director 734 m
oho Lewandowski said. "No one
xpected this to all happen so quickly" a RV &,CARNSTORAGE
Suddenly, the Cold War was national
ews, and collegiate hockey saw its CLIMATE CONTROL
reatest exposure since the Frozen Four. * MONTj-TO-MONTH
"We even got a call from (former "I NA
higan State basketball coach) Jud E T
eathcote," Lewandowski said. "He e 7-DAY ACCESS
alled to congratulate us after he read e ELECTRONIC SECURITY GATES
ut it in the Spokane (Wash.) paper."
The nationwide publicity generated GIVE US A CHANCE TO BEAT
y topping the world-record bs t1a-mark N O EE S ' A E
urday kept the phoises busyrat 1-0 ANYONE ELSE'S RATES
0-STATE for most of the final clay.
O-TT o oto h ia aAe"It's been a steady stream for all nine A e y u C i e e
a ean wisad r a n001Are you Chinese?
ays," Lewandowski said Friday. "But"
eyve really been flooded with calls
if you were born in China, Taiwan, Hong
tickets began to dwindle, any and Kong,eMacao, r Singapore
"We've been giving out low endzone And you have lived in the U.S. for at least
ats," Lewandowski said. "And we've
een telling people, 'You may not be
le to see the game well,' but they don't 5 yrs. total...
re.
Many people underestimated the pop
arity of this event and delayed too long Participate in a study of biculturals & psychology!
cure their seats.
ople thought that they could wait
11 the day of the game and purchase Earn l .2 in a 1 hour session.
kets in the l11th hour," Lewandowski
id. "That's not going to happen.' Call At .nda at 734-769-5633 or
Perhaps even Spartan Stadium isn't e-mail assiauich.edu
g enough to hold this event.

Knight Commission calls for
end to 'disgraceful' NCAA

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
The Knight Commission, composed
of 28 current and former college presi-
dents and higher education officials, con-
cluded that a "disgraceful environment"
exists in collegiate sports.
Its most publicized proposal was to
require a 50 percent graduation rate in
order to compete for conference champi-
onships or postseason events.
"Penalizing around the post-season
sounds good, but it is very difficult to get
that operational," said Michigan Profes-
sor of Education Percy Bates, who also
co-chairs the NCAA's Management
Council.
Thirty-four percent of basketball play-
ers at the nation's largest colleges finish
school, and the graduation rate is 48 per-
cent for football players. At Michigan,
the most recent rates were 41 percent for
football players and 17 percent for men's
basketball players. The Wolverines' over-

all graduation rate for athletes was 6E
percent. The Knight Foundation also
called for the removal of commercial
logos from uniforms.
Bates doesn't believe the commercial
influence on college sports is threatened
by any ofthis talk.
"You can't have it both ways," Bates
said. "If you are going to have outside
forces funding your program, they are,
going to want recognition. That could be
advertisements, uniform logos or even
naming stadiums."
Bates' biggest concern with the
Knight Foundation's report is a lack of
solutions.
The foundation has no official role in
making NCAA regulations. It is an out-
side body that acts as the conscience of
college sports.
"They are well known visible people,
and when they speak people listen,"
Bates said. "I just wish they would have
provided more reasonable ideas that we
could make operational."

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