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NORDIQUES ARE A TONIC; SPRING LOCKOUT FOOLISH

IT'S ONE OF THOSE opinionated days . . .

Wait a minute. Let me get this straight.

While I've been away, OD'ing on gumbo and crawfish ettoufee, I hear the Sabres are streaking on the road and struggling at home.

What's happening with the Aud? Is the Parks Department in charge of the ice?

No matter, the Quebec Nordiques can be counted upon to return up to up and down to down in the Sabres' world.
I can't believe the baseball owners are going to lock themselves out of spring training. Not only might it bankrupt some communities in Florida and Arizona, but there are significant financial jackpots involved for the moguls themselves.

For instance, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Blue Jays are scheduled to fly north for less than 48 hours in the middle of March to play two exhibition games in the SkyDome. If they sell out, as expected, it's serious money.

A lockout would not be the most diplomatic manner for the owners to begin their rich new contract with CBS-TV, either.
I'd like to think that Syracuse's victory over Georgetown, cracking the Capital Centre Jinx, was a watershed victory for the Orange. They even made their free throws, just like the big kids. But this doesn't look like an Eastern year in the Final Four. How about Kansas? Or Arkansas?
Enough already with the enormous baseball contracts: Reading about them gives me a headache.

Mark Langston was the highest-paid player in the game about a month ago. Where does he stand now, 10th?
Tell the truth. After watching the Denver Broncos, marinated, parboiled, scalloped, blackened, poached, grilled and deep fried by the 49ers, didn't you think, "Buffalo would have given San Francisco a better game?"

If the Bills play as a team at least 85 percent of the time, it wouldn't be far-fetched to see those red helmets come out of the chute in Tampa Stadium next Super Sunday.
America should import Australian tennis officials to improve the game in this country. They would have to be the same sort of officials who sent John McEnroe to bed without his supper.
I can't believe John Elway came out of Super Bowl XXIV without psychological scars that will take a long time to heal. From Terry Bradshaw's harsh criticism to the 49ers' cruel punishment, Elway collected a bag of bad thoughts he will have difficulty banishing.
"Three-peating" won't be automatic for San Francisco. The Niners have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL in 1990. It includes the Bears, Vikings and every playoff team except Denver and Buffalo, as well as the ornery AFC Central.
The way Bernie Nicholls crabbed about the Los Angeles Kings trading him to the New York Rangers, he must have just finished reading "Bonfire of the Vanities."
You know how some people use an antique bell or a treasured mantlepiece strictly for Christmastime? Maybe the NHL should do something like that with Mario Lemieux. They could unveil him just for the All-Star game and then re-veil him.

Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins go with the Stanley Cup playoffs like mistletoe goes with the Fourth of July.
Just once, I'd love to see Bills fans unleashed on the French Quarter during Super Bowl week.

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