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The buzz

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published March 6, 2005


THUMBS UP

Mallory Code. In a fight for her life against adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in a Denver hospital, the former Chamberlain golf star has been a symbol for the word "courage."

THUMBS DOWN

Congress. With all due respect, don't these people have anything else to worry about besides the use of steroids in baseball?

OVERRATED

The Blue Monster

Randy Moss' impact

UNDERRATED

Creative streaking

Roger Maris The power of an asterisk

QUOTABLE FOR THE WRONG REASONS

"I have started to realize that I am really just a world athlete and a world entertainer ... I am a world-known person, I am a global icon." - The always-humble Serena Williams.

WHINE AND CHEESE

This isn't about old events. This is about current ones. Temple basketball coach John Chaney not only demeaned St. Joe's players, he humiliated one of his own, reducing him to thug status. A pro coach tries that, his players will get their revenge. In college, it is up to the university. And if a university would fire a teacher for turning a student into a street punk fighter, then it should fire Chaney. End of story.

- Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

WIDE WORLD OF WEIRD

A South Boston hockey dad claims he was acting in self-defense when he head-butted another man who swore at him during a game. After knocking the other man to the ground, he was informed the man he struck was an off-duty cop. Oops! ... A hockey rink employee in Rochester, N.Y., was arrested for allegedly using a camera phone to take photographs of showering female players. According to court documents, a man who owns a concession stand said he saw the employee looking into a shower area being used by female members of a recreational hockey league. He said he later saw the man showing his cell phone to another rink employee. "It dawned on me that (he) was probably photographing (women) in the shower," wrote the concession stand owner. Ya think?

Information from various sources used in this report.