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The Buzz

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2005

WHO'S HOT?

The NFL. After what appeared to be a lackluster initial response to Hurricane Katrina, the league should be commended for getting so many stars - past and present - to take part in Monday night's telethon.

YOU CALL THAT SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY?

A study by the American Society of Microbiology found that some of the country's worst hygiene - and apparently the most disgusting, too - is practiced at Atlanta's Turner Field, home of the Braves. It was found that 37 percent of men and 16 percent of the women left the restroom without washing.

Might this explain the Braves' consistently poor playoff attendances?

BY THE NUMBERS

(according to me)

1 - Times I've been to Turner Field.

0 - Times I'll be going to Turner Field in the future.

VOICES CARRY

"NASCAR has given its playoffs a catchy name, maybe not Super Bowl catchy but better than League Championship Series, better even than NBA Finals.

"It is the Chase.

"Great name. The Chase. Full of action and drama and prospects. You can almost hear that music from the Dukes of Hazzard pounding in the background.

"To give the full handle, it is the Chase for the Nextel Cup, but then Wimbledon's full name is the All-England Tennis Championships, but that's not what it says on the T-shirts they sell.

"Yes. Just like basketball and football and, more's the pity, baseball, those sports it still trails in general pedigree and stature, NASCAR has concocted a reason to watch, other than imminent mayhem, of course."

- Bernie Lincicome, Rocky Mountain News

- Compiled by Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

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