Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Compiled by Alex Abrams, The Times-Union


Detroit Pistons center Darko Milicic has become a punchline, labeled a draft bust and nicknamed "The Human Victory Cigar" because the only time he gets in a game is when the Pistons have clinched a win.

But it might be premature to take shots at the former No. 2 pick.

I'm not defending Detroit president Joe Dumars' decision to select Milicic over immediate stars Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. But you can't expect much from the 19-year-old center when he's averaging only 6.9 minutes per game.

Pistons coach Larry Brown said Milicic will play when he proves he's better than the team's other forwards. But my question is: why do you draft a teenager who clearly needs to develop if you refuse to give him the playing time to do so?

Trade him. Maybe Milicic will reach his potential if given the chance somewhere else.


Grab your popcorn, Bullog Nation. Uga, that lovable, wrinkle-faced mascot, has hit the small screen.

A recently-released "dogumentary" entitled, Damn Good Dog, chronicles the six English bulldogs that have served as the University of Georgia mascot.

The DVD ($34.95 at includes interviews with Herschel Walker, Mark Richt and Larry Munson. But Uga is not the only mascot deserving of his own movie. Here are some others that should be considered:

-- Taking the Bull By the Horns (A crime thriller covering the recent arrest of Chester Brewer, who had played the Chicago Bulls mascot until he was arrested with six ounces of marijuana and a scale).

-- Have You Seen My Head? (A who-done-it mystery tracking the search for the thief who stole the Philly Phanatic's head. A middle-aged businessman was later arrested.)

-- It's All Red to Me (A legal drama following the court case filed by Western Kentucky that claims an Italian media empire has ripped off Big Red, the school's odd-looking mascot. …

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