Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cloning Offers Bizarre Yet Tantalizing Possibilities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cloning Offers Bizarre Yet Tantalizing Possibilities

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Imagine being king of the sports world and the power to

clone is in your hands. Unlike Cigar, who is Mr. Stud at the

race track but Mr. Dud in the barn, you have been bequeathed

the gift of unlimited duplicity.

How frightening. How tantalizing. How could one resist?

Finally, you can create the matchups and story lines that would

answer so many hypothetical questions, which have long been the

source of wonderment and debate. You can provide unparalleled

entertainment, open doors to fans that they never dreamed

possible. Or maybe you'll just clone for the purpose of comic

relief.

Whatever the motive, here's some cloning possibilities so

intriguing, they can't be passed up:

Take Adolph Rupp, make him the coach of the 1981-82 North

Carolina Tar Heels, with the power to change the roster in

whatever way he pleases. Does the Baron of Basketball, who never

gave scholarships to black players, run off Michael Jordan, Sam

Perkins and James Worthy? Or does he become enlightened?

Clone the entire 1969-70 Jacksonville University squad for Hugh

Durham, just to see if the Dolphins could reach today's Sweet 16

or even once come close to filling the Coliseum.

Duplicate 22-year-old PGA Tour rookie Jack Nicklaus and let him

go head-to-head with Tiger Woods. Golden Bear vs. Nike (new

slogan is "Just Re-Do It.") in a 72-hole duel at Pebble Beach.

The winner gets $1 million. The loser must wear only the other's

logo at no charge for the rest of his life. What better way to

find out who's the better player under pressure?

Let Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy quarterback, play

this fall for Steve Spurrier, the coach. Then when the

quarterback messes up early against Tennessee, falls behind by

14 points, we can watch Coach Spurrier ream himself out on the

sideline. …

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