Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Eye Openers greets the morning sun with three tales of the only athlete the entire world cares about. Why, none other than the estimable MICHAEL JORDAN. In talking about his well-known work ethic in "Rare Air: Michael on Michael," his autobiography, he said: "I saw some Dream Teamers dog it in practice before the Olympics. I looked at them and I knew that's what separates me from them."

Now, we discover that TIIT, an obscure basketball team from Ukraine, will try to convince His Airness that he should curtail his retirement and join its lineup. According to a Russian newspaper, "Sport Express," the team, based in the city of Kharkov, will fax Jordan its request. TIIT was founded in 1992 with the help of Russian star ALEXANDER VOLKOV.

Meanwhile, New York Daily News writer FILIP BONDY says that when he arrived in Doha, Qatar, to cover a World Cup qualifying soccer match, the first thing a security guard wanted to know once he found out Bondy was from America was this: The prospects for a comeback by Jordan.

As an aside, the Qatari Ministry of the Interior offered advice for watching the qualifying matches at Khalifa Stadium:

Remember that parading and horning could lead to traffic congestion.

Tea thermoses are not allowed.

Keep your sportive spirit high.

Don't Bring It Up: PHIL JACKMAN of the Baltimore Sun took on the National Football League PR folks when he penned: "Did you see that new term the NFL has coined - `fan friendly' - used in describing stadiums? What bull. The owners act as if creature comforts of loyalists in the cheap seats is all they care about."

Ha! Read on.

"Luxury boxes, club seats and all the attendant trappings are the simple necessities owners insist on these days. They demand these things be wrapped up in state-of-the-art stadiums updated every four or five years. Just like the rugs.

"A Stilted Fact: When sections of the original basketball floor at the Forum in Los Angeles were handed over to the Lakers recently, WILT CHAMBERLAIN, a 51 percent free throw shooter during his National Basketball Association career, requested a piece of the foul line. …

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