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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Welcome to Weasel-Suit Wednesday here in the eye-opened spaces. To explain, we must begin today's program with a sad note from the sports world:

CAREY LLOYD, 60, a professional wrestler we better knew as "Freight Train" RUFUS R. JONES, died after suffering a heart attack last week during a hunting trip outside Kansas City, Kan.

Lloyd, as you surely recall, reached the pinnacle of his profession during the 1980s when he wrestled JIMMY GARVIN in a series of "loser wears a weasel suit" matches.

Weasel suit! Not even the legendary DOINK would be seen in such attire.

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Utah Jazz President FRANK LAYDEN finally got revenge for the weasel-like treatment he received from Seattle coach GEORGE KARL during last season's NBA playoff loss to the SuperSonics.

Layden explained that he ran into Karl before Game 4 of the Utah-Seattle series and stopped to "congratulate them on a great season." Karl then told the media that he used Layden's "congratulations" to motivate his players.

"It was a cheap shot," Layden said. "I tried to be nice. I was sincere. Then, the next thing I know, it's in the paper that I didn't show them any respect and he used it to motivate his team. I said to myself, `OK, if that's how they're going to play, fine. I'll just bide my time.' "

Payback time came last week. Layden was a guest on a San Francisco radio show, where he gave his analysis of the Western Conference race.

"I told them Seattle had the best team in the league," Layden said. "I told them - top to bottom - they had the best material. I said, `In fact, if they have any weaknesses at all, it's the coach.' "

Motivate that.

***** And speaking of people being fitted for weasel suits, it warms the heart to see how the Cowboys have come out in support of Thanksgiving Day dumbbell LEON LETT.

On Thursday, Lett, a defensive tackle, tried to recover a blocked field goal in the final seconds of a 16-14 loss to Miami. …

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