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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Just a curiosity, but for an organization that says it barely breaks even every year, the Blues sure are big spenders.

Let's go to press:

Eye Drops:

- Memo to BOB TEWKSBURY, regarding April 3 at Cincinnati: Somebody has to go down.

- All those who want to bat off DWIGHT GOODEN BEFORE his contact lenses arrive, raise your hands.

- If PETER STASTNY, 37, doesn't work out, BERNIE FEDERKO, 37, is still in town.

- Blues Update: Flounder shell-shocked; Nedie nestling in; Stassie stashed away; Brownie bubble-bound; Professor posturing; Butchie, Ronnie, Bass, gone.

- Good to see OMAR OLIVARES is on the comeback trail.

- Let me see if I have this straight: It's an embarrassment to baseball for a world-class athlete like MICHAEL JORDAN to try out in spring training. But it's all right for TOM SELLECK to take batting practice before a regular-season game.

- Iditarod Update:

"Mush, you doggies."

"Grrrr!"

"Whoa, you doggies."

"Ruff!"

*****

LARRY HOLMES is looking for another title shot and, by golly, we've found one for him. It's called The Ultimate Fighting Championship II and, for $14.95, cable viewers will be able to witness a veritable feast of broken bones and blood.

The gruesome event features bare-knuckled contests between experts of various fighting disciplines, staged in a ring enclosed with chicken wire. Elbow-tosses, knee-shots, head-butts and/or bare-fisted haymakers are legal. The promotional video profiles defenseless fighters getting stomped on the canvas.

"Each match will run until there is a designated winner," according to the accompanying press release, "by means of knockout, surrender, doctor's intervention or death."

Something tells me there is no market here for fitness expert MACKIE SHILSTONE.

The site of the matches is Denver, where there is no state athletic commission and no rules. And, unlike the first Ultimate Fighting Championship, fighters will be allowed to kick and punch each other in the groin.

We are not making this up.

Ultimate Fighting is the brainchild - if we can use that term - of CAMPBELL McLAREN, who studied film at Cal-Berkeley and MIT. Ultimate Fighting I aired last November and 100,000 households bought the show. …

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