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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There they were, on the ice, together again. Do you remember the names? MIKE ERUZIONE, KEN MORROW, BUZZ SCHNEIDER, BILL BAKER, STEVE CHRISTOFF, STEVE JANASAK, MARK JOHNSON, DAVID SILK, ROB McCLANAHAN, MARK WELLS, BOB SUTER, ERIC STROBEL, JOHN HARRINGTON, PHIL VERCHOTA, JIM CRAIG, JACK O'CALLAHAN and MARK PAVELICH.

The members of the U.S. Olympic hockey team that 15 years shocked the powerful Soviet squad and won the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y., took on a team of Boston Bruins alumni Sunday at Northeastern University. The only former Olympians missing were MIKE RAMSEY, NEAL BROTEN and DAVE CHRISTIAN - they still are playing pro hockey.

Eruzione, the team captain who scored the decisive goal in the 4-3 victory over the Soviets in 1980, scored twice Sunday. The game ended in a 6-6 tie.

***** Here's JOE GIBBS, former Washington Redskins coach and Gridbirds assistant, on the sudden dismissal of former Bellevillean JOE RHEIN as vice president of the Arizona Cardinals:

"When I went there as an assistant coach, I was told you'd know you were fired because the lock truck would show up and they'd change the locks to your office."

Ex-coach and lockout JIM HANIFAN can verify that story.

*****

Replacement-player baseball apparently is a burr under the saddle of Rocky Mountain News opinionmeister BOB KRAVITZ. He offers these thoughts on the whole mess:

"In another brilliant PR move, Major League Baseball announced it would charge more for Little League teams to use their team names and logos. Perhaps they're afraid fans will confuse the replacements with the Pony Leaguers."

"Replacement baseball without beer? Talk about double jeopardy."

"HERM WINNINGHAM is my early choice to win the replacement batting title. Just thought you rotisserie loonies would like to know."

"JOE SLUSARSKI of the Indians is another one of my personal replacement heroes. It seems the pitcher's career was interrupted in 1992 after a freak golfing injury. `I slipped and fell on a cactus,' he said.

"Hate when that happens." Chiming in is the San Francisco Chronicle's SCOTT OSTLER with this wit and wisdom:

"Visiting spring training this year is like going to a nude beach and discovering that it's senior citizens day. …

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