100th Year of Editorial Freedom
Volume 100, Issue 1 19
Well, another year is passing us by
quickly, and it's time to evaluate the
long, tiring sojourn that was 1992.
It was a good year for Bill Clinton,
Murphy Brown, Johnny Carson and
Billy Ray Cyrus. It was a downer for the
Royal Family.Mike Tyson, FraserCrane
But it's now time to fondly recount
the trials and tribulations of the prover
bial toy department of society the
sporting world. Allow me ...
Player of the Year: Mario Lemieux,
Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux led his
team to its second-straight Stanley Cup,
netting 34 points in 16 playoff games,
including five game-winning goals. This
season, he leads the NHL in points.
Coach of the Year: Sparky Woods,
South Carolina. Yeah, yeah, he only
went 5-6, but how would you do if your
team publicly voted for your resigna
tion? The Gamecocks started 0-5, but
after the players Voiced their displea
sure, USC beat two ranked teams (Ten
nessee and Mississippi State), scared
another one on the road (Florida), and
spanked Clemson in Death Valley.
Team of the Year: Are you kidding?
UNC's women's soccer team hands
down. Anson Dorrance's squad won its
seventh-straight national title and 1 1th
overall. It is riding a 58-game win streak.
Sportsmanship Award: Rob Dibble,
Cincinnati Reds. Dibble tackled his
manager, Lou Piniella, in the locker
room after a game, among other out
bursts. Deion Sanders Claus also gets
recognition for his ice-water dumping
on CBS broadcaster Tim McCarver.
Best Game: Game 7 of the National
League Championship Series because
of its drama and novelty. Until Fran
cisco Cabrera smacked that single into
left field, no team had ever come back to
win from a run down on one hit in the
last inning of a deciding postseason
game. Look it up.
Revenge Award: Goes to Southern
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halls with sports memories:
V mtJi Stiff
Methodist, which on Nov. 7 beat Hous
ton 41-16 in Dallas. The seniors on the
Mustang squad were freshmen when
the Cougars embarrassed SMU 95-28
in a shameless display of gridiron bully
ing. No one in football complained when
SMU ran it up this year.
Worst Foul: Christian Laettner's
waltz on a Kentucky player's chest.
Charles Barkley gets honorable men
tion for elbowing an Angolan player in
the Dream Team's first Olympic game.
Biggest Upset: Carl Lewis failing to
make the U.S. Olympic squad in both
the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Biggest Choke: Duke's secondary,
which let Maryland go 89 yards in 13
seconds and win 27-25 on a last-second
Hail Mary. Runner-up: Dan O'Brien,
for his pole vault no-height in the de
Best Prognosticator: Dan's ex-girlfriend,
who boldly told a national
Reebok commercial viewing audience
to "definitely" go with Dave.
Best Hair: The U.S. Olympic vol
Worst Hair: Andre Agassi. Did you
see this guy in the Davis Cup this past
weekend? He may have mowed the
lawn at Wimbledon, but someone needs
to let a John Deere loose on his scalp.
Best round of golf: Davis Love's
final-round 62 ar the Greater Greens
Worstroundof golf: Self-proclaimed
1 -handicapper Mark Rypien' s 92 in the
second round of the Kemper Open.
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Best Uniforms: The Lithuanian bas
ketball squad's Grateful Dead warm
ups. Worst Uniforms: The lime green jer
seys and Fisher-Price helmets worn by
the Orlando Thunder of the World Foot
International Relations Award:
Goes to the U.S. Marines who hoisted
the Canadian flag upside-down during
University community since 1893
for 1 1 of the past 1 2 years, and members of
before a World Series game in Atlanta.
Bruising Alumni Pride Award: Goes
to N.C. State. In a state where school
ties run as thick as blood lines, the
Wolfpack (in one calendar year) lost to
East Carolina in football and UNC
Wilmington in basketball. Expect old
guys in red sweaters to become nearly
extinct in Greenville and Wilmington.
Dookie Character Award: Goes to
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the UNC women's soccer team just keep bringing national championships to Chapel Hill
Alaa Abdelnaby, who in 1990 credited
the Blue Devils' success to "our matu
ration process." Does that process en
tail pot smoking? Abdelnaby could be
brought up on marijuana possession
charges in Milwaukee.
Greed Award: Goes to the Mobil
Cotton Bowl, which spurned No. 3
Florida State for the TV-revenue (and
NBC) diva, No. 5 Notre Dame, proving
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that even the bowl coalition is not above
putting financial concerns over the best
bowl matchups. Not only did the Cotton
screw FSU, but it also made it virtually
impossible for its SWC tie-in, unde
feated Texas A&M, to snag the title.
Well, that's the year in an athletic
nutshell. God bless mom, Dean and
apple pie, and good luck on exams. See
you in '93.