RESIGNED From the board of a liquor store less than a mile from
the University of Colorado campus, Buffaloes athletic director
Dick Tharp. Citing an "appearance of impropriety," Tharp--who
last week found out he would keep his job in the wake of
allegations that the Colorado football team used alcohol and sex
to lure recruits--decided to scale back his role at Liquor Mart.
He will, however, retain his minority ownership stake in the
QUALIFIED For the only U.S. men's taekwondo berth in the 2004
Olympics, Steven Lopez. For the first family of U.S. taekwondo,
however, last Saturday night's Olympic trials ended in a split
decision. Before Steven (right, in blue vest), a gold medalist
at the 2000 Sydney Games, defeated Tony Graf 4-0 in the men's
welterweight final, his sister Diana, 20, dropped a 3-2 overtime
decision to Nia Abdallah in the women's featherweight final.
"Honestly, I'm more disappointed for Diana than I am happy for
myself," said Steven, 25, who grew up with Diana in Sugar Land,
Texas. Four years ago Diana was corralled by security when she
ran onto the mat in Sydney screaming deliriously after Steven won
his gold. "I couldn't stop shaking after that match, I was so
excited for my brother," said Diana, a former world junior
champion. "I told myself I'd do the same thing. Now I have to
wait four more years."
ACCEPTED By NBA director of officiating Ed T. Rush, a position as
a volunteer special teams football coach for Division II
Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. "I've wanted to be a college coach
my entire life, so I'm living my dream right now," says Rush, who
was a high school defensive coordinator before his 31-year career
as an ABA and NBA referee. The 62-year-old will spend the season
living with his wife, Trudy, in their 33-foot Winnebago on a
mountaintop overlooking the campus. He will remain with the NBA
as a consultant.
REVIVED By the Yankees, Cracker Jack. On May 19 the team
announced that it was replacing the caramel-coated popcorn and
peanut mix that is sold at every major league park in the U.S.
with Crunch 'n Munch because Frito Lay, which makes Cracker Jack,
began packaging it in bags instead of boxes. But fans complained,
and the snack made its return to Yankee Stadium on June 2. Says
Robert McKay, a Yankee Stadium vendor since 1977, "A lot of fans
asked me what happened to their Cracker Jack. They were unhappy
because they don't want things to change. Plus, Crunch 'n Munch
doesn't have a prize."
June 13, 2004
SELECTED To serve as the riderless horse escorting the body of
President Ronald Reagan (tribute, page 109) to the Capitol, Sgt.
York. The 13-year-old standardbred had a modest career as a
harness racehorse named Allaboard Jules, winning five of 23 races
and $14,881 at New York and New Jersey tracks in the '90s. When
his career ended, an employee of the New Jersey Racing Commission
who had a son in the Army got him a job at Fort Myer, an Army
base near Arlington National Cemetery. He was rechristened Sgt.
York and made a caparisoned horse, which trails the caisson
without a rider as a tribute to a fallen hero.