A trip through Mr. Robinson's renovated neighborhood

Thoughts and notes from the sports desk of an overly air-conditioned newsroom in the basement of the Student Union:

From the NBA:

People in Gary, Ind., carried signs reading "We're from Mr. Robinson's neighborhood," and went wild when ex-Purdue sensation Glenn Robinson made his debut for Milwaukee Saturday.

The signs should have read "Every house in our neighborhood combined isn't even worth $68.15 million."

In a Phoenix-Miami matchup that proved to be a better fight than the George Foreman-Michael Moorer bout Saturday night, 15 technical fouls were assessed, including two each to Miami's Harold Miner, Phoenix's Danny Manning and Phoenix coach Paul Westphal. Miner and Manning were ejected with 10:59 left in the game. Miner went after Suns center Joe Kleine, and Manning protested his fifth foul too vehemently. By the way, Phoenix won a 119-107 decision. However, I had the Heat 113-111 on my card.

On the topic of ejections, Boston's Xavier McDaniel has amassed three technicals and one ejection in the Celtics' first two games. Somewhere deep in the heart of Texas, a fellow named Dennis Rodman is jealous.

For the Heat against Phoenix, Steve Smith and Glen Rice combined to score 45 points. Judd Heathcoate and Steve Fisher must be proud.

The same cannot necessarily be said for Lute Olson. Miami's Khalid Reeves, a standout on the UA basketball team from 1990-94, shot 1-for-4 from the floor and finished with two points.

Through Sunday, Washington and Milwaukee were both 2-0, and Dallas was 1-0. Charlotte was 0-2. It could be a strange season. ...

From the NFL:

Cincinnati finally won its first game of the season Sunday and it didn't even score a touchdown. The Bengals kicked six field goals and scored one safety in its 20-17 overtime victory over Seattle.

"We couldn't get the ball in the end zone, but we got enough points to win and that's all that counts," Bengals head coach Dave Shula told the Associated Press after the game.

Or did Dick Tomey say that?

Actually, seven of the 26 teams that played didn't score a touchdown, and Cincinnati wasn't the only one of those seven that pulled out a touchdown-less win Pittsburgh beat Houston 12-9 in a score that was highly popular last season, when field goals were the

norm.

Arizona (3-6) probably has to win every single one of its remaining games to earn a spot in the NFC playoffs. Don't hold your breath, Buddy. You've still got to play Philadelphia one more time.

The Los Angeles Raiders could not score a touchdown against a Kansas City defense that yielded 44 points the week before and 95 in its last three games.

No wonder Al Davis was hiding in the shadows as the clock wore down and Art Shell looked like he desparately wanted to join him.

From Major League Baseball:

In a charity softball game, singer Michael Bolton best-known for his remakes "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?" and "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" led his team to a 29-17 win over a team made up of Bobby Bonds, Frank Thomas, Walt Williams, Jeff Bagwell, Ken Griffey Jr., Bobby Bonilla and Mike Piazza.

What's next, Shawn Kemp, Shaquille O'Neal, Mark Price, Anfernee Hardaway and Scottie Pippen getting beat in a charity basketball game by a team led by Kenny G?

The Chicago White Sox hope Michael Jordan can make the big leagues late next season, the president of their Triple-A farm team told the Associated Press yesterday.

Why wouldn't he? Last season, as an outfielder with Double-A Birmingham, he hit .202. With the Scottsdale Scorpions, he has struck out 20 times to complement his zero home runs. To boot, his batting average has dropped 89 points in the last 17 days. What a prospect.

Thoden K. Janes is the sports editor of the 1994-95 Arizona Daily Wildcat. His column appears every Tuesday.

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