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MAVS SINK FREETHROWS, SPURS IN 4TH - (MAVS WIN 113-110, SINK 49 STRAIGHT FREETHROWS)
Sacramento Bee ^ | May 19, 2003 | Associated Press

Posted on 05/19/2003 10:03:25 PM PDT by Mister Magoo

Edited on 04/12/2004 5:50:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks missed their first free throw and made their final 49. Yep, 49 in a row.

That superb free throw shooting - along with a few defensive gimmicks from Don Nelson's book of tricks - was how the Mavericks pulled off a stunning comeback and beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-110 Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.


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GO MAVS
1 posted on 05/19/2003 10:03:25 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Mister Magoo
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki dunks in front of San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan

Who said White Boys Can't Jump ;)...49 freethrows, Holy Crap Batman, Eat that Shaq!

2 posted on 05/19/2003 10:10:37 PM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: Mister Magoo
I can't find anything on the web that shows the all-time team record for consecutive made free throws...
3 posted on 05/19/2003 10:13:34 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const vector<tags>& oldTags)
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To: Mister Magoo
I watched the game in the first half. I thought the game was over by then. So this is really a surprise for me.

What can I say.....WOW!

4 posted on 05/19/2003 10:13:35 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Mister Magoo
Apparently, the "record" for consecutive freethrows made is 5,221
5 posted on 05/19/2003 10:15:13 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
see #5
6 posted on 05/19/2003 10:15:38 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Mister Magoo
Whatta game! Nowitzki goes off for 38 points and 15 rebounds; Duncan hits for 40 points and 15 boards while shooting 14 for 20 from the floor. Now that the L.A Fakers are gone, we're seeing some really entertaining games. I'd make appointments to watch a Dallas-New Jersey finals. Two of the three deepest (along with Sacramento) teams in the league.
7 posted on 05/19/2003 10:16:24 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: hole_n_one
Thanks. Now go back and verify that the Mavs set an NBA record.
8 posted on 05/19/2003 10:16:59 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Mister Magoo
NCAA individual record is 85
9 posted on 05/19/2003 10:19:38 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: TheBigB
I don't care who the team is, you don't "fake" 3 consecutive World Championships.
10 posted on 05/19/2003 10:21:03 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Mister Magoo
They did say at the end of the game that it was a playoff record. Put up a graphic showing other teams had shot 30-35 in a playoff game etc. Was going to say this record should stand a while but then thought of what a great free throw shooting team they are ... they could break it.

Dallas shot 50 and SA 48 so the whistles were pretty evenly distributed.
11 posted on 05/19/2003 10:22:34 PM PDT by Let's Roll (And those that cried Appease! Appease! are hanged by those they tried to please!")
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To: All
Hey how about thoses Lakers?
12 posted on 05/19/2003 10:26:45 PM PDT by Terp (Retired US Navy now living in Philippines were the Moutains meet the Sea in the Land of Smiles)
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To: Mister Magoo
What a great game! No one commented on it during the postgame discussions, but Shawn Bradley shut Duncan down in the second half.
13 posted on 05/19/2003 10:27:24 PM PDT by St.Chuck
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To: Mister Magoo
Three teams have shot 100% of their free throws. One team hit 28 of 28, and the record for fouls is 106 in a four overtime game. I'm still trying to see if anyone has ever made more free throws in a regulation game.

From the DMN ...

The last team to shoot 100 percent from the foul line in a playoff game was Philadelphia against Toronto in 2001. ... The record for fouls in a game is 106 by Syracuse and Boston in a four-overtime game in 1953.

14 posted on 05/19/2003 10:30:58 PM PDT by texas booster (TAG - Tag Arbitration Group - we judge your lines!)
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To: hole_n_one
L.A. Fakers. L.A. Fakers. L.A. Fakers.

The best part of the offseason will be watching Shaquille "All this basketball is really interfering with my rap and movie acreer" O'Neal and Kobe "The Universe revolves around me me me!!!' Bryant make excuses about losing.

15 posted on 05/19/2003 10:32:11 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: texas booster
I want to know the all-time team record for consecutive free throws in a game (or, heck, over a span of games)
16 posted on 05/19/2003 10:36:36 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const vector<tags>& oldTags)
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To: Mister Magoo
Geez, at this rate it will be July before it's over. Another good reason I don't watch pro-basketball.

17 posted on 05/19/2003 10:43:03 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Can you say "50 state landslide"? Sure ya can!)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Individual playoff records for free throws:

Most free throws made, none missed, game
18 - Karl Malone, Utah at L.A. Lakers, May 10, 1997

Most free throws made, game
30 - Bob Cousy, Boston vs. Syracuse, March 21, 1953 (4 OT)

Most free throws made, one half
19 - Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers vs. Golden State, May 8, 1991
Karl Malone, Utah at Portland, May 9, 1991
Charles Barkley, Phoenix vs. Seattle, June 5, 1993

Most free throws made, one quarter
13 - Michael Jordan, Chicago vs. Detroit, May 21, 1991

Most free-throw attempts, game
32 - Bob Cousy, Boston vs. Syracuse, March 21, 1953 (4 OT)

Most free-throw attempts, one half
21 - Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers vs. Golden State, May 8, 1991

Most free-throw attempts, one quarter
14 - Michael Jordan, Chicago vs. Detroit, May 21, 1991

It looks like Dirk came close to tying the record for free throws by an individual, but Malone's record is still intact.

18 posted on 05/19/2003 10:50:37 PM PDT by texas booster (TAG - Tag Arbitration Group - we judge your lines!)
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To: TheBigB
If your in Texas, how do you decide which team you want to win?
19 posted on 05/19/2003 10:54:15 PM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: St.Chuck
Bradley shut Duncan down in the second half.

How did Bradley do that?

20 posted on 05/19/2003 10:55:25 PM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
From Mike McAlister's column in the DMN ....

If the Western Conference playoffs are decided at the free throw line, then the Mavericks have a big advantage.

Not only is Dallas the league's most accurate free throw shooting team, but none of the other playoff teams in the West comes close. Minnesota is ninth, Utah is 17th and Sacramento is 19th.

While the Mavericks' Big Three each ranks in the top 20 in free throw percentage, the league's hottest shooter at the line is in Sacramento.

Point guard Mike Bibby has connected on a franchise-record 51 consecutive free throws and hasn't missed from the line since March 20. Should he remain perfect in the Kings' regular-season finale Wednesday against Utah, he will enter next season still chasing Micheal Williams' NBA record of 97.

? Williams, a Baylor product, was perfect from the line starting with 18 games left in the 1992-93 season, then carried over his streak to the first three games of the next season.

I must admit to being surprised at the outcome.

21 posted on 05/19/2003 10:58:19 PM PDT by texas booster (TAG - Tag Arbitration Group - we judge your lines!)
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To: TheBigB
nice job--spelling losing...noone, no one, nobody, seems not a single soul spells it that way.
22 posted on 05/19/2003 10:59:48 PM PDT by des
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To: TheBigB
The best part of the offseason will be watching Shaquille "All this basketball is really interfering with my rap and movie acreer" O'Neal and Kobe "The Universe revolves around me me me!!!' Bryant make excuses about losing.

What a sad statement about your life.

23 posted on 05/19/2003 11:02:47 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne
You're right. It's really not that important. Thanks for set...

Oh wait. Your opinion means nothing to me. Never mind.

24 posted on 05/19/2003 11:06:31 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: JustPiper
Just depends on which one you like best, I suppose.
25 posted on 05/19/2003 11:07:15 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: des
Your right about that. ;)
26 posted on 05/19/2003 11:08:26 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: JustPiper
If your in Texas, how do you decide which team you want to win?

Dallas is more Republican than San Antonio.

27 posted on 05/19/2003 11:08:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mister Magoo
Wow. I gave up on it and flipped over to the first of the 9 billion hours of American Idol Fox is going to run this week. Sorry I missed it.
28 posted on 05/19/2003 11:11:09 PM PDT by MattAMiller (Iraq was liberated in my name, how about yours?)
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To: TheBigB
Oh wait. Your opinion means nothing to me. Never mind.

So then you will reply to me how many more times?

Thought so

29 posted on 05/19/2003 11:12:02 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: MinorityRepublican
Here's the breakdown of ROAD teams that won Game 1 of the Conference Finals:

2002 - Western Conference Finals, LAL wins Game 1, wins series.
2001 - Western Conference Finals, LAL wins Game 1, wins series.
1999 - Eastern Conference Finals, NYK wins Game 1, wins series.
1995 - Western Conference Finals, HOU wins Game 1, wins series.
1991 - Western Conference Finals, LAL wins Game 1, wins series.
1989 - Eastern Conference Finals, CHI wins Game 1, loses series.
1988 - Eastern Conference Finals, DET wins Game 1, wins series.

In the same time period, from 1984-present, in the Conference Finals, if the ROAD TEAM wins Game 1, it goes on to win the series 85.7% of the time.
30 posted on 05/19/2003 11:12:41 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: TheOtherOne
What a sad statement about your life.
31 posted on 05/19/2003 11:13:13 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: TheBigB
Awe shucks, are you still waiting for your team to win?

Goodnight kid

32 posted on 05/19/2003 11:16:44 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne
Goodnight child, don't forget to let Mommy know you're off the 'puter. Now go make poopy and put your jammies on.
33 posted on 05/19/2003 11:18:01 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: TheBigB
Now that the L.A Fakers are gone

And the Bulls were also fakers?

I always think the game can be enjoyed more when people forget their petty jealousies.

I bet you would settle for three rings, in four years, which ever team you are rooting for.

34 posted on 05/20/2003 12:00:48 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ('I'm voting Republican, the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.' - M. Lewinsky)
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To: dfwgator
Dallas is more Republican than San Antonio.

But Steve Kerr is a Spur ;(

35 posted on 05/20/2003 12:51:55 AM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: MattAMiller
UNBELIEVABLE

Go Mavs
36 posted on 05/20/2003 4:16:12 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: hole_n_one
I don't care who the team is, you don't "fake" 3 consecutive World Championships.

They certainly faked one last year, courtesy of the refs of course. But that's nothing new...

37 posted on 05/20/2003 4:20:45 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Michael.SF.
I always think the game can be enjoyed more when people forget their petty jealousies.

I think rivalries are what makes great sports entertainment. Playing your hated rival always makes for a more intense and fun-filled atmosphere.

In most areas of life I'd agree with you wholeheartedly. Not sports, though.

38 posted on 05/20/2003 4:26:27 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: JustPiper
Bradley blocked a couple of shots and intimidated the Spurs inside game including Duncan. Bradley is well over 7 ft tall andis a good shot blocker.
39 posted on 05/20/2003 5:12:31 AM PDT by Charliehorse
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To: Michael.SF.
I don't hate the Lakers, really. Well, not the current ones anyway. Growing up in the 80s as a rabid Larry Bird fan, I naturally developed a keen hatred for both the Lakers and Sixers. And since Nowitzki reminds me a good bit of LB (I especially love the cheesy goatee--he looks like a DIE HARD villain), my allegiance is now with the Mavs. Paul Pierce has, however, rekindled my interest in the Celts, although the Vin Baker trade was a disaster of epic proportions. The Mavs are my favorite team now, although Duncan and Robinson are class acts; so I wouldn't be outraged if the Spurs took the series. Regardless, I think it'll be a fun series to watch, although it probably won't be as fast-paced as the Kings/Mavs series (that 141-137 Double OT game should be played on ESPN Classic constatntly.)
40 posted on 05/20/2003 6:07:50 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: St.Chuck
What a great game! No one commented on it during the postgame discussions, but Shawn Bradley shut Duncan down in the second half.

Sorry, but I didn't see it that way. Bradley did contribute in his usual way of altering a few shots. I was surprised when I saw that Duncan only took 20 shots during the entire game, and I think he was 9-12 in the first half.

If true, then Duncan only shot 8 times in the second half? I know he went to the line quite a few times, but I think the Mavs got the Spurs out of their rhythm, by fouling Bowen and continuing to push the ball up the court.

Popovich was right...it was the free throws. 49 of 50...wow!! And Eddie Najera's miss wasn't a bad shot, it was off the back of the rim.

Ths Spurs need to keep pounding the ball into Duncan. Over a 7 game series, the Mavs really don't have an answer for that, just as the Lakers (even with Shaq) didn't have an adequate answer.

For all you Laker fans out there, next year will be a very important year for you. Let's see how dedicated Shaq will be to getting back in shape, and if management can rebuild your team. Make no mistake about it, the Spurs and Kings will even better next year. As for the Mavericks, this is a far different team than it was at the start of these playoffs, not to mention the meltdown at the Forum in December.

Unlike many experts, I will admit that I underestimated this team. The Mavericks have matured significantly over the past 15 games, and I'm no longer surprised at their success. From the middle of the second quarter last night, they exerted their will on the tempo of the game, and Nellie pulled a few tricks out of his bag.

It's going to be a great series, because the Spurs will really bring it tomorrow night. If the Mavericks can keep Duncan to 20 shots or less, I like their chances.

41 posted on 05/20/2003 7:04:21 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: NittanyLion
I think rivalries are what makes great sports entertainment. Playing your hated rival always makes for a more intense and fun-filled atmosphere.

I agree with the above fully. But what I question is the level of hate that is often achieved in some rivalries.

Such as when the Celtic fans once blocked the hotel of the Lakers to prevent the Laker team from attending a practice round before the begining of a championship series. That crossed the line between sportmanship and hate.

I am very much involved in several rivalries:

USC vs. UCLA, USC vs. Notre Dame, Dodgers vs. Giants, Niners vs. Raiders

Of those three, the only one that to me represents what a good sports rivalry should mean is USC vs. Notre Dame. The ND fans are great people who, for he most part, view sports as I do, a friendly rivalry where manners take precedence over the "hate" of an opponents fan. You can "hate" a team, w/o having that hate spill over against their fans.

All teams have their fans that cross the line, it just seems that some teams attract a fan base which can carry things a bit to far (Raider fans for example).

42 posted on 05/20/2003 7:38:08 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ('I'm voting Republican, the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.' - M. Lewinsky)
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To: TheBigB
I don't hate the Lakers, really. Well, not the current ones anyway. Growing up in the 80s as a rabid Larry Bird fan, I naturally developed a keen hatred for both the Lakers and Sixers.

As long as the "hate" is proerly directed and contained I have no problem in general with opposition fans. What I have a problem with is being made to feel totally uncomfortable because I support my team.

Growing up in LA during the West-Balor-Chamberlin days I am a lifelong Laker fan. But I never "hated" the Celtics nor Larry Bird.

Now, Danny 'crybaby' Ainge and Kevin Mchale that is a different story.

43 posted on 05/20/2003 7:45:50 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ('I'm voting Republican, the democrats left a bad taste in my mouth.' - M. Lewinsky)
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To: Mister Magoo
Another odd stat from last night's broadcast: The winner of Game one has won the last 19 Conference Finals series (going back to 1994-ish)
44 posted on 05/20/2003 9:14:08 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const vector<tags>& oldTags)
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To: Night Hides Not
If true, then Duncan only shot 8 times in the second half? I know he went to the line quite a few times, but I think the Mavs got the Spurs out of their rhythm, by fouling Bowen and continuing to push the ball up the court.

In the post game, Kenny Smith was bemoaning the fact that the Spurs quit pounding the ball in to Duncan in the second half.

Unlike many experts, I will admit that I underestimated this team. The Mavericks have matured significantly over the past 15 games, and I'm no longer surprised at their success.

They are playing "playoff" (ie. tough) basketball. Most people didn't think they could. Not that they are as tough as the Spurs, and I still think the Spurs have at least an even chance of winning the series.

45 posted on 05/20/2003 9:18:19 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const vector<tags>& oldTags)
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To: Mister Magoo
anyone, without looking, remember who missed the first free throw?
46 posted on 05/20/2003 10:10:03 AM PDT by Charlie OK
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To: Michael.SF.
...view sports as I do, a friendly rivalry where manners take precedence over the "hate" of an opponents fan. You can "hate" a team, w/o having that hate spill over against their fans.

Great points. I agree completely.

47 posted on 05/20/2003 10:20:31 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Charlie OK
Eduardo Najera.
48 posted on 05/20/2003 10:25:51 AM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: TheBigB
The Mavs are my favorite team now, although Duncan and Robinson are class acts; so I wouldn't be outraged if the Spurs took the series.

Ditto!!

I'm a former 80's Celt fan too and the Mav's remind me of that Celtic team in terms of their offensive firepower. With Bird, McHale, Parish, Ainge and Dennis Johnson that Celtic team had always had three or four guys who were capable of dropping 20 or 30 points on any given night. The Mav's, with Dirk, Nash, Finley, Van Exel, & Co. are similar, although the Celts played better team D. The Mav's are going to have play a little better defense in order to prevail because they can't count on making 98% of their free throws.

Both teams have good coaches and players that are good role models, at least in terms of the way they conduct themselves on the court. I wouldn't mind if the Spurs won the championship this year because that would be nice way for David Robinson to go out.

49 posted on 05/20/2003 10:33:16 AM PDT by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: TheBigB
correct. Former Sooner Eduardo Najera.

Doh! He shot much better than 68% or whatever it is in College.

50 posted on 05/20/2003 10:54:03 AM PDT by Charlie OK
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