Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll says that three out of five Americans don't give a damn about baseball anymore. Last year, one suspects, 2.95 out of five Americans didn't care, either. But here in Denver, where Jerry McMorris and company can fool some of the people all of the time, two Colorado Rockies exhibition games (and they should prove quite an exhibition) are already sold out. Not only that, 98 percent of the team's 35,000-plus season-ticket holders have renewed for 1995--not caring to make the distinction between the Mahargs and the Galarragas of this world.

Some call that faith, and some call it gullibility. But one sniff of scab ball should be enough to send most fans home to the barbecue and the boob tube.

For even the inner child knows when enough is enough, and when Fat Billy has worn out his welcome.

When last we tuned in to the national pastime, the O.J. Simpson trial, things weren't going so well for America's favorite defendant in the weeping-witness and barking-dog departments. But we'll give you six-to-five right now that the man walks--no matter what prosecutors bring into court, short of a bloody knife with Simpson's prints all over it.

In the meantime, wonder if Number 32 caught this year's Pro Bowl while spooning down his daily bowl of gruel.

Yeah, yeah, that was ten days ago. We know that. But in this case, the principal character has nothing but time on his hands. So, just in case you missed it, Juice, you may as well know that they dissed you in Hawaii, too.

At most Pro Bowls, being there is more important than actually playing, but don't tell that to Chris Warren of the Seattle Seahawks or young Marshall Faulk of the Indianapolis Colts. In the AFC's 41-13 win, both running backs broke O.J.'s 22-year-old Pro Bowl rushing record of 112 yards.

Warren racked up 118 by mid-fourth quarter, but on the very next play, Faulk broke a 41-yarder to bring his total to 180 yards.

It's a record that could stand until Kato Kaelin is a very old man and Robert Shapiro's bank account runs dry.

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