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MORE THOUGHT-PROVOKING Benson Poll correspondence on how the Utah Jazz should spend their summer vacation:

From "V" in Salt Lake City: "Keep the Jazz band . . . phase out Jay Francis."Also, on the subject of a Jazz offense some have labeled predictable: "Jerry Sloan wrote a book a few years ago and sent it to everybody in the league . . . know what I mean?"

A writer from Brigham City, M. Wright, disagreed with suggestions that the Jazz trade veteran guard Darrell Griffith.

"The Jazz organization needs to learn a little appreciation for players who have given them a lot," wrote Wright. "Case in point - Darrell Griffith. The way he was treated during the playoffs was unforgiveable as far as a lot of the fans in our workplace feel."

EASY FOR HER TO SAY: Melissa Prince sent a postcard from Sun Valley, suggesting that the Jazz not change anything, except their aggression.

"Learn to rebound, especially on offense," she wrote. "It's so agonizing to watch them all stand around and watch while the other team has three, four or five guys fighting for the ball. Look at the difference when Mike (Brown) went for those offensive rebounds during the playoffs."

"But keep the same lineup," she added. "When they used the bench during the playoffs they made it through Round 1. I think Blue, Mike Brown and Delaney have really improved but still haven't reached their potential."

HOLDOUT II: Then again, the Jazz could have had a year like former Jazzman Adrian Dantley.

As reported by Sport Magazine in its June issue, Dantley wrangled a deal with the Dallas Mavericks at the start of the 1990-91 season that took Dallas off the hook for Dantley's $1.2 million contract - and allowed him to leave Dallas and place himself on the open free agent market.

Dantley sat out almost the entire year before playing briefly with Milwaukee at the end of the season. He was America's only professional athlete who lost a million dollars by not playing.

THEY CAME, THEY SAW: In preparation for Olympic Bid Day on June 15 in Birmingham, England, the Salt Lake City Bid Committee for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games personally hosted some 65 International Olympic Committee delegates - out of a possible 92.

That is reportedly the largest number of IOC voters to visit any of the cities contending for the '98 bid, and it's only five less than the 70 IOC delegates who visited Atlanta prior to Atlanta's successful bid for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

According to Harry Shuman of the Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee, the personal contact with the IOC delegates proved to be invaluable.

"We made a big point of stressing personal relationships," said Shuman. "One thing we did prior to the bid was publish a large brochure with a picture of all the members of our bid committee. The picture was touched up so we all appeared six years older. The suggestion was that the people who hosted the visits would be the same people who would greet the IOC for the Games when they came to Atlanta."

THEY INCLUDED: The IOC delegates that visited Salt Lake came from all parts of the world, including many that don't have snow. There were delegates from several African countries, as well as the IOC delegates from Tonga, India, Ecuador and Colombia.

One delegate that was impressed enough to not only visit Salt Lake, but visit it twice, was Prince Albert of Monaco. The prince was a member of Monaco's bobsled team at the Calgary Winter Games. He was flown over the prospective bobsled course near Park City and was reportedly impressed.

"He had a very positive reaction," said Robin Wagge of the bid committee, ". . . but we still don't know how he's going to vote."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young, a participant in last week's Salt Lake Classic 10K road race, asked if he was recognized by the other runners: "Yeah, and they loved to pass me."