LAST MONTH, an "all-star" team led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar handed the Harlem Globetrotters their first loss in 8,830 games and 24 years during an 11-game European tour.
To paraphrase Paul Harvey and offer "the rest of the story," here's how the Globetrotters and the Kareem Team finished their 11-game stint. The Trotters won 95-79 in London over the weekend, ending their European vacation with a 10-1 mark.For the "all-stars" in the finale, Abdul-Jabbar tallied zero points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes of play, Artis Gilmore went scoreless, Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell made a last-minute cameo appearance, and Jo-Jo White and Nate "Tiny" Archibald didn't even play - both cited sore legs.
Dan Roundfield scored 10 but took himself out after the 'Trotters famous water-tossing routine, muttering "I'm not going to get killed out there."
That left the "all-stars" to be headlined by the likes of young-legged ringers such as Bo Kimble, Keith Owens and Gene Waldron - hardly household basketball names.
With name 'Trotters - such as Geese, Goose, Curly and Meadowlark - long gone, one also might be hard-pressed to name any of the current Globetrotters.
LAVELL'S HIGHLIGHT FIVE: In his 24th season as BYU head football coach, LaVell Edwards has amassed 209 victories - and counting. His Cougars have played in 17 consecutive bowl games, accumulated 21 straight winning seasons and won or shared 16 WAC titles.
Which are his five most memorable games? Edwards offers the following, adding that they're "in no particular order."
- BYU 21, Arizona State 18 in 1974: The home victory against the Sun Devils "meant we could compete in the WAC and that we had a shot at the conference title - my first as a head coach," Edwards says.
It also allowed for the Cougars' first bowl appearance, a 16-6 loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
- BYU 46, Southern Methodist 45 in the 1980 Holiday Bowl: "We got the monkey off our backs - it was our first bowl win after five straight losses," recalled Edwards.
The monkey came off in memorable fashion. The Cougars scored 21 points in the final 2:33 - the final seven points coming on a 41-yard "Hail Mary" pass from Jim McMahon to Clay Brown as time expired and Kurt Gunther's PAT kick.
- BYU 24, Michigan 17 in the 1984 Holiday Bowl: "That was for the national championship," says Edwards succinctly of the Cougars' come-from-behind effort in the game culminating BYU's undefeated, untied season and No. 1 ranking.
- BYU 28, Miami 21 in 1990: Defending national champion and preseason favorite Miami opened its season by getting ambushed in Provo - and eventual Heisman winner Ty Detmer enjoyed early season ESPN exposure.
- BYU 21, Notre Dame 14 in 1994: After two losses to the Irish in as many years, the Cougars concluded a three-game series by winning in South Bend, Ind. Edwards retains his record of never having been winless against an opponent in a three-game series.
ADD EDWARDS: Is there one game Edwards considers as the most frustrating or disappointing of his career?
Without hesitation, he singles out BYU's 38-37 loss to Indiana in the 1979 Holiday Bowl. "In 1979, we had a very good football team - our first undefeated team," remembers Edwards.
Asked what he would do different if he could coach that game again, Edwards' response is simple: "Just win it."
NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOE BUSINESS: Florida State is one of the latest universities to join the Nike fold. Part of the five-year, $6 million deal has all 17 FSU intercollegiate sports teams wearing Swooshes.
Nike also makes a $100,000 cash gift to the university's capital campaign and adds another $750,000 donation for minority and women's programs and a degree-completion program for former student athletes.