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Published February 2, 1998
LOS LOBOS: In Hartford, Jeff Goldberg criticized a new ESPN ad promoting its ESPY Awards which appears to make "a joke of sexual harassment in the workplace, an issue that is decidedly not funny." In the ad, ESPY host Norm MacDonald and Rebecca Lobo are shown demonstrating basketball techniques when MacDonald embraces Lobo "and holds her for several seconds. A clearly uncomfortable Lobo tells MacDonald: 'That's a foul.' MacDonald replies sheepishly that he's allowed five of them." Goldberg: "It's hard to imagine the same network that has helped build national interest in women's college basketball would promote its award show in such a manner. It's equally surprising that Lobo ... allowed herself to be part of it." In the ad, Lobo appears in her WNBA Liberty uniform (HART. COURANT, 1/30). HEARING ISIAH: NBC's Isiah Thomas noted a sign during the WNBA Finals that said, "Cynthia Cooper -- You are da man." Thomas: "That was the highest compliment that she probably could ever be paid, because she transcends" ("NBA on NBC," 2/1). In Chicago, Michael Hirsley writes that Thomas "still has an annoying habit of laughing too long at his own attempts at humor," but that he "did impart some serious analysis Sunday" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/2). NOTES: In Toronto, Rob Longley writes, "Much less intrusive than some of its other gimmicks, Fox's miking" of coaches Pat Burns and Colin Campbell during its NHL coverage Saturday "added something to the telecast" (TORONTO SUN, 2/2)....In Chicago, Pat Sullivan wrote that the Tribune Co.'s decision to move some Cubs telecasts off WGN shows "a glaring lack of confidence" in the team (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/1)....In Montreal, Jack Todd: "[H]as there ever been a more wobbly Olympic Eve scandal than the pseudo-Sudafed scoop dreamed up by [SI]?" Todd: "Is SI really that desperate to make an Olympic splash?" (GAZETTE, 2/2).