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Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Updated: May 31, 3:04 PM ET
What's hot, not for the week

By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

Here's a hot new trend that will really help develop those young kids out there who want to learn to play basketball like the pros -- whining for calls. What's not hot appears to be some sort of civil acceptance of the fact that, unbelievable as it seems, you missed that layup because you aimed wrong, not because the ref jobbed you.

And that's what is on display every time Vlade Divac contorts his face and flops backward, or looks astonished every time the ref makes a call on him. (Did anyone else catch the replay where Vlade seemed to grab Samaki Walker's arm and pull it back into his face? Before getting the call, of course.) Or every time Antoine Walker howls and hurtles himself to the floor. (Did any non-Celtics fans appreciate Walker's fourth-quarter tech for complaining in Game 5?)

You know who Vlade and 'Toine are? The guys at your local Y or outdoor court who call a foul every time they shoot. Taking a jumper? Foul. Driving to the rack? Foul. Breathing on them? Foul. Abusing the unwritten code to "respect the call" of the shooter, even when the player seemingly has no self-respect. Ironically, this is going on at the same time World Cup refs are promising to put the clamps on soccer's greatest divers, floppers and actors.

OK, enough. Now take a look at the rest of what's hot and what's not this week. Feel free to share with your co-workers, buddies and significant others  they will really appreciate you for it:

What's Hot, What's Not this week
Category Hot Not
MLB "outing" controversy Pharmaceutical preference Sexual preference
Unsolvable defense The 2-3 zone Straight man-to-man
Press-conference fashion Sunglasses Hats
On-court celebration Signaling to hostile crowd Signaling to family
NBA draft hype Dan Dickau Yao Ming
Hairdo
Rick Fox

Hedo Turkoglu
NBA controversy Preps practicing with pros End-of-game instant replay
Eddie Griffin vehicle "Undercover Brother" "The New Guy"
Laker-killing move Bibby J around a pick Bobby J around the rack
Bench-warming cheerleader Mateen Cleaves Mark Madsen
Home run-hitting audience draw Shawn Green Barry Bonds
NHL goalie factory Latvia Canada
Clutch goal-scorer
Martin Gelinas

Luc Robitaille
Movie blockbuster "The Sum of All Fears" "Insomnia"
French Open star
Serena Williams

Anna Kournikova
Pressure situation Spelling-bee finals
... F-I-N-A-L-S ... finals.
Last-minute free-throws

A very special What's Hot, What's Not List supplement
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Look for special World Cup items all month long, developed with an assist from Page 2 editor Jim Wilkie.

What's Hot, What's Not at the World Cup
Category Hot Not
Current bandwagon team
Portugal

Cameroon
Spectator tip Set the alarm for 5 a.m. to watch TV broadcast Book that flight for S. Korea
U.S. name to know
Clint Mathis (it-guy flashy striker)

Tony Meola (has-been back-back-up goalie)
Group "Group of Death" (Group F -- England, Argentina, Sweden, Nigeria) "Group of Dearth" (Group H -- Belgium, Japan, Russia, Tunisia)
Scourge Flopping (The NBA has taken a lesson! See above.) Extreme nationalism
Unwanted fan Diego Maradona Sepp Blatter
Interesting effect to watch Will Argentina's success bolster country's economy? Will Italy succumb to The Curse of Roberto Baggio?
Hairstyle
The Beckham

ZZ's top (Zinedine Zidane)
Bonehead Roy Keane David Beckham
Kit
Cameroon (Sleeveless)

Poland
Underdog
South Korea

China
Goalkeeper
Oliver Kahn (Germany)

Fabien Barthez (France)
Superstar Luis Figo (Portugal) Ronaldo (Brazil)
Phenom
Owen Hargreaves (England)

Landon Donovan (USA)
Advantage Sex (on recommendation of Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez) Continental

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "What's Hot, What's Not" trend-spotting list appears Thursdays. Got inside scoop on an up-and-coming trend? Want to declare something passé? Send this glimpse of your hipness to hotnotlist@yahoo.com.