Sport: The Bullets Are Biting

Detroit's Cobo Hall was jumping. In one sector of the huge entertainment complex pro tennis players were trading shots with muscular precision. A second area was awhirl with the lithe acrobatics of a track meet. On the Arena's basketball court the hometown Pistons were preparing to play the Washington Bullets. In that three-ring atmosphere, the management appropriately promised that costumed "clowns will perform throughout the game." The unintended reference ultimately proved embarrassing to the Pistons. Treating them like part of the sideshow, the Bullets won by 25 points and reinforced the claim that under the N.B.A.'s big top they are now...

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