Historic hardball on the hardwood

50 years ago today: Brawl between Art Heyman and Larry Brown intensifies Duke-UNC hostilities, ensures future decades of must-see TV. Best fight ever between two Jewish basketball players?

Will Blythe, recounting in “To Hate Like This….” a memorable interview in Heyman’s Manhattan bar, writes that “In his recollection, the brawl was triggered by a dollop of spittle….”  (spit apparently being the era’s favored medium of disrespect).