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SPORTSDAY Bucks' flavor international


SPORTSDAY  Bucks' flavor international There is a National Basketball Association category in which the Milwaukee Bucks are at the top of the league.

Based on opening-night rosters, the Bucks have seven international players, the most of any team on the NBA .

There are 83 international players in the league as the season starts, which equals the highest number the NBA has ever had. The opening-night rosters at the start of the 2006-'07 season also had 83 internationals.

Charlotte, Sacramento and Toronto have five international players each, the next-biggest number behind the Bucks.

The seven Bucks internationals are Carlos Delfino (Argentina), Andrew Bogut (Australia), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), Roko Ukic (Croatia), Francisco Elson (Netherlands), Dan Gadzuric (Netherlands) and Ersan Ilyasova (Turkey).

When the 1999-'00 season started, there were 36 international players in the league.

Popularity contest

The Bucks fared well in the international players' category, but not in a popularity poll.

From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 15,452 respondents who said they were fans of the NBA were asked to name their favorite team.

The Bucks finished 21st in the 30-team league. They received 0.5% of the vote.

When the poll was taken throughout 2004, and 24,009 respondents picked their favorites, the Bucks finished 20th with 0.6% of the vote.

This year the Lakers finished first, just as they did in '04, with 9.4% of the vote, followed by Boston (5.1%), Cleveland (3.1%), Chicago (3.0%) and Detroit (1.9%).

ESPN Sports Poll, a service of TNS Sport, conducted the polls.

Star treatment, for sure

Among the allegations former NBA referee Tim Donaghy makes in the book he recently published is the declaration that NBA refs treat league stars differently from other players.

Former Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale, now a studio analyst for TNT, recalled that he encountered star treatment in his very first NBA game.

"There has always been star treatment," McHale said. "I was in the NBA for my first game and I go up to do what I think is a good block and they blow the whistle. They yell, 'Foul on No. 32.' I said, '32? You mean 33? Larry (Bird) is the one who fouled him.' He said, 'You want Larry to have three or you to have one?' I said, 'My foul!' They've always done that."

Go-to celebrity

As we guessed, David Letterman's writers are going to mine Brett Favre as much as they can this season.

On Thursday's "Late Show" on CBS-TV, Favre earned a double dip - once in Letterman's monolog and once on the Top Ten list.

"Anybody fly in on Northwest Airlines?" Letterman asked the studio audience. "Where were you supposed to go? This is a great tale in the history of American aviation. Northwestern Airlines Flight 737 or something takes off from San Diego going to Minneapolis. These guys took about as long to land in Minnesota as Brett Favre."

Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco read the "Top Ten revelations in Chad Ochocinco's autobiography." No. 4 was: "Brett Favre is so old, his social security number is 1."

Heard it before

Favre told Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network he recalls two games when he was booed at Lambeau Field.

"I would say the worst was when (Mike) Holmgren came back for the Monday night game against Seattle," Favre said. I threw five picks. And after about the third one everybody had enough, including me. Another time was playing Minnesota, Randy Moss' breakout game. We couldn't do anything. We couldn't stop him."

Pulling opposite ways

Although viewership on TV for the first two World Series games was way up nationally, in Milwaukee the pattern is the opposite.

Game 2 of the Yankees-Phillies series Thursday night had 18.9 million viewers nationally, a 48% increase over the number of viewers who watched Game 2 last year between the Phillies and the Rays. The Yankees, who play in the nation's largest market, obviously have more national appeal than the Rays.

But in the Milwaukee market, the rating for Game 2 Thursday was 8.7, a 10.3% drop from the 9.7 Game 2 of Phillies-Ray got here in '08. The two-game Series average rating is down 16.6% in Milwaukee compared with last year.

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