Slashing a crowd into a frenzyIn Atlanta, it's the...

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October 26, 1991

Slashing a crowd into a frenzy

In Atlanta, it's the tomahawk chop. In Greenville, N.C., the latest rage is the saber slash.

The new move is in anticipation of 20th-ranked East Carolina's big day today, a showdown with No. 23 Pittsburgh. And, much like fans of the Braves, Pirates backers will be armed with purple or gold plastic foam sabers, hoping to help cut up the Panthers for a sixth straight victory.

"Unbelievably fantastic," bookstore owner Don Edwards said of sales of the sabers, which have reached 3,000 in three days. "We have had more fun than somebody ought to have with this thing."

Palm reading

Jane Fonda pledged to stop doing the tomahawk chop after American Indian groups complained that it's demeaning. Yet she and Braves owner Ted Turner could be seen in their first-row box at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium with their hands going up and down.

Fonda says she's true to her promise. Instead of chopping with the edge of her hands, she says, she moved her hands with the palms flat. Larry Siddons of The Associated Press calls it the "Palmahawk Chop."

The quote

Golfer Larry Nelson, a fan of the Atlanta Braves, on playing in last week's Walt Disney World Classic: "I want to win here, stand on the 18th green and say, 'I'm going to the World Series.' "

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