Want to be with it this year? Want to be on the cutting edge of the sporting world? The following is a primer on what's in and what's out. Read on, get a grip:

- Gerald Ford golf jokes are out; Dan Quayle golf jokes are in.- Frank Layden bashing is out; Jerry Sloan bashing is in - but not to Jerry's face.

- BYU football is out; Utah football is in . . . well, at least until September.

- The wave is out; beach ball bouncing is in.

- Robin Givens is out; Robin Givens is in; Robin Givens is out; Robin Givens is in; Robin Givens is out; Robin Givens is in; . . .

- Jack Nicklaus is out; Ian Woosnam is in.

- College basketball is out; pro basketball is in.

- The Edmonton Oilers are out; The Los Angeles Kings are in.

- The Boston Celtics are out; the Detroit Pistons are in.

- Ben Johnson's doctor is out; Florence Griffith Joyner's doctor is in.

- Horseback rides at the Santa Barbara ranch are out; horseshoes at the White House is in.

- Dropback passers are out; scramblers are in.

- Larry Bird is out; Michael Jordan is in.

- Split-fingered fastballs are out; Orel Hershiser is in.

- Oklahoma football is out; SMU football is back in.

- Dick Vitale is out; John Madden is still in.

- The Trappers are out; the Golden Eagles are in.

- Hiked-up socks are out; squashed-down socks are in.

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is out; Mark Eaton is in.

- The Refrigerator is out; black quarterbacks are in.

- Steroids are out - in the open; steroids are in.

- Throwing toilet paper on the court is out; throwing paper airplanes is in.

- Long hair is out; flattops and aircraft carriers are in.

- Larry Brown is out; Larry Brown is in; Larry Brown is out; Larry Brown is in; Larry Brown is out; Larry Brown is in . . .

- Two-legged track suits are out (for women); one-legged track suits are in.

- Short skis are out; flourescent skis are in.

- Jackie Sherrill is out; Lou Holtz is in.

- Michael Spinks is out (Michael? Michael?); Mike Tyson is in.

- The wishbone is out; play-action is in.

- Short games are out; TV timeouts are in.

- Peter Ueberroth is out; free agency is in.

- Billy Martin is out; Tommy Lasorda is in.

- Dumping gatorade on the coach is out; Pat Riley's wet look is in.

- Headbands are out; star wars visors are in.

- Michael Smith and Bob Davis interviews are out; controlled quotes are in.

- The Southwest Conference is out; the Pac-10 is in.

- The Boz is out; The Boomer is in.

- The Dolphins are out; the Bills are in.

- John McEnroe is out; widebody racquets are in.

- Kentucky is out; Loyola-Marymount is in.

- Calgary and Seoul are out; Albertville and Madrid are in.

- Square grooves are out; metal woods are in.

- Kate Smith is out; Whitney Houston is in.

- Karl Malone's old contract is out; Karl Malone's new contract is in.

- And 1988 is out; 1989 is in. It happened last night, while we slept.