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$_GET not working for querystring

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I have a players.php page with links like this:

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]echo "<td><a href='stats.php?name=$name'><b>$name</b></a></td>";[/quote]

In stats.php, I have this:

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]$name = $_GET['$name'];
echo "name = $name";

$query ="SELECT RBI FROM playerstats WHERE name='$name'";
$result = mysql_query ($query) or die (mysql_error());
$myrow = mysql_fetch_array($result);
echo "RBI: " . $row["RBI"];[/quote]

$name is echoing nothing.

also tried
[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]$name = $HTTP_GET_VARS['$name'];
and still $name is echoing nothing.

This is driving me batty! (no pun intended) Should be simple, right but I'm not pulling in the querystring. Help please!

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don't use the dollar-sign within GET or POST etc.
// $name = $_GET['$name'];
$name = $_GET['name'];
should fix it

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