- The Washington Times - Monday, February 10, 2003

All Edwin Moses wanted to do was get some sleep. His job as chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy was almost as hard as winning those 122 consecutive 400-meter hurdles races had been in the 1980s.
For two years now, Moses has been flying hither, thither and yon on projects for Laureus, which uses 43 prominent athletes to promote sports around the globe as a tool for progressive social change. Last week he caught a bug in Frankfurt, Germany, then spent two hectic days in India trying to aid a Laureus project there. After he grabs a snooze or two, it will be off to South America and then Sierra Leone for more of the same.
"The challenge is different than when I was competing," said Moses, 47, who retired from competition in 1989. "Then all I had to do was rely on myself. Now there are a lot of other people involved."
So does he miss the hurdles, at which he was the best ever?
"Not really. I miss the routine of competition, getting ready for big races, but I ran for the last three years with a bulging disc I didn't even know I had. Last year was the first where I was totally pain free. The injury probably made me quit three years early because I had wanted to run in [the Barcelona Olympics of] 1992. But maybe it was a blessing in disguise."
And what about his version of the Streak one that ranks right there with those of Joe DiMaggio (56 games hitting safely), Johnny Unitas (47 games with a touchdown pass) and Cal Ripken (2,632 games played)?
"I've seldom thought about it," Moses said. "When I was competing, I just went about my business every day. Now my focus is completely different."
Besides, he's too busy to concern himself with the past.
Wysocki's biggest battle
The sad word from Michael O'Harro is that close friend Pete Wysocki, one of the Washington Redskins' greatest special team players, is seriously ill with cancer of the lymph nodes at Georgetown Hospital.
Wysocki, 54, has been battling cancer for years. first in the stomach and then the tongue. Now a Northern Virginia realtor, he re-entered the hospital nine days ago.
If being a tough guy can help in this kind of fight, then Wysocki's illness has no chance. In six seasons with the Redskins (1975 to 1980), he earned a reputation for flying downfield and smashing into kick returners with the most reckless kind of abandon.
Wysocki, who wasn't drafted out of Western Michigan, played all over the place before joining George Allen's Redskins, spending time with the semipro Norfolk Neptunes and the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Once he showed up at RFK Stadium, he quickly became a fan favorite.
Exactly how tough was Wysocki? Well, he missed only two games in his career despite these injuries: a stress fracture of the right foot, torn ankle ligaments, torn hamstring, broken transverse, cracked ribs, broken left hand, various finger dislocations, hyperextensions in both elbows, separations in both shoulders, chipped teeth, cervical neck injury and five count 'em, five concussions. Nonetheless, he considered himself a healthy player who could play with pain and usually did.
Pete's facing his biggest obstacle now, and all we can do is wish him good luck.
History and Comcast
One of the nicest things about Maryland's new Comcast Center, Jack Zane's Walk of Fame, is due to get even better this week.
Murphy & Orr Co. of Forest Park, Ga., which designs displays for athletic facilities around the country, is sending its people to College Park to complete a display of 23 panels one for each varsity sport in Terptown.
On the first floor, the company will complete an All-American wall featuring all 477 of the school's athletes so honored since 1923 and an academic wall honoring Terps who gained All-American status in the classroom.
In the trivia department, can you name the two sets of brothers included in the latter display? If you're an old-timer, you might know Ed and Dick Modzelewski Big Mo and Little Mo who starred on Jim Tatum's football powerhouses of the early '50s. And you're an "A" student in Terps lore if you said Benny and Hotsy Alperstein, All-American boxers in the '30s, when fisticuffs was a thriving college sport.
(A trivial note to the above trivia answer: Little Mo was bigger than Big Mo.)
Even more improvements are planned, Zane says, who served many years as Maryland's sports information director and then athletic ticket manager before being charged by athletic director Debbie Yow with overseeing the Walk of Fame. Down the road, there will be interactive kiosks at which fans can further immerse themselves in Terps history.
It's hard to imagine a college arena better than Comcast, and the Walk of Fame is one of the big reasons.
Red Sox, for real
Guess what? The Boston Red Sox will wear brace yourself red socks this season.
The team has not worn solid red socks since before World War II, in the halcyon days when Teddy Ballgame was batting .406. When John Henry bought the team last year, a spokesman said, he was determined to revive the old look.
The club wore red socks after joining the American League as a charter member in 1901. Supposedly, they were abandoned in the early '40s because the red dye could get into spike wounds and cause infection.
Recently, manager Grady Little, first-base coach Dallas Williams and pitcher Tim Wakefield modeled the club's new uniforms, including the socks, a blue cap with a red bill and a red game jersey that will be worn occasionally at Fenway Park. Even if the club doesn't end its 84-year drought without a World Series title, it certainly will be well red.
A grave situation
News item: Green Bay Packers fans now can get married in the Lambeau Field Atrium at the newly renovated stadium.
Comment: Which Packers icon do you suppose is spinning faster, Vince Lombardi or Curly Lambeau?

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