- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Jaromir Jagr scoring his 500th goal while playing for the Capitals kinda makes up for Mike Gartner scoring his 500th while playing for the Rangers.

So it goes in sports these days. Jagr gets No.500 with the Caps, Bob Knight gets No.800 with Texas Tech and Roger Clemens will probably get No.300 this season with the Yankees.

I'm not sure what this means, but: Only 13 months after Steve Spurrier left the University of Florida, the Gators were ranked No.1 in men's basketball for the first time.

Are you like me? Whenever you see the words "Florida basketball," do you immediately think of Neal Walk, the second pick in the '69 NBA Draft after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." Sounds like a movie about Cris Carter's comeback with the Dolphins.

Did you see Jennifer Lopez won $400,000 betting on the Bucs in the Super Bowl? Wonder who she likes in the Kentucky Derby.

My favorite Super Bowl bet is still the one an anonymous gambler made back in '95. He put down $2.4million on the 49ers at 1-to-8 odds and wound up making $300,000.

Arena Football note: Seven days after the Bucs beat the Raiders, Tampa Bay assistant coach Jay Gruden threw six touchdown passes to lead the Orlando Predators to a 47-35 victory over the Chicago Rush.

Heard in the office: "All this whining about the Lions signing Steve Mariucci [without considering minority candidates] is like saying you've got to interview Shawn Bradley before you can sign Shaquille O'Neal."

Speaking of Mariucci, the newspapers made a big deal of the fact that he and Michigan State hoops coach Tom Izzo are both from Iron Mountain, Mich. But let's not forget another product of that town: Gene Ronzani, coach of the Green Bay Packers from '50 to '53 (after eight seasons as a running back with the Bears).

That's right, folks, Iron Mountain, Mich., population 8,700, has produced two NFL head coaches.

Hometowns, Part II: One of Maryland's football recruits, offensive tackle Brock Choate, is from Montoursville, Pa. the same tiny hamlet that spawned Mike Mussina. Choate went to Loyalsock Township High School, though; Moose attended Mountoursville Area High.

At his current pace of 21.2 points a game, George Washington's Chris Monroe would finish his career with at least 2,255 points (depending on how deep the Colonials go in the Atlantic 10 tournament). That would make him the No.5 all-time scorer in the Washington area among Division I players. The current top 10:
1. David Robinson, Navy, 1983-87, 2,669
2. Carlos Yates, George Mason, '81-85, 2,420
3. Sleepy Floyd, Georgetown, '78-82, 2,304
4. Juan Dixon, Maryland, '98-02, 2,269
5. Joe Holup, GW, '53-56, 2,226
6. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown, '81-85, 2,184
7. Kenny Sanders, George Mason, '85-89, 2,177
8. Len Bias, Maryland, '82-86, 2,149
9. Reggie Williams, Georgetown, '83-87, 2,117
10. Chris Monroe, GW, '99-03, 2,064
FYI: Boo Bowers ('77-81) is the top scorer in American University history with 2,056 points.

Trivia question: Robinson averaged 21 points in his Navy career. Not bad. One local sports figure, however, averaged 29.1 as a collegian, 20th-best in Division I annals. Who is it? (Answer below.)

Coming soon to a bookstore near you: "Secrets of the 3-3 Defense," by Seton Hall basketball coach Louis Orr.

The Dixie Conference (Ferrum, Christopher Newport et al.) has decided to change its name to the USA South Atlantic Conference. This is not to be confused with the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Metro Atlantic Conference, the Central Atlantic Conference, the South Atlantic Conference, the Middle Atlantic Conference or the Atlantic Central Football Conference.

It could have been worse. It could have changed its name to the Big South Atlantic Conference.

They don't have this problem on the Other Coast, you know. Out there, there's only the Pacific-10 Conference and Pacific West Conference.

Number of the Week: 806. (Total hours NBC and its affiliated networks plan to devote to coverage of the 2004 Olympics.)
Unless we can talk them out of it, that is.

Answer to trivia question: Wizards coach Doug Collins, who averaged 29.1 points a game for Illinois State from 1970 to '73.

Saw in The Competition the other morning that the NBA is marketing three Pete Maravich throwback jerseys a New Orleans Jazz one, an Atlanta Hawks one and a Boston Celtics one. The Celtics jersey is a scream. I mean, most fans will end up wearing it longer than Pistol Pete did. (Maravich was with the Celts from Jan.22 to March30, 1980, a grand total of 68 days.)

If they're peddling Pete Maravich Celtics jerseys, can Ralph Sampson Bullets jerseys be far behind?

News item: The D.C. Council says the inaugural District of Columbia marathon brought in as much as $5million to the city last year.
Comment: And that's just the additional revenue from parking tickets and radar camera speeding citations.

When a professional athlete's last name is St.Louis, he should play for the team in St. Louis (if there is one), plain and simple. Unfortunately, not everybody agrees with me on this point. Martin St. Louis, for instance, a right wing in the NHL, toils for Tampa Bay (after beginning his career with Calgary). Four other pro athletes who have suffered a similar fate:
McKinley Boston, football, 1968-69 The only team this defensive end-linebacker ever suited up for was the New York Giants. (And the Patriots, remember, were known as the Boston Patriots back then.)
Reggie Cleveland, baseball, 1969 to 1981 Won 105 games for St. Louis, Boston, Texas and Milwaukee, but he never pitched for the Cleveland Indians.
Allan Houston, basketball, 1993 to present Three seasons in Detroit, seven with the New York Knicks, none with the Houston Rockets.
Kermit Washington, basketball, 1973 to 1982, '87-88 This might be the biggest injustice. Kermit, after all, played college basketball in Washington (for American U.). His NBA stops: Los Angeles, Boston, San Diego, Portland and Golden State.

Then there's:
Jim Brewer, baseball, 1960 to 1976 One of the better left-handed relievers in the game with the Dodgers and Angels, but not the Brewers.
Jason Buck, football, 1987 to 1993 Wasn't good enough for the Bucs, apparently. He did, however, earn a Super Bowl ring as a backup with the Redskins and started at defensive end for the Bengals.
Terry Falcon, football, 1978 to 1980 Spent two years as an offensive lineman with the Patriots and another with the Giants, then dropped out of the NFL without so much as a sympathy card from the Falcons.
Bernard and Albert King, basketball, 1977 to 1993 Wouldn't you figure one of them would have worn the uniform of the Kings at some point in his NBA travels? Uh-uh. Bernard put in time with the Nets (twice), Jazz, Warriors, Knicks and Bullets, and Albert with the Nets, 76ers and Spurs.

On the other hand:
Ken Houston was an All-Pro strong safety with the Houston Oilers (1967 to 1972).
John Denvir appeared in 11 games as a guard with the Denver Broncos (1962).
Jose Cardenal patrolled the outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals (1970-71).
And get this: Dave Philley played for both the Philly Athletics (1952-53) and Philly Phillies ('58-59).

And finally …
The best thing about the new seats above the Green Monster at Fenway Park is that Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier, scourge of the '96 ALCS, won't be able to reach down and take the ball out of the left fielder's glove.

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