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The working title is “The McGwire Family Secret: The Truth About Steroids, a Slugger and Ultimate Redemption.” You’ll find it in bookstores right next to “How Serena Foot-Faulted Her Way To Nine Slams,” by Venus Williams.


Hope Greg Maddux sent a Christmas card to his brother Mike. I mean, Greg only had, what, 316 more wins? Can’t imagine there being any jealousy in that family.


The NFL Players Association is reportedly down to five candidates for its vacant executive director’s job. Three finalists will be selected at the union’s annual meeting in March, and then Bryant Gumbel will decide which seems least likely to be the commissioner’s “personal pet.”


Worth checking out: a Web site steeped in Capitals nostalgia -

My friend Robert, the Virginia Tech diehard, tipped me off to it. “I feel like I just hit the jackpot,” he e-mailed. “This site even has excerpts from the radio broadcast of the Caps’ first-ever shutout against the Kansas City Scouts [in 1975]!”

It also has a classic picture of Roy Rogers, complete with cowboy hat, holding up a Caps jersey with star center Guy Charron. (Roy’s hamburger chain was one of the club’s major advertisers in the early years.)

“My father and I attended our first hockey game in February 1975,” the Web site’s creator says. “… During warmups, an errant slapshot found the forehead of a woman sitting five seats down the row from us, knocking her unconscious. Perhaps I should have taken that as a sign and avoided a lot of future heartbreak.”

Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t already, and pay the site a visit - if only to listen to some vintage Ron Weber play-by-play.


If Mike Shanahan ends up as the next coach of the Chiefs - on Friday he was said to be negotiating with them, on Saturday “sources” were denying that was the case - it would be practically unprecedented. What would be practically unprecedented, you ask? Answer: a famous coach leaving one team and immediately taking over another in the same division. It hasn’t happened, according to my research, since 1970, when Don Shula went from the Baltimore Colts to the Miami Dolphins (a hire, let’s not forget, that cost the ‘Fins a first-round draft pick in compensation).

Coaches traditionally prefer to put some distance between their old employer and their new one. When Bill Parcells left the Giants in the early ‘90s, for instance, he went to the Patriots, who are in the other conference. When Mike Holmgren left the Packers later in the ‘90s, he went to the Seahawks, who were also in the AFC back then.

This is fairly standard practice. Yes, George Seifert moved to Carolina after winning two Super Bowls with the 49ers, and Tom Flores relocated to Seattle (again, an AFC West club at the time) after winning two titles with the Raiders, but not right away. Both took a sabbatical of several years between jobs. Shanahan, on the other hand, would be jumping right back in with one of the Broncos’ archenemies. Now that would be fun.

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