- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 9, 2001

Was that just Pete Rose I saw doing a TV commercial for Maaco?
Nah, couldn't have been.

There's no truth to the rumor that Marty Cordova, the Orioles' latest free agent pick-up, has a glove made of Corinthian leather.

This score just in, a college basketball final:
Tennessee-Martin 76, Tennessee-Ernie Ford 71.

Once upon a time, Lennox Lewis accepted a $4 million payoff not to fight Mike Tyson (clearing the way for Iron Mike to duke it out with Bruce Seldon instead). Last week Lewis sued Tyson to make sure the ex-champ fights him next. Wish the guy would make up his mind.

What's next for NFL game official Phil Luckett, a blocked punt?

Fearless prediction: Within a year, the Atlanta media will be referring to the new (pending league approval) Falcons owner as Arthur "Blankety" Blank.

The recent exploits of Martin and Bill Gramatica make you wonder: Has the NFL ever had a better pair of kicking brothers? It's too early to judge, of course, but the Gramaticas are off to a pretty impressive start. They've been good on 81.1 percent of their field goal attempts (86-for-106), haven't missed an extra point (113-for-113), and Martin made the Pro Bowl last year in just his second season. Some other brother acts to measure them against:
1. Chris (1976-89) and Matt ('79-95) Bahr Kicked 541 field goals (68 percent success rate) and scored 2,635 points playing for nine different teams. Won a combined four Super Bowl rings (Matt with the '79 Steelers and '90 Giants, and Chris with the '80 and '83 Raiders).
2. Pete ('64-74) and Charlie ('66-72) Gogolak 225 field goals (58.1 percent), 1,133 points, four teams. Pete won two AFL titles with Buffalo. Charlie, meanwhile, was the first kicker ever drafted in the first round (by the Redskins in '66).
3. Nick ('73-82) and Steve ('75-80) Mike-Mayer 182 field goals (54.3 percent), 933 points, seven teams. Nick went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie with the Falcons in '73.
4. Joaquin ('83), Max ('86-88) and Luis ('87-89) Zendejas 71 field goals (68.3 percent), 347 points, five teams. Max, you may recall, was with the Redskins in '86 and put the excitement back into the extra point (he missed five). He also got hurt late in the season, and the club had to bring in Jess Atkinson for the playoffs.
There was a fourth Zendejas, Tony, but he was a cousin, not a brother. He was the best kicker in the family, booting 186 field goals and racking up 874 points for four teams in the '80s and '90s. (Like Max, Tony passed through Washington as a rookie in '85. He couldn't unseat Mark Moseley, though, and was traded to Houston.)

Fun facts about Pete Gogolak, pro football's first soccer-style kicker:
He was obsessed with his hair. He even combed it before he put his helmet on.
Not only did he go to Cornell, his middle name was Kornel.

While there have been several kicking brothers in the NFL, there have no punting brothers for some strange reason. (Maybe punters are more apt to be only children or something.)

OK, I'll get off my kickers kick.
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The last time the Detroit Lions were 0-11 after a loss to the Redskins in the '42 finale the following headline appeared in the Free Press:
Yep, Lions Dood It: They
Complete Full Gridiron
Season Without Victory
Moral: Things could be worse, Matt Millen. (Hard as that might be to believe right now.)

Great Snyders in Sports History (fourth in a series):
Beki Snyder, pistol shooting The 25-year-old from Grand Junction, Colo., is a three-time national champ in air and sport pistol and has competed in the last two Summer Olympics. She also took the silver in sport pistol at the '99 Pan American Games and won the gold in the 2000 Australia World Cup.

Addendum to a previous "Great Snyders in Sports History," the one featuring former NBA player Dick Snyder: John Keim of the Journal Newspapers tells me Snyder sank one of the biggest shots in Cavaliers history against the Bullets in the '76 playoffs. "It was a running 10-footer from the baseline to beat them [87-85] in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals," says John, an Ohio boy. "The Cavs wound up losing to the Celtics [in the next round], but that was a great moment for them."

Speaking of addenda, Ray Didinger of NFL Films sent me this e-mail about last Sunday's list of great quotes from sports movies: "My favorite line from a sports film is John Matuszak telling off Charles Durning [the assistant coach/snitch in 'North Dallas Forty']: 'That's the trouble with you [coaches and owners]. Every time I call it a game, you call it a business, and every time I call it a business, you call it a game.'"

How can Maryland's E.J. Henderson beat out North Carolina's Julius Peppers for ACC Defensive Player of the Year and then Peppers walks off with the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in the nation?

Ralph Friedgen may have lost his title as heavyweight champion of college football coaches. Kansas just hired former Oklahoma assistant Mark Mangino, a veritable offensive line unto himself.

Somewhere, Howard Cosell is chuckling. The same actor who played FDR in "Pearl Harbor" Jon Voight is playing Humble Howard in the upcoming "Ali."

Knowing Howard, he was probably hoping Brando would get the part.
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News item: Florida phenom Ty Tryon earns PGA Tour card at 17.
Comment: Great. The kid's old enough to play 18 holes, but he's too young to buy a drink at the 19th hole.

And finally, you had to figure Nikki McCray's days with the Mystics were numbered after LaVar Arrington showed her up in their one-on-one game. She should be a perfect fit in Indiana, though. The Fever were looking for a two-guard who could sing the national anthem.

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