- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 4, 2001

Can't say I'm much of a fan of the virtual advertising on Fox's World Series telecasts. I might conduct one of those instant polls, though, if I sense the Sunday Column is bogging down.


World Series games in November. The Super Bowl in February. Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?

It wouldn't be the baseball postseason if some team's closer didn't see his life pass before his eyes. Byung-Hyun Kim is just the latest in a long line that includes Mitch Williams, Armando Benitez and, further back, Dan Quisenberry.

Forgive me for being underwhelmed by Curt Schilling's willingness to pitch on three days' rest in the Series. In the Octobers of my youth, you see, Bob Gibson (1964), Sandy Koufax ('65) and Mickey Lolich ('68) threw complete-game victories on two days' rest. (In the same '68 Series, the Tigers brought Denny McLain back on two days' rest in Game 6, and he went the route in a win, too.)

More recently, Roger Clemens pitched on three days' rest twice in the '86 ALCS, getting a no-decision in the first game (after Jim Rice misjudged a fly ball in the ninth) and a series-clinching victory in the second. (Stats for the two outings: 151/3 innings, 12 hits, four runs, 12 strikeouts).

You wanna talk iron men? In the 1930 World Series, George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia A's pitched back-to-back games on one day's rest. First game: seven innings, two hits, no runs, five strikeouts. Second game (which wrapped up the Series): nine innings, five hits, one run, six strikeouts. Now there was a tough guy.

The Sunday Column is launching a new feature this morning: Great Snyders in Sports History. And our first honoree is …
Loren Snyder, QB, Dallas Cowboys, 1987 An undrafted free agent from Northern Colorado, Loren was a backup on the Cowboys' '87 strike team. He completed four of nine passes for 44 yards before returning to the obscurity whence he came.
(Not to worry, folks. The Snyder Poll is alive and well and will return at a later date. I just wanted to exploit, in a slightly different way, the Snydermania that's sweeping the sports world.)

Loren Snyder may be forgotten, but some other replacement players left footprints in the NFL. One of them, in fact, still holds the Chargers' record for highest completion percentage in a game. Can you name him? (I bring him up because the Seahawks are in town to play the Redskins, and this guy works in Seattle now. Notice I said "in" Seattle, not "with" Seattle.)

Speaking of the Redskins' owner, the Tank McNamara comic strip took some more whacks at him last week. On Wednesday, the character based on Our Man Dan complained, "Look at all these cover stories about me! Young! Mega-successful! Now people laugh at me because I'm the owner of an 0-12 team." To which an unannounced visitor in his office, Hubris, replied, "A once-great organization is in chaos, the team's fans are angry and frustrated, and it's all about you?

Now that Darrell Green is starting his third straight game this afternoon because of the injury to Fred Smoot Marty Schottenheimer looks like even more of a doofus for trying to run him off during training camp.

Everybody's obsessing about what Michael Jordan stands to lose reputation-wise by coming back. But how about what he stands to lose record-wise? For instance, Jordan holds the NBA mark for most points per game in a career (31.5). But if he plays, as planned, two full seasons (164 games) and averages fewer than 22 points, he'll slip to No. 2 in that category behind Wilt Chamberlain (30.1).
Just thought you might want to know.
(Note: If Michael plays only one season, he would need to average just 14 points to stay ahead of Wilt.)

Christian Laettner was never greased lightning, but when exactly did he start wearing cement overshoes?

Still, it might be worth keeping him around if only to make Michael look quicker.

News item: Bulls end pursuit of WNBA franchise.
Comment: A wise move on Jerry Reinsdorf's part. The team he has this season just ain't good enough for the WNBA.

Why is it that bobblehead dolls never look anything like the players they're supposed to resemble? I just saw Chris Simon's bobblehead on TV it will be given out at Thursday night's game and it could easily be mistaken for anyone who has ever played for the Capitals, from Keith Acton to Dainius Zubrus.

Too bad Si cut his hair. A ponytail would have at least made his doll a little more identifiable.

Just wondering: If you tapped an Eric Lindros bobblehead a bit too firmly, would it get a concussion?

The 85-footer that slipped past Olie Kolzig the other night reminded me of the time Kevin Hatcher put one in from even farther away against Mike Richter in the '94 playoffs. (Maybe it's an omen, Olie. The Rangers won it all that year.)

No, that wasn't the sky falling on the Capitals during Friday game. It was just their scoreboard going to pieces. (The thing probably overheated when the Caps managed, after consecutive shutouts, to finally put a puck in the net.)

Answer to trivia question: Rick Neuheisel, the current University of Washington coach, completed 81.8 percent of his passes (18 of 22) in one of the '87 strike games to set a Chargers record that still stands. Neuheisel also made history of sorts in another strike game: He scooped up the ball on a botched PAT attempt and ran for a one-point conversion the last such play in the NFL. Not bad for a "career" that lasted all of three weeks.

And finally, did you read about the high school football players from Loveland, Colo., who put Pam cooking spray on their uniforms to make them more slippery? Too bad their opponents didn't know about this beforehand. They could have retaliated by using stickum on their hands.


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