- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

The Rose Bowl-bound Maryland Terrapins …
Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?


It sure sounds better than "the Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl-bound Maryland Terrapins."

The Sunday Column was distressed to see Fresno State lose to Boise State the other night. Ralph Friedgen's juggernaut vs. Bulldogs quarterback David Carr (who's being eyed by the Redskins) would have been a heck of a Pasadena pairing.

What Fresno alum Trent Dilfer said about Carr during the game on ESPN is absolutely right. The kid's "ability to throw on the run" is "unbelievable." He's kinda like Jake Plummer only bigger.

You've also got to love the guy for naming his son Austin Austin Carr. That's almost as good as Alfre Woodard's character in "Mumford" naming her dog Danny Ainge.

Not to be a worrywart, but the Terps' Nov. 3 game against Troy State suddenly doesn't look like such a walkover. The Trojans knocked off Mississippi State last week in Starkville and were surprisingly competitive against Miami.

The empty seats at Turner Field during the Braves' postseason are reminiscent of the Orioles' problems selling tickets in the late '60s and early '70s. The O's hosted nine World Series games in '69, '70 and '71 and had capacity crowds for only three of them. Average attendance for the nine games: 49,926 (with a low of 44,174 for Game 6 of the '71 Series). This, at a time when Memorial Stadium seated 52,000-plus. Such is the price of success in some markets, at least. But fans in most towns, I suspect, would love to be "bored" by a decade of excellence.

You have to admit, Baltimore has come a looong way as a baseball town. Now the Orioles can field one of the worst teams in the league and still sell out frequently.

I'm not sure if that's a compliment to Baltimoreans or not.

I told ya Peter Bondra was going to come out flying this season (seven goals in his first seven games).

Given Ted Leonsis' PR acumen, I'm a little surprised he didn't insist that Jaromir Jagr's new contract be for $68 million matching his jersey number instead of $77 million (Ray Bourque's number). But, hey, if it enables the Caps to lock up Jagr for seven years (with an option for an eighth) instead of six, how can you complain?

In case you were wondering, the over/under on how long Jagr remains the Highest Paid Player in the Game is 20 months.

The Penguins can fire their coach after four games, but the Redskins can't fire theirs after five? What's up with that?

John Daly has made enough dough on the European tour this year in just six tournaments to rank 14th on the money list (with 726,830.69 euros, more than Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez). But because he isn't a card-carrying member, his name doesn't appear in the rankings.

Tiger Woods Stat of the Week: In 121 PGA Tour events, Tiger has 29 firsts, eight seconds, nine thirds and 69 top 10s, but for some strange reason has never finished sixth.
Just thought you might like to know.

News item: Redskins rookie Sage Rosenfels will be inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in March.
Comment: Sage is a swell quarterback, but he's no Sid Luckman or Benny Friedman or Jay Fiedler, for that matter.

This oughta improve your mood: The Cowboys' eight-game winning streak against the Redskins is the longest in the series' history. The next longest is six by Dallas from '68 to '70 and again from '79 to '82. But at least those Cowboys teams were decent. The last five Cowboys teams are a combined 30-39 (22-39 against everybody but Washington). The horror.

Nothing much is expected to happen between now and the NFL trading deadline Tuesday as usual. It's hard to make a trade during the season these days in part because of salary cap restraints and in part because players are so available in the offseason, thanks to free agency. Why give up something for a guy when you might be able to get him for nothing in February? The biggest deadline deal in the last five years, believe it or not: linebacker Wayne Simmons from Green Bay to Kansas City in '97 for a fifth-round pick (which turned out to be receiver Corey Bradford).

The last time a No. 1 pick changed hands at the deadline was in 1990, when Dallas sent quarterback Steve Walsh to New Orleans for first-, second- and third-round choices. Some other memorable deadline deals (just for nostalgia's sake):
1991 Linebacker Tim Harris from Green Bay to San Francisco for No. 2s in '92 and '93. The Packers returned the first second-rounder to the 49ers as compensation for hiring Mike Holmgren as their coach. (He was on the Niners' staff at the time.) Not a bad swap when you look at it that way: Harris for Holmgren and a No. 2.
1989 Herschel Walker from Dallas to Minnesota for half the Vikings team.
1988 Offensive guard (and Maryland alum) Ron Solt from Indianapolis to Philadelphia for a No. 1 and a No. 4. The Colts used the first-rounder to draft Andre Rison.
1987 Eric Dickerson from the L.A. Rams to Indy for three No. 1s, three No. 2s and running backs Greg Bell and Owen Gill.
1986 Ottis Anderson from St. Louis to the New York Giants for a No. 2 and a No. 7.
1985 Linebacker Hugh Green from Tampa Bay to Miami for a No. 1 and No. 2.
1984 Receiver Calvin Muhammad from the L.A. Raiders to Washington for a No. 4. Without Muhammad, the Redskins never would have made the playoffs.
1982 Defensive end Fred Dean from San Diego to San Francisco for a swap of No. 1 picks and a No. 2. Dean, a relentless pass rusher, made the 49ers' defense whole; two years later, they won the Super Bowl.

And finally, when ESPN.com heard that Anna Kournikova was considering being a Bond girl in an upcoming James Bond flick, it decided to solicit suggestions for her character's name. My favorite submission: Anita Tourwin.
If it were up to me, though and keeping in mind that this is a family newspaper I'd call her Lola Palooza. (Catch me privately, however, and I'll tell you what I'd really call her.)

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