- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2002

Things to think about while waiting for Patrick Ramsey to become the next Heath Shuler (just kidding, folks):

Is somebody nuts? A Super Bowl in Washington? It's about as wacky as the idea of having the Summer Olympics in D.C. and Charm City or maybe as the weather lately.
Speaking of weather, doesn't Dan Snyder realize that it might be 15 degrees and snowing if Super Bowl Whatever kicks off at FedEx Field on the last Sunday of January 2007? Of course, it also could be 70 degrees, but that's the point around here, ya never know.
As far as this area's success at luring events and teams is concerned, how are our Washington Nats doing? I can't seem to find them in the standings.
You've got to give Snyder credit for original ideas. Forget the Deion Sanders disaster and look at his track record this year alone. First, he hires a head coach who doesn't know, er, spit about defense and personnel and could care less. Then he announces he wants to buy a baseball team for D.C., never mind that two other groups have been trying for years. Next thing you know he'll be forming a committee to bring the world's best athletes into our midst for the 2012 Summer Cheating Games. I mean, nothing ventured

Ballcoach That's what Steve Spurrier calls himself, although this good ol' Southern boy pronounces it bawlcoach. And bawl is what he might do this season when he discovers that the NFL ain't a branch of the SEC. There aren't any Vanderbilts in this league, Steve baby, though the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans may come close.
I don't know how the Redskins will fare next season, but I do know this: They're gonna be glorious or ghastly nothing in between. Spurrier apparently is approaching his job differently than any other pro coach, and the results should be fascinating.
Reporter at press conference: "Steve, any changes on defense this week?"
Spurrier: "Yo, Marvin Lewis, where are you at ?"
As an offensive genius, Spurrier has no equal at least in college ranks and I love the way he makes it all sound so simple: "We just gonna chuck that bawl downfield an' have somebody run under it."
His publicly casual approach is enough to make Gen. Marty Schottenheimer roll over in his grave new assignment of turning the Chargers into an NFL team. But when it comes to quarterbacks, hasn't Spurrier forgotten somebody?
Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerffel, Sage Rosenfels, Dameyune Craig now there's a QB corps that should make opposing defenses quake and quiver. But shouldn't Spurrier be asking Dan the Man to get him Ryan Leaf for insurance?

Simply wondrous The death of former Senators shortstop Sam Dente at 79 recalls one of the most bizarre chapters in Washington baseball history.
In the spring of 1949, Clark Griffith's Nats got off to a terrible start, something like 2-11. Then they went "west" meaning Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis and somehow won nine in a row.
When the "Wondrous Nats" returned home, they were treated to a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue as the multitudes cheered and wept. Many fans carried hand-lettered signs in honor of their heroes: "We'll win plenty with Sam Dente," "We'll go far with [second baseman] Al Kozar," "[Third baseman] Eddie Yost is the most."
The aftermath was not good. The Senators finished oh-so-dead last with a 50-104 record, becoming the first Griffith team in 38 years to lose more than 100 games. And although Dente batted a respectable .273 that season, he finished his nine-year major league career in 1953 with a lifetime average of .252 and just four home runs in 2,370 official at-bats.
Also, when manager Joe Kuhel was fired after the season, he produced one of the best sports quotes ever, usually printed at the time as "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken feathers." But I understand, on good authority, that he didn't really say "feathers."

So long, Chris Certainly, I can see why Chris Wilcox left Maryland after two years to pursue his $20million or $30zillion as a likely NBA lottery pick; under the circumstances, you or I might do the same thing. But I don't like it. I don't like it a bit.
I enjoyed basketball more in the old days (circa 1972) when freshmen couldn't play varsity ball and a hotshot couldn't turn pro until his class graduated. Sure there were many abuses of the "hardship rule," but at least college coaches had a reasonable chance of keeping their stars for three (later four) years.
Without Wilcox, the Terrapins will be a longer long shot to repeat their national championship, even with a superduper class of recruits coming in. It shouldn't really be that way, a sentiment Gary Williams undoubtedly shares.

Take that, Bud News item: The Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos, slated for contraction during the offseason, were in first place in their respective divisions after three weeks of rounders activity.
Comment: Do you suppose Somebody Up There really does like baseball, or perhaps irony?


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