- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 19, 2003

Just for the sake of argument, let's say Eagles 19, Bucs 13, and Raiders 30, Titans 20.

The first game kicks off at 3p.m., which gives you plenty of time to check out Warren Sapp's Web site. The address I kid you not is: www.qbkilla.com.

Speaking of the Tampa Bay defensive tackle, a waiter in Tampa told me Sapp is "a lousy tipper 3 percent, no matter how big the check. And it pains me to say that, because I'm a [Miami] Hurricanes fan."

This situation with Bucs receiver Joe Jurevicius reminds me of a similar episode in 1947 before a game between the Bears and Cardinals to decide the Western Conference title. That time it was Cards halfback Babe Dimancheff who wasn't able to practice all week because his wife had just given birth. Problem was, the team's coaches had drawn up a special play for him that they wanted to use on the first play from scrimmage. It called for Babe to line up at right half he always played left half and run a deep route past the Bears' safety, who was deemed too slow to keep up with him.
As fate would have it, the Cardinals won the coin toss and started on their 20. On first down, "Dimancheff, as the Cards had planned, out-sped [the safety], caught [Paul] Christman's pass in mid-field while in full flight and raced on to a touchdown," Howard Roberts wrote in "The Story of Pro Football." "The Bears never fully recovered from this quick knockout" and went on to lose, 30-21."

In other words, the Eagles might want to keep an eye on Jurevicius early in the game. Double-covering him, in fact, would probably be a good idea.

Dimancheff must have really loved the Missus. Earlier in his career, when he was with the Boston Yanks, he refused to sign a contract until owner Ted Collins "promised to get his wife an audition as a singer," according to a magazine article in '45. (Collins had a few "ins" in the music business, being the manager of Kate Smith.)

From the Sunday Column mailbox:
Dear Dan,
If I read one more story about the Bucs' inability to win in sub-40
degree temperatures, I'm gonna scream. Those fellas don't know the meaning of the word cold.
Sincerely,
Ted Williams
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lester "the Molester" Hayes on the Raiders of the '70s and '80s (as quoted by the Los Angeles Times): "In those days, there were a lot of men in the NFL that had the mentality of a gladiator. There was the mentality of going on a bicuspid search, a molar search and an incisor search.
There was a mentality of, if an opposing player sees his own blood, how would the opposing player react? The focus of that mentality was to bend an opponent's confidence, bend an opponent's courage, and by the fourth quarter look in an opponent's eyes and take his will to fight."

Number of the week: $3,525.
How much extra a Redskins club seat holder will pay over the next four seasons if he agrees to tear up his original 10-year contract and sign a new one that extends through 2012 (based on a club seat price of $1,995 annually). If the club seat holder doesn't accept Dan Snyder's "special" offer, he'll be gouged even worse in 2007, when his contract runs out.

Imagine how much Snyder would charge folks if the Redskins were actually good.

With friends like Dan, who needs personal seat licenses?

First Joe Foss dies, then Sid Gillman and now Will McDonough all names synonymous with the old American Football League. I feel like my youth is flashing before my eyes.

Tony Siragusa manages a respectable Russian accent for his role as a Ukrainian leg-breaker in Spike Lee's new film, "The 25th Hour." But then, why should anyone be surprised? When Goose played for the Ravens, they always ranked high in rushin' defense.

Hot off the presses: "Roger Staubach, Captain America" by Mike Towle ($12.95, Cumberland House Publishing). There's some interesting stuff in this oral biography, particularly about Staubach's days at the Naval Academy. Here's Bud Thalman, the former Mids publicist, reminiscing about the year Staubach won the Heisman Trophy:
"One of the things that happened in 1963, and which was unique in the world of athletics, is that Roger was on the cover of Time. He also appeared on the covers of Life and Sports Illustrated, giving him the Time magazine trifecta. At least, sort of.
"I remember when the guy from Life magazine called me about Roger's being on the cover, and I asked the guy if there was anything that could keep Roger off. He said, 'Only some sort of catastrophe.' Well, there was a catastrophe Kennedy was assassinated. The Life cover that Roger appeared on never got distributed. They ran a million copies and threw them all away but three. Roger has one of them, I have one and the superintendent of the Naval Academy at the time had one."

Did you see Pete Rose might get voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame? That would rank right up there with Jerry Lewis being awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Just wondering: How many takes do you figure Juan Dixon needed to sink that shot in the 355 Toyota commercial?

No fewer than six international players have been chosen to play in the rookie game during the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Atlanta Yao Ming (China), Pau Gasol (Spain), Gordan Giricek (Croatia), Nene Hilario (Brazil), Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) and Tony Parker (France).
So as not to show favoritism, the P.A. guy at Philips Arena is going to make all his announcements in Latin.

News item: Steve Lavin could be on the way out as basketball coach at UCLA.
Comment: In a related story, Proctor & Gamble, maker of Vidal Sassoon styling gel, was down 3/8.

Question: Why does LeBron James drive a Hummer?
Answer: Because he doesn't know the words.

Couldn't help noticing the item in Sports Illustrated about former Olympic swimming star Dara Torres, age 35, getting hitched to surgeon Ike Shasha, age 55. Not to worry, though. It isn't the biggest age difference between a female sports figure and her better half. Some other notable May-December marriages:
2002 Former tennis player Pam Shriver (39) and actor George Lazenby (62). They honeymooned last July at Wimbledon, where Pam was doing television commentary for the BBC. Age difference: 23 years.
1995 Skater Nancy Kerrigan (25) and her agent, Jerry Solomon (40). A son, Matthew, was born 15 months later. Age difference: 15 years.
1985 SI swimsuit model Elle Macpherson (21) and photographer Gilles Bensimon (41). Bensimon was creative director of Elle magazine. The union lasted until 1989. Age difference: 20 years.
1980s (sorry, I couldn't pin it down any more than that) Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers and Baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale. Drysdale died of a heart attack after broadcasting a Dodgers game in 1993. Age difference: 18 years.
1979 CBS sportscaster Phyllis George (29) and Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown (45). George was a former Miss America; Brown owned, at one time or another, several pro basketball teams, including the Boston Celtics. They divorced in 1996. Age difference: 16 years.
1980 Former jockey Robyn Smith (35) and dancer/actor Fred Astaire (81). The granddaddy of them all. There's some confusion, however, about Smith's birth date because she spent her early life in foster homes. (It's either Aug. 14, 1942 or Aug. 14, 1944.) Either way, though . Age difference: 46 (or 44) years.

Current female athlete who might someday join the list: Anna Kournikova. She's just using Sergei Federov (11 years her senior) as a warmup, if you ask me. Ten buck says she marries a middle-aged sheik or maybe George Hamilton.

And finally, a new reality TV show is in the works that will give an ordinary man the chance to fight Mike Tyson.
The first three ordinary men the producers have lined up are Peter McNeeley, Lou Savarese and Julius Francis.


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