- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 25, 2003

Things to think about while waiting for the Super Bowl pregame show to begin and never end.
Miller Lite has had some terrific commercials over the years with people like Marv Throneberry, Boog Powell and Billy Martin joining the tastes great/less filling argument. Nowadays, though, its ad agency seems bent on using sex instead of humor to sell suds. Did you catch the one with the two barely clad women fighting? How about no taste/less filling?
And if I see that naked, pixilated streaker hop onto the soccer field one more time, I may take off my clothes and go running down New York Avenue at rush hour. (Just kidding, boss.)
cIf millions of viewers use Super Bowl timeouts to dash to the refrigerator or bathroom, I don't understand why advertisers keep spending millions of dollars for 30-second spots? I guess I'd never make it on Madison Ave.
cLet's get on record with a prediction. The fact that Jon Gruden coaches the Bucs and used to coach the Raiders will be mentioned 47,651 times on ABC tomorrow. And how many fans in the stands will be holding up pictures of "Chucky"?
I'm glad to see the folks at the Sci-Fi Channel had enough of a quirky sense of humor to schedule two of the "Chucky" movies "Child's Play 3" and "Bride of Chucky" on game day either that or it's a very odd coincidence. Nothing like fun-filled counterprogramming, I always say.
Speaking of counterprogramming, ESPN Classic ran tapes last Sunday of the 1982 NCAA final between Georgetown-North Carolina and the 1984 Maryland-Miami game two of the most significant games involving area teams in the '80s.
The basketball game was notable for (a) the fact that Michael Jordan had hair and (b) the poignant sight of John Thompson consoling Freddy Brown after the luckless Hoya cost Georgetown its final shot in a one-point loss by throwing a pass to the Tar Heels' James Worthy.
The football game was the one where Maryland, trailing 31-0 at halftime, staged the greatest rally in college history to win 42-40. Quarterback Frank Reich liked the feeling so much that nine years later he led the Buffalo Bills to the greatest comeback in NFL history, 41-38 over the Houston Oilers in an AFC wild-card game.
Miami coach Jimmy Johnson was so upset at the Hurricanes blowing the lead that he ruffled his hair on the sideline.
It should be obvious by now that Major League Baseball is doing everything it can shame on you, Bud Selig to avoid putting a team in Washington or Northern Virginia.
Last week's Budsqueak from the owners' meetings that the Montreal Expos won't necessarily be moved in time for the 2004 season was the latest in a series of delaying actions that can be interpreted as "anywhere but Washington."
Of course, there's no place else to go unless MLB wants to fight the rain in Portland, Ore., the gambling tables in Las Vegas or the beach in San Juan. But baseball has a long and dishonorable history of doing the wrong thing.
I've said this before, but it might help our cause if President Bush, the former Texas Rangers owner, would bang his fist on a podium and say, "It's disgraceful that Washington doesn't have a baseball team, and I want some action now!" Hey, wouldn't Dubya like to make the first pitch at the first presidential opener here since Richard Nixon was a first-termer?
Dream along with me (apologies to Perry Como).
You have to wonder whether Grant Hill's marvelous basketball career is over at 30. The Orlando Magic forward went on the injured list for the third time in recent seasons last week because of his chronically ailing left ankle. Coincidentally, the decision was made during halftime of a game at MCI Center not far from where Hill used to star at South Lakes High School before moving on to Duke.
With tears in his eyes, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Hill told his teammates that he just couldn't go on after leaving the game in pain in the second quarter. Superstar Tracy McGrady replied, "I'm gonna lead us to the playoffs. You just be ready to go in the playoffs."
Actually, Hill, who has missed big chunks of the last three seasons after signing with the Magic as an expensive free agent, might never play for Orlando again. There has been speculation that the club might try to negotiate a buyout to gain salary cap relief.
Officially, the Magic are saying Hill will be out a month, but the prognosis is not good. Because of the original injury, Hill played in only 18 of 164 regular-season games the past two seasons. This season he has missed 12 games and left early in six others.
"I can't fight it," Hill told the Sentinel last week. "I love to play, but that's gotten me into the trouble I've been in. So you've got to do what you've got to do."
It's a sad situation for a guy who led Duke to two NCAA titles and was an All-Star his first five seasons with the Detroit Pistons and who is one of the most decent people in pro sports. Very sad.
Final Super Bowl thought: Bucs 28, Raiders 24.

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