- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 27, 2004

The “Drive Responsibly” Sports Hall of Fame: Tom Beer (NFL tight end, 1970s) Bobby Wine (major league shortstop, 1960s), Emerson Boozer (Jets running back, ‘60s and ‘70s), Bob Margarita (Georgetown football coach, ‘40s and ‘50s), Paul Martini (world pairs figure skating champ, 1984), Brandi Chastain, Marge Schott, the Purdue Boilermakers … and now the Booz Allen Classic.

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And let’s not forget Donald “Designated” Driver, the Packers receiver.

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News item: Mike Tyson planning seven fights in three years to pay off debts.

Comment: Now he just has to find seven opponents willing to let him eat their children.

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Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech’s ever-quotable hoops coach, on the NBA’s infatuation with high schoolers: “It’s the culture of our game now. Everything goes in cycles. European players were very, very hot for a while. Now it’s the high school players. Guys like Jermaine O’Neal were drafted in the ‘futures market,’ and now they’re starting to pan out. Who’s it going to affect? It’s not going to affect the mid-majors. It’s not even going to affect the high mid-majors. It’s just going to affect the elite programs that can recruit the elite players. In the long run, this has the potential to level the playing field.”

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Web Find of the Week: The Charlotte Bobcats’ Draft Central page. It’s absolutely first rate, folks — especially all the information about past expansion drafts, which can be hard to come by. Some arcane expansion draft details I was able to dig up:

1. A Celtics center named John Thompson went in the first expansion draft to the Chicago Bulls in 1966. (Other future coaches taken in that draft were Jerry Sloan, Johnny Kerr, Al Bianchi and Jeff Mullins.)

2. Another well-known coach who was picked in an expansion draft: Pat Riley (Trail Blazers, 1970).

3. Len Chappell (1966, ‘68 and ‘70), McCoy McLemore (1966, ‘68 and ‘70) and George Wilson (1967, ‘68 and ‘70) were selected in three expansion drafts.

4. The best expansion draft was probably 1968. The Suns came away with Gail Goodrich and Dick Van Arsdale, the Bucks with Bob Love and Jon McGlocklin. All four were on the verge of becoming stars (though Love did it with the Bulls, who acquired him from Milwaukee).

5. The Bullets’/Wizards’ list of expansion draftees: Sloan (Bulls), 1966; John Barnhill (Rockets), Johnny Green (Rockets) and Ben Warley (SuperSonics), 1967; John Egan (Bucks) and Stan McKenzie (Suns), 1968; LeRoy Ellis (Trail Blazers) and Ray Scott (Buffalo Braves), 1970; Louie Nelson (Jazz), 1974; Jim Cleamons (Mavericks), 1980; Muggsy Bogues (Hornets), 1988; Terry Catledge (Magic), 1989; Larry Stewart (Grizzlies), 1995; and now Lonny Baxter (Bobcats), 2004.

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This is what’s known in the business as “fleshing out the column.”

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Who would have believed two years ago that the Wizards would leave Juan Dixon unprotected in the expansion draft — but not Steve Blake?

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Good friend Ed McKee at GW e-mailed to remind us that the Pistons wouldn’t have won the NBA title without the contributions of assistant John Kuester, coach of the Colonials from 1985 to 1990. Kuester’s time in Foggy Bottom was less than glorious, bottoming out with a 1-27 record in his next-to-last season, but he’s fashioned a nice career in the pros, first in Boston and more recently in Philadelphia and Detroit under fellow North Carolina alum Larry Brown.

John was “a head coach [at Boston University] before he was 30,” McKee writes. “Then he was here at GW for five challenging, transitional seasons [between Gerry Gimelstob and Mike Jarvis]. … He has grown measurably as a coach in the pros. I know there are many Wizards-related … stories about the Detroit title team, but I thought I’d share another Washington link with you.”

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Let’s not be too hard on the Wimbledon umpire who lost track of the score in the Venus Williams-Karolina Sprem tiebreaker. After all, the same thing happened in a French Open semifinal this year between Gaston Gaudio and David Nalbandian.

According to the AP, “Confusion about the score came with Gaudio serving 5-2 in the [second-set] tiebreaker. He erroneously served from the deuce side of the court, and neither Nalbandian nor chair umpire Andreas Egli noticed the mistake until after the point, which Gaudio won for a 6-2 lead. The point counted, and Egli told Gaudio to serve again from the deuce side.

“Nalbandian overcame three consecutive set points to reach 6-5, but Gaudio then closed out the set with an overhead slam [and rallied to win the match].” He then beat Guillermo Coria for the title.

How quickly we forget.

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Couldn’t help but notice the box score of the game between Tampa Bay and Toronto on Thursday, a real pitchers’ duel won by the Devil Rays 19-13. Not only did the D-Rays have 24 hits, they drew 11 walks and had one batter hit by a pitch — a total of 36 base runners in a nine-inning game. The Blue Jays threw 204 pitches in all, and four of their six pitchers got yanked in the middle of an inning. And not because manager Carlos Tosca was going lefty-righty either. He just couldn’t wait to get them out of there.

(What do you suppose the record is in that category, anyway — the record for most pitchers knocked out of a game in the middle of an inning?)

Anyway, the real point of the item is this: Maybe Washington should forget about the Expos and try to get the Blue Jays to move to D.C. They sound like our kind of team.

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Never thought I’d hear David Wells, the Padres’ noted philistine, paraphrasing Winston Churchill. I’m referring to the remark Wells made recently on Fox Sports Net: “My motto is: I’m fat, you’re ugly, and I can diet.”

Churchill’s famous line came in response to Lady Astor’s observation that he was drunk. “Yes, madam,” he’s said to have replied. “But in the morning, I will be sober, and you will still be ugly.”

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In honor of Martina Navratilova becoming, at 47, the oldest woman to win a singles match at Wimbledon since 1922, the Sunday Column proudly presents “Notable Achievements by (There’s No Other Way to Put It) Old Women”:

• Oldest woman to complete a marathon: Ruth Rothfarb, United States, 80 years old, 1981. (In 1993, at 91, Ruth finished D.C.’s Cherry Blossom 10-Miler in three hours, 27 minutes.)

• Oldest woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest: Tame Watanabe, 63, Japan, 2002.

• Oldest woman to sail around the world alone: Pat Henry, U.S., 56, 1997.

• Oldest woman to be seeded in singles at Wimbledon: Billie Jean King, U.S., 39 years, 209 days, 1983 (No.10 seed).

• Oldest woman to win a professional golf major: Babe Zaharias, U.S., 42 years, 11 months, U.S. Women’s Open, 1954.

• Oldest woman to make the cut in an LPGA event: JoAnne Carner, U.S., 65, 2004.

• Oldest woman to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics in an individual event: Christina Baas-Kaiser, Netherlands, 3,000-meter speed skating, 33 years, 268 days, 1972.

• Oldest woman to dive the wreck of the Andrea Doria (235 feet deep): Cecilia Connelly, U.S., 54, 1984.

• Oldest woman to bowl a sanctioned 300 game: Helen Duval, U.S., 65, 1990.

• Oldest woman to swim the English Channel: Carol Sing, U.S., 57, 1999.

• Oldest woman to finish the Ironman Triathlon: Sister Madonna Bruder, 72, 2002.

• Oldest woman to play in a WNBA game: Cynthia Cooper, U.S., 40 years, one month, eight days, 2004.

• Oldest woman to make a parachute jump: Sylvia Brett, Great Britain, 80 years, 166 days, 1986.

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You’ve gotta love Ruthie Rothfarb. She took up marathoning at 69 when her husband died and lived to be 96. “I had to do something,” she explained. “I wasn’t going to sit around doing nothing.”

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If you can’t get excited about Reston’s Alan Webb running a 3:50.85 mile in the Prefontaine Classic you’re … like most sports fans. ‘Tis a pity, America’s indifference to track and field these days — except, that is, when somebody’s getting busted for steroids.

(As for me, I’m pumped. How low can the kid go?)

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And finally …

The most interesting thing to come out of the trial of the Super Bowl Streaker: His favorite NFL team is the Bares.

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