IF IT WEREN'T for that stupid safety against Clemson after a horrible snap from center, Maryland's football team could be 4-0 right now. If you'd told anyone a month ago that the Terps would be 3-1 with only a one-point loss to Clemson, you'd have been told you were nuts.
Maryland's fast start hasn't sold everyone on coach Joe Krivak, however. A Baltimore stockbroker who's a College Park alumnus called yesterday to say he's "afraid Krivak will be back next year." The broker refuses to forgive Krivak for the lack of knowledge of the rules he showed in making a poor decision on a penalty in the Clemson game. That was inexcusable.
* How do you propose someone for sainthood? I'd like to nominate Sam Lamantia, the Joppa Road barber, and his friends who put on the Ed Block Courage Award banquet. They just turned over another $150,000 to St. Vincent's Center for Abused Children, bringing their 12-year total to more than $1 million. Incredible. Especially when you consider the money has been raised through a pro football banquet in a town that hasn't had pro football for seven years.
* Blast owner Ed Hale has re-done the Blast uniforms in the pleasing blue and gray of his alma mater, Sparrows Point High School. It's a good thing Hale didn't go to Park School. Park's uniforms are brown.
Speaking of soccer, the almost shockingly successful Maryland Bays, having won the championship of the American Professional Soccer League, will play in Vancouver tomorrow night against the first-place team (the season there is at the all-star break) in the Canadian League. Key people for Baltimore, according to John Magione, who broadcast their APSL title game from Boston, have been the coach, ex-Baltimore U. All-America Pete Caringi, and high-scoring Phillip Gyau, now a member of the U.S. National team. Gyau's father, who was known as Nana, played for the old Baltimore Bays in the '60s.
* Chances are you've never seen a sports show like the one that will take place here Oct. 4-6, the Maryland Senior Olympics. Baltimorean Beach Schultz, one of the best senior swimmers, says there will be 1,365 athletes in the competition. Track and field at Towson State's Minnegan Stadium on Oct. 5 and 6 will be the premier attraction. Baltimore is applying to host the nationals in '95.
* The Red Sox have the edge in the schedule with nearly all their remaining games at home but it looks from here as if Toronto will win the AL East despite having only road games remaining. Boston -- and I'd love to see the Sox win it -- has fallen apart. Ailing Roger Clemens is scheduled to pitch Friday against Toronto, but that might not be enough. Toronto is playing much better ball.
Boston's collapse -- what's new? -- has followed perfectly the script of Dan Shaughnessy's book, "The Curse of the Bambino," which is selling in New England as fast as it can be printed.
* Loyola College lacrosse coach Dave Cottle was on the verge of signing Johns Hopkins all-time great Dave Pietramala for his coaching staff until Tony Seaman, the new coach at Hopkins, stepped in and secured Pietramala for the Blue Jays.