THERE AREN'T many rivalries in all of sports like Gilman-McDonogh in football, which will be played for the 75th time tomorrow at Gilman at 1 o'clock. Fifty former Gilman captains have accepted invitations to attend and shake the hands of their McDonogh counterparts of years past.
The senior captain of the day will be Thomas B. Harrison, Gilman class of 1919. The late Jake Slagle, class of '22, will be represented by his widow. Two of Gilman's captains led two teams -- George Franke, '40 and '41, and Frank Riggs, '55 and '56.
Twenty McDonogh captains will be present. The oldest of these is Willis Lynch, who played in 1928, the first year McDonogh beat Gilman. Gilman is heavily favored in this game but as athletic director Jody Martin says -- and means -- "You can throw the records out the window when these teams meet."
* Maryland's inconsistent football team is not as good as Penn State's, which has won six straight, but when the Terps play up there tomorrow they'll have two psychological advantages. One is that Penn State will be looking ahead to Notre Dame next week. The other is that Joe Paterno has become involved this week in a feud with Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim.
It started when Boeheim said Penn State will have trouble recruiting in basketball when it goes in the Big Ten. He was right. Penn State will have trouble recruiting in basketball no matter what league it plays in. The best basketball players don't want to go to a school in the middle of nowhere. That's precisely where Penn State is. With so much bad blood between Syracuse and Penn State already, Paterno should have known better than to respond by referring to Boeheim as "a guy who can't win." Paterno didn't need the extra distraction.
* Chuck Burke, Baltimore's No. 1 Notre Dame fan, has been watching Navy-Notre Dame football games since the series started here in 1927. He attended last week's game at the Meadowlands, won by the Irish, 52-31, and called it "a class act" with 70,382 people in attendance and no drunks, and with Notre Dame fans standing and applauding Navy's game effort in a post-game salute.
Burke says the absence of injured Irish nose tackle Chris Zorich hurts Notre Dame more than people realize and could contribute to defeat tomorrow against Tennessee. Opponents don't have to double-team Zorich's replacements.
* With California voters this week turning down a new ballpark for the San Francisco Giants, the Orioles should be thankful that their own new park in the Camden Yards was rammed through before the economy turned sour. The new park here would have been defeated if the question had gone to referendum. In the present economy, we're going to see more taxpayers refusing to build stadia for owners who pay their players millions.
* Popular Orioles public address announcer Rex Barney will handle the ring announcing duties next Tuesday for the boxing show at Painters Mill. Promoter Stu Satosky reports an advance sale of 1,500 for the 2,400-seat house.
* An old Baltimore Bullets' NBA record is in jeopardy: 32 straight road losses, set in 1954. The New Jersey Nets have lost 31 in a row and next play on the road Nov. 17 at Milwaukee. Paul "Bear" Hoffman, who was a member of that old Bullets team, was at yesterday's Locust Point Second Thursday luncheon at J. Patrick's.
Towson State coach Phil Albert also attended the luncheon and reported that football will be saved at TSU if $85,000 is raised by Dec. 1 and another $110,000 a year from now. The Tigers' 1991 home schedule is certainly worth saving with Boston U., Delaware and James Madison due in.