Keep your shirt on, Tatu, will be Blast's message

The Inside Stuff

November 20, 1990|By Bill Tanton

THE BLAST will face the hottest player in the Major Soccer League -- Tatu -- when the Dallas Sidekicks come to the Arena tomorrow night (7:35). Tatu, who is noted for tossing his shirt into the stands after scoring, has had 10 goals and six assists in his last three games. Although the Blast's record is only 4-5, coach Kenny Cooper, for once, is being patient. He's breaking in some new players, among them goalie Hank Henry, who has impressed everyone.

* A win over arch-rival Loyola Thanksgiving morning would not only give Calvert Hall a .500 season but would make the Cardinals' year. The Hall, after struggling most of the season, geared up for Loyola by beating City in the mud in its last outing. Says Calvert Hall coach Bill Mackley: "We've finally gotten some people back. Our quarterback coach, Mel Filler, has done a great job with Brian Healy. Brian played an intelligent game against City." Healy is from a football family. His dad, Pat, was a star halfback at Loyola under Ed Hargaden and at Notre Dame in the '50s. Brian's brother, Timmy, starred at Delaware and is in the plans of the Miami Dolphins.

* Norman Scherr, better known as Stormin' Norman, is a member of the Sports Boosters of Maryland and says the best speech at the organization's annual banquet the other night was given by New York Giants general manager George Young. "George has a very dry wit," says Scherr, who has been aware of that since he sat in Young's history class at City College 30 years ago.

* It's not enough to say simply that the undefeated (10-0) Giants have two players from Towson State. More accurately, they have two great players in Dave Meggett and Sean Landeta. Second-year pro Meggett is one of the most exciting players in the league. Landeta is not only the NFL's best punter; he may be the best punter ever. Against the Redskins two Sundays ago, Landeta sent three straight punts out of bounds inside the 5-yard line, leading to 14 Giants points. "It's not just luck," says Landeta. "There's a way of putting a spin on the ball so it'll bounce backward or to the side."

* Byron Roberts, who covered big-time college football for years for The Washington Post, is now a huge fan of Division III football. Says Roberts: "This year's Johns Hopkins-Western Maryland game was one of the best I've seen in a long time. Each team had a great running back, Paul Ferrari for Hopkins, Eric Frees for Western Maryland. The nice thing is, they'll both be back next year."

* The up and coming Chesapeake Lacrosse Club took another step forward this week when it signed Jody Martin as head coach. Martin is a former head coach at Gilman who is now that school's athletic director. With players like Kevin Haus, Mark Altemus and Peter Jenkins, Chesapeake should challenge for club honors.

* Although the fabulous Gait twins, Paul and Gary, are finished playing lacrosse for Syracuse, we'll be seeing a lot of them around here. They'll sign autographs at Lax World Friday and at Bacharach-Rasin Saturday. On Dec. 29 they'll play indoor lacrosse for Detroit against the Baltimore Thunder at the Arena. They should be fantastic indoors. That's where they played all their lives in British Columbia before heading for Syracuse and leading the Orange to the last three NCAA championships.

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