Route 2. A weekly journey through Anne Arundel County

Route 2. A weekly journey through Anne Arundel County

December 11, 1990

BWI OFFICIALS BESIEGED BY SKEPTICAL PRESS

Trying to prove the truth to the press can be a thankless task.

Officials at Baltimore-Washington International Airport found that out last week when two Northwest Airlines jets collided at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Dec. 3, killing eight people.

For some reason, the press thought that Flight 299, the Boeing 727-200 trying to take off when it hit a DC-9 that had turned onto the wrong runway, had originated at BWI.

That sent television stations from Baltimore and Washington, as well as newspaper reporters, to the airport looking for information on passengers and any other tidbits that might be obtained.

Reporters were running around at airport offices; satellite trucks with their antennae extended were parked at the terminal.

It all proved trying for the airport, which was caught off guard -- especially since the press was wrong.

The erroneous information may have come from a flight guide, which lists a Northwest flight 299 bound for Detroit from BWI. But that schedule doesn't take effect until this Saturday. How ABC News in New York and CNN -- which first reported the BWI connection -- obtained the information is a mystery.

"I don't know where they got it from," said BWI spokesman Adrian Pittman. "Everybody picked it up from what the networks said. They were calling us and we told them it was not our plane. They said they got it from Northwest and asked who was right. I said we were right."

Pittman said that from 2 to 6:30 p.m., the airport was besieged with calls from reporters. "I said, 'Look, I'm not lying.' At one point, I had three desk people from one TV station on three different lines at the same time. Then the same people called back two hours later because the networks hadn't picked up the change."

The 727, with 146 passengers on board, was on its way to Memphis, Tenn., before the crash. It originated in Detroit.

SOURCE: -- Peter Hermann

ROCH TROTS OUT HIS SPORTS TOP 10 LISTS

Late night talk show host David Letterman recently came out with a book containing his favorite Top 10 lists. And that got me to thinking. . .

Here are a few possible entries for an Anne Arundel County Sun sports edition. And remember, folks, it's all in fun. Honest.

SOUTHERN BOYS BASKETBALL COACH TOM ALBRIGHT'S TOP 10 FAVORITE EXCUSES FOR NOT CALLING US:

No. 10 No phone lines in South County.

No. 9 Thought you guys were trying to sell me a subscription.

No. 8 These darn push-button phones give me fits.

No. 7 A friend bought me The Clapper and my hands are too sore to dial.

No. 6 My idea of using two tin cans and a long string just isn't working.

No. 5 Saving up my quarters to buy a Chia Pet.

No. 4 Too busy writing Christmas cards to my buddies at The Washington Post and The Capital.

No. 3 Got caught up in MTV's Top 10 Video Countdown.

No. 2 Thought you said your number was "976-CHAT."

No. 1 No one around here reads your stinking paper, anyway.

THE SPALDING FOOTBALL TEAM'S TOP 10 EXCUSES FOR NOT WINNING A GAME THIS YEAR:

No. 10 Opposing teams tricked us by yelling "Punt" whenever we crossed midfield.

No. 9 Some clown told us it was two-hand touch.

No. 8 George Fox Middle School doesn't field a team.

No. 7 Referees never forgave us for putting Icy Hot on their whistles.

No. 6 Every time coach drew X's and O's, we thought he was playing tic-tac-toe.

No. 5 Kept tripping over the white lines.

No. 4 Our best players never got over fear of end zones.

No. 3 Rumors of a Go-Go's reunion just too distracting.

No. 2 Thought the team with the most losses got No. 1 draft pick.

No. 1. Defense, shmee-fense.

TOP 10 THINGS OVERHEARD AT AN ANNAPOLIS BOYS BASKETBALL GAME:

No. 10 Pardon me, you mind telling me how you were able to get your ears to stop bleeding from the loud music?

No. 9 If we're supposed to be The Panthers, why does our mascot look like an anteater?

No. 8 I only come here for that squeaking sneaker noise.

No. 7 When does the other team get to shoot?

No. 6 I didn't think our scoreboard went that high.

No. 5 Five bucks says the referee collapses before halftime.

No. 4 Those wimps over at College Park are afraid to play us, you know.

No. 3 You don't think that Quayle guy will become president, do you?

No. 2 We don't have anyone 7-foot-2, but we're scrappy.

No. 1 Is that Brady's real hair?

I also have a Top 10 list of sports terms that sound dirty, but really aren't. However, not all were deemed suitable for publication, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

SOURCE: -- Roch Eric Kubatko

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