Boxing crew split on Arena victor

Phil Jackman

February 28, 1991|By Phil Jackman

Reading time, two minutes: The boxing mob, apprised of the odds favoring Vincent Pettway in Monday night's strangely named "Battle of Bad Blood" against Eddie Van Kirk at the Arena, looked the other way and sees it as a dead-even affair.

For Van Kirk (all by KO) -- Don Elbaum, Tom Roth, Nick Trotta, Lou Benson, Carson McCourry, Tom Danna and Gia The Round Girl, who says, "Eddie will catch my spirit and take him out in five."

For Pettway (mostly by decision) -- Clarence "Du" Burns, Russell Peltz, Max Kisner, Johnny Gilden, Ron Essett, Josh Hall, Frank Gilbert.

The Evening Sun reserves the right to break the tie in next Monday's editions.

* The 2000/Love tennis exhibition, put on by the World Hunger Project at the Capital Centre April 22, has scored big again, landing Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl. Last year's show, featuring John McEnroe and Andre Agassi, raised $250,000 as 12,000 fans showed up.

* Might not be a bad idea if the Blast started checking the size of the goals in their travels. Statistics suggest arenas in Dallas, St. Louis, Tacoma, etc., must be playing with the old, smaller goal (78 square feet, as opposed to 105) because the local booters have been able to average just four goals a game on the road while going for seven at home.

* The women, six of whom have personal bests better than the course record, figure to provide the thrills in Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon. Julie Isphording is the defending champ joined by Cathy O'Brien, Aurora Cunha, Anne Audain, Maria Trujillo and Priscilla Welch.

* Interesting yarn contributed by White Sox executive Ron Schueler, who was a scout when American League relief pitcher of the year Bobby Thigpen was starting out: "He was sent to the Dominican Republic for winter ball and I came upon him, lost at the airport. I gave him a ride, got him situated and showed him around. I can truthfully say I knew him when he had 20 pesos [value: less than a penny] in his pocket."

* Mike Tyson saying, "I am the No. 1 challenger and I should get the championship bout" while attempting to derail the Evander Holyfield-George Foreman title match in April is a great example of selective memory. Holyfield was top-rated for two years, waiting patiently as Tyson brushed aside an assortment of pretenders.

* One of the hotshots playing for the U.S. All-Stars against the Capital All-Stars in the McDonald's Capital Classic is Travis Best, a 5-foot-11 guard who chipped in with 81 points during a recent victory by Springfield (Mass.) Central High. Wonder how much playmaking he'll be doing at the Cap Centre come March 27?

* It turns out that John Kordic, Washington Caps hitman, speaks with forked tongue. When he arrived in this area from Toronto, he took a vow on his upper bridge that he would get in a fight in every game for the rest of the season. He was 6-for-6 until Monday night in New Jersey when pacifism enveloped him.

* For only the second time since the rug went outdoors, the NCAA football champion turned out to be a team that has an artificial turf field (whether Colorado or Georgia Tech was your preference).

* Just about everybody agrees that the only way to get collegiate athletics under control is for the schools themselves (not the athletic department) to grab total command. So, along comes highly-touted William & Mary, forced to abandon four sports because of a money crunch, reinstating said sports as a result of receiving outside financial support.

* After 15 victories, if I were a Maryland cager, I think I might be taking a bit of umbrage, reading incessantly about how little was expected of the squad and what a valiant band of overachievers we turned out to be.

* Officiating, good, bad and otherwise, was being discussed when this story was tossed into the pot: A couple of years ago, former Washington Cap Mike Gartner was ejected from a game for being the third man in a fight. Trouble was, there were no penalties handed out for fighting, roughing, slashing or anything else.

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