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September 15, 1991

Die-hard fans

College football fans can take their loyalty with them into the grave, now that a company has come up with caskets with the school colors of Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia.

Loretto Casket Co. will drape a $2,000 casket in the colors of the deceased's school. Team logotypes are in full color on a white velvet panel that fits inside the lid.

"The reception has been tremendous," said Ken Abercrombie, company owner.

Company officials got the idea early this year while preparing new lines of caskets for a Tennessee funeral directors convention. Abercrombie, after talking with the convention planners, decided to market an orange casket with a white lining.

He knew Alabama morticians would be at the same convention, so his company, which is about 25 miles from Florence, Ala., produced a red casket with an Alabama logo.

Funeral directors were impressed.

"They immediately thought of instances where these would be appropriate," Abercrombie said.

Plenty of fish in Marlins' sea

They are coming out of the woodwork for a position with major-league baseball's newest addition, the Florida Marlins.

A rabbi wants to be the team chaplain. A Manhattan lawyer with degrees from Harvard and Yale is offering to negotiate contracts. A public relations director for the Salvation Army wants to work in the press box. An aeronautics specialist would be a natural for traveling secretary.

A lawyer for the U.S. Department of Labor even wrote that he is willing to discuss any position "from manager to lowly attorney," the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported.

First, but not really

The Atlanta Braves' combined no-hitter Wednesday night was the first in National League history, but it was not the first time three NL pitchers threw nine innings of no-hit ball.

In 1956 against the Milwaukee Braves, the Cincinnati Reds' Johnny Klippstein pitched seven innings, Hershell Freeman the eighth and Joe Black the ninth without giving up a hit. Jack Dittmer doubled against Black in the 10th, and Black lost the game on three hits in the 11th.

The game was recorded as a combined no-hitter, but because of the recent ruling by the commissioner's office defining no-hitters as games of nine innings or more that ended with no hits, it no longer qualifies.

Hope the girls are good spellers

James Coley, the Chicago Bears' tight end from Clemson, and his wife, Gwannettia, have daughters named Tiyonneteona, Shanuanevia, Ani, Myrialysia and Fehlisegwanafay, and a son named James Jr.

The quote

ABC broadcaster Al Michaels, on the San Francisco 49ers' 18-game road winning streak, which ended in this season's

opening game: "They love to fly and it shows."

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