Few things in any sport are as irresistible as a clash between the two top-ranked teams. That's what we have in high school football at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow when Calvert Hall, No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun poll, visits No. 2 City College.
City is my pick largely because of Terrence Suber, one of the most effective quarterbacks I've seen around here in a while.
"The only thing that can keep Suber from being a big-time college player is his size," says City assistant coach Warren Schwartz, a one-time Western Maryland quarterback himself as well as a former head coach at Forest Park, Southwestern and Eastern.
"I'll say this about him," Schwartz says of Suber, who is 5 feet 10 and 165 pounds. "He's a great kid and a gentleman. The other day I asked him if he ever says anything but 'Yes, sir' and 'No, sir.' "
George Petrides, who has been City's head coach since 1975, doesn't even think size will stop Suber.
"He's an athlete," says Petrides, who centered the ball to quarterback Kurt Schmoke when both played for coach George Young at City.
"Terrence is only a junior. He can still grow. He also starts on defense. He could be our punter and kicker, too, but we won't let him do all that. He plays varsity basketball. Plus he's a good student."
In six games, all wins, Suber has passed for 755 yards (and nine touchdowns) and rushed 34 times for 195.
Petrides shuddered at the suggestion that City should be favored.
"Calvert Hall [7-0] has beaten us three years in a row," he said. "Rankings don't make any difference now. We'll just play the game and see who wins."
* Frank Robinson may think the 1966 World Series was the best ever, but he wouldn't trade his Series share from that year ($11,683) for the check each of the Twins is about to collect ($119,593). The largest Series share ever collected by the Orioles was $65,487 after beating the Phils in '83.
* Bill Stude's funeral here this week brought out a host of former Mount Washington Club lacrosse and field hockey players. Stude, who was 78, played both. He was on the U.S. field hockey teams in the '48, '52 and '56 Olympics.
Harry Marcoplos, still an assistant coach of the Johns Hopkins women's team, played in all three Olympics with Stude. Said Marcoplos:
"Kid Norris [the late coach] started hockey at the Mount Washington Club after World War II. It kept his lacrosse players in shape in the fall.
"Bill Stude was a fullback, which they call sweeper now. He was fast and he had quick hands. We played against teams from New York, Philadelphia, Greenwich and Washington. Since we played in the '56 Games in Melbourne, the U.S. has never sent a men's field hockey team to the Olympics.
"There's no club here now, which is a shame. Field hockey is a cheap game to play -- there's very little equipment needed -- and there's a lot of physical activity."
* Loyola College will celebrate 80 Years of "Hound Hoop History" at a banquet at the Sheraton-Towson Nov. 12. Lefty Reitz and Jim Lacy will be honored. Master of ceremonies will be Bill Raftery of CBS-TV and ESPN. This year's Greyhounds open with an exhibition at the Reitz Arena against the touring Soviets Nov. 16. Their first regular-season game will be played at Stanford on Nov. 22.
* According to the NCAA's computers, Notre Dame has played the toughest schedule in the country over the past 14 years -- even with Navy on the schedule every one of those years.
The Irish will meet Navy at South Bend Saturday at 4 p.m. Navy, winless this year, hasn't beaten Notre Dame since 1963.
This is another of those years when Navy and Maryland, neither setting the world on fire, should meet. They haven't played since 1965. Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger keeps trying to schedule Navy. Says Geiger: "One of the problems is that Jack [Lengyel, Navy's athletic director] is booked through 2001."
* The Washington Bullets are staging a rally, open to the public, tomorrow from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Pavilion. There will be performances by Hoops, the Bullet mascot, a real show stopper, and by the Bullettes, the club's entertaining dance team. If only they had a decent basketball team.