Thumbs down on LindrosEric Lindros should not be allowed...

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December 01, 1991

Thumbs down on Lindros

Eric Lindros should not be allowed to play on Canada's Olympic hockey team if he does not play in Quebec, according to a poll sponsored by a local radio station.

CJRP said 79.6 percent of respondents favored removing Lindros from the Olympic team, and 20.4 percent were opposed.

The Institute Quebecois Opinion Publique poll of 503 Quebec-area residents asked if Lindros should be removed from the national team if he does not play exhibition games against the Quebec Nordiques and the Montreal Canadiens this month.

Hockey Canada said Thursday that Lindros, an 18-year-old center selected No. 1 overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the NHL draft last summer, will play in Montreal, but not Quebec.

Hockey Canada noted Lindros is on loan to the Olympic team from the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. Under the original agreement, Lindros was to have spent Dec. 1-15 with the Generals. The Olympic team is due to play the Nordiques in Quebec on Dec. 8 and the Canadiens in Montreal on Dec. 10.

Thanks for the upset, but . . .

Arizona State coach Larry Marmie didn't save his job by beating Arizona, 37-14, last Saturday.

Neither did Southern Cal's Jeff Cravath in 1950. His Trojans upset Notre Dame, 9-7, in the final game of the season. Then, he was fired.

Cravath had a 2-5-1 record in 1950 and an overall mark of 54-28-8, including three Rose Bowl appearances. Marmie is 6-5 and 22-21-1.

P.S. Southern Cal didn't fire another head coach until 1986, when Ted Tollner was released.

Blanket request doesn't fit all

An agent representing 26 Soviet athletes sent a fax to promoter Al Franken asking him to consider them for the Feb. 15 Sunkist Invitational at Los Angeles' Sports Arena.

Included were Yuriy Chernyega, a hammer thrower, and Sergey Koval, a marathon runner.

The marathon man would have to run 287 1/2 laps indoors to complete 26 plus miles. The hammer thrower? Forget it.

Third-man theme

An NFL team can suit up a third quarterback but can't use him unless the first two are hurt and can't return to the game. New York Jets coach Bruce Coslet wanted to play rookie Browning Nagle late in last Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers, so he declared starter Ken O'Brien and backup Troy )) Taylor out. He told them: "Kenny, you're hurt, and Troy, you're under psychiatric care."

The quote

Edmonton Oilers coach Ted Green on the team's future after the departure of stars such as Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr: "I wouldn't worry about the death of the Oilers. The only way to kill this team is with a wooden stake through its heart."

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